Embodiment Project (“EP”) is a San Francisco-based urban dance theater company founded by Nicole Klaymoon in 2008. Quickly gaining critical acclaim, EP seamlessly intersects high-energy street dance, live song, choreo-poetry, and theater. EP recently received critical support from funders such as Gerbode and Hewlett Foundation, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, East Bay Fund for Artists, the City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program, Center for Cultural Innovation, Rainin Opportunity Fund, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation grant. Dance magazine Contributing Editor Rita Felciano called Embodiment Project one of the Bay Area’s “ten companies and artists who challenged expectations and unveiled surprises…in 2012.” The San Francisco Bay Guardian wrote that Nicole Klaymoon’s signature work House of Matter, “(w)as one of the most rocking and joyous dance shows to hit the town in a long time.”
EP performed in the collaborative, mixed media production Block By Block, directed by Sean San Jose, as part of the artist fellowship series at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. EP performed at numerous festivals including the 2013 and 2014 International Hip Hop Festival at the Palace of Fine Arts, Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s Left Coast Leaning Festival, G.R.A.C.E. Africa (Kenya), Booking Dance Festival at Jazz at Lincoln Center (NY), Daedalus Project on the Elizabethan Stage at Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OR), Dance Brigade’s Manifest-ival for Social Change (CA), Cuba Caribe Festival (CA), West Wave Dance Festival at Z Space (CA), ODC’s Walking the Distance Festival (CA), Krissy Kefer’s Voluspa: A Ghost Dance For 2012, and four consecutive years in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Green Show (OR).
EP has produced home season shows of original works to sold-out audiences for the past six years in San Francisco. The company has been awarded an artist residency at Intersection for the Arts, Red Poppy Art House, Destiny Arts Center, Dos Rios Artist Retreat Center, and Dance Mission Theater. EP has partnered with G.R.A.C.E. Africa on a interdisciplinary performance to disseminate information and raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in Kenya, Africa. They have also collaborated with ABD Productions for the past three years on a project called SKYWATCHERS, which is a community arts performance that partnered with formerly homeless residents of San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. This June EP will be presenting Rennie Harris’ 18th annual Illadelph Legends of Hip Hop Festival at Destiny Arts Center in Oakland.