Nicole Klaymoon

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/FOUNDER

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Nicole Klaymoon

Nicole Klaymoon is Founder and Artistic Director of the Embodiment Project, 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.”  SF Chronicle said Klaymoon’s work is “a bit like taking a defibrillator jolt to the soul”.  Her new work Ancient Children, sponsored by MAP Fund, explores the ways restorative justice can interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline and will premier at the ODC Theater in June 2018. As a solo performer, Klaymoon created the dance theater production, Sixth Vowel, choreographed by Rennie Harris and directed by Kamilah Forbes of the New York City Hip Hop Theatre Festival. Miami New Times art critic Chuck Strouse wrote “Nicole Klaymoon’s Sixth Vowel was THE BEST small theatrical production I have seen in this city in a decade.”  She is currently a resident artist at the ODC Theater, a recipient of the Headlands Center for the Arts residency, and the Gerbode and Hewlett Foundation’s Commissioning Choreographers Award.  Klaymoon has collaborated with G.R.A.C.E. Africa in Embu Kenya, to create performance to challenge stigma around HIV/AIDS epidemic and incite important dialogue about sexual health. She has performed in dance works directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Rennie Harris, Sean San Jose, Amara Tabor-Smith, Meredith Monk, Maria Gellespie, and Anne Bluethenthal.  Klaymoon currently teaches a company technique class at Dance Mission in San Francisco, and is on faculty of the Performing Arts department at USF, Marin Academy High School and ODC Dance School. She received a B.A. in Dance from UCLA and an M.F.A. from the California Institute of Integral Studies.