ARTIST SPOTLIGHT #4: Nicole von Arx
Know first about some of our Artists and their Companies on our ARTIST SPOTLIGHT leading up to Volume IV, Issue II.! Learn a little about who they are and what they are most passionate about!
Today’s SPOTLIGHT is:
Nicole von Arx
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOUR CHOREOGRAPHY:
Detailed, Groovy, Texturized
Born in England and raised in Switzerland, Nicole von Arx now lives between Geneva and New York. As a performer, she worked for Carte Blanche, The Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance, the Metropolitan Opera and freelanced dancing for New York City based artists. In 2013, she participated in The 6th Copenhagen International Choreography Competition while dancing for the choreographer Bryan Arias winning 1st place and Audience Choice Award. Her choreography has been presented in Switzerland at the Flux Laboratory, Reykjavík 2011 Culture Night in Iceland, at the Dumbo Dance Festival in Brooklyn and in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.
ABOUT Nicole’s CREATIVE PROCESS
My inspiration comes from the world that surrounds me, the people I meet, different sounds, textures and emotions. I don’t believe in just the form, athleticism and aesthetic of the work. I feel compelled to recreate aspects of the world we live in and, consequently, give the reality a deeper meaning.
My work process is a continuous discovery in which I evolve by giving myself creative tasks. I use images, stories and music/sounds to generate movement and illustrate the theme I am exploring. Most of all, I collaborate with artists that inspire the work with their own voices, while striving for risks and avoiding clichés.
Do you work in other mediums other than dance? Any other special talents?
The past three years, I have been continuously collaborating and working with painters, film directors, photographers, actors and musicians. I am drawn to them because of their strong individual voices that inspire my own creativity and work process.
What artists are you influenced by? Why so?
I feel extremely lucky to have either studied or worked with artists such as Etienne Frey, Bryan Arias, Summer Lee Rhatigan, Alex Ketley and Hofesh Shechter. They have been a huge influenced in my growth as a mover, thinker and creator. All are great visual artists, some passionate dreamers, that I constantly find myself referring to.
What is your most memorable moment as an artist, thus far?
I had a few turning points in my career. One of them was moving from Switzerland to New York. Leaving the safe, comfortable, clean streets of Geneva, and landing into a multicultural, hectic and challenging city filled with hungry talented artists. Another would be my return back to Europe for half a year last summer to work with Carte Blanche, The Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance. Having a similar experience to the one stepping into New York, I had to reconnect with the European lifestyle and creative world after being abroad for six years.
As much as I like to think we, people around the world, are all connected, I believe there is a uniqueness in each culture that needs to be acknowledge. With our incredible access to information through the web, we tend to lazily blend things together as one. After traveling so much, I realized that it’s not about trying to understand each other, but to cooperate when needed and mostly respect each other in any kind of way.
Say what you want to say! Have a quote you live by?
Check out Nicole at Volume IV, Issue II., on Friday, August 22nd at 7:30pm + Sunday, August 24th at 7pm!
Photo credit: Claudia Zakrzewski