Nichole Canuso Dance Company presents Sneakers at Theatre Exile

Nichole Canuso Dance Company will present Sneakers from September 6 – 10, 2019 at Theatre Exile in Philadelphia, PA.

When someone departs your life they also enter it in a new way. Sneakers is about that shift. Created and performed by Nichole Canuso (Wandering Alice, TAKES, The Garden, Pandæmonium) in collaboration with director Suli Holum and sound designer Michael Kiley, Sneakers is an elegy for what has gone, and a tender tumble through what remains. Sneakers also examines the architecture of memory, and the systems we construct to house the past, the present, the false, the borrowed and the buried. The last time Canuso, Holum and Kiley collaborated in these same roles, was the Fringe Festival hit Wandering Alice (2008). These three dear friends and collaborators have hovered in one another’s orbit over the years, collaborating in different constellations of artists. They return as a trio to create this deeply personal work about grief and consolation, and the architecture of memory. Sneakers will be performed at Theatre Exile in south Philadelphia Friday, September 6th through Tuesday, September 10th, showing times are as followed: Friday, 6pm; Saturday 7pm; Sunday, 3pm; Monday, 8pm* (*followed by a late-night performance cabaret); Tuesday, 8pm. Theatre Exile is located at 1340 S. 13th St., Philadelphia, PA 19147. Box office: 215-413-1318. For tickets visit

*Monday evening’s performance will be followed by a late-night cabaret featuring Martha Graham Cracker, Eliza Hardy Jones, Pax Ressler, Emmanuel Delpech and many more. Drinks and snacks will be available throughout the evening.


(Canuso and Wilson’s Festival within a festival) Nichole Canuso is sharing the week of performances with Choreographer/Performer Annie Wilson. Canuso and Wilson are sharing the venue, running their performances in rep and also curating some late-night programming with drinks and snacks available. Full schedule as follows: • Friday 9/6 • 6pm Sneakers by Canuso • 9pm bilialien by Wilson (followed by Yesterday’s Garbage (late night programming) • Saturday 9/7 • 3pm bilialien by Wilson • 8pm Sneakers by Canuso • Sunday 9/8 • 3pm Sneakers by Canuso • 8pm bilialien by Wilson (followed by Yesterday’s Garbage (late night programming) • Monday 9/9 • 5pm bilialien by Wilson • 8pm Sneakers by Canuso (followed by Today’s Elegies (late night programming) • Tuesday 9/10 • 1pm bilialien by Wilson • 8pm Sneakers by Canuso CREDITS Performed by Nichole Canuso Created in collaboration with Director Suli Holum With Composer/Sound Designer Michael Kiley And Lighting Designer Maria Shaplin


Nichole Canuso (creator, choreographer, and performer) is a Philadelphia-based choreographer, performer and teacher who has been working in the field for over 20 years. She is committed to long-term development processes that enable relationship-building with artistic collaborators, community partners and audiences. Her work has been supported by The National Endowment for the Arts, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, among others. Presentation of NCDC’s includes New York Live Arts, Los Angeles Performance Practice, HERE in New York, NY, ODC in San Francisco, CA and American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA. Residencies include Maggie Alessee National Center for Choreography in Tallahassee, FL, The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH, Millay Colony in NY, Workshop Foundation in Budapest, Hungary, The Hambidge Center in GA and Dance Omi International Residency in NY. Canuso is a 2017 Pew Fellow. Suli Holum (director) is a Philadelphia-based theatre artist, member of The Wilma HotHouse and artistic director of The Work, an incubator for new performance. She last collaborated with NCDC on Wandering Alice. She was a founding member of Pig Iron Theatre Company, and CoArtistic Director of Stein | Holum Projects ( whose works include Drama Desk nominated Chimera, and The Wholehearted. She is the recipient of a Drama Desk Award, Fox Resident Actor Fellowship, Barrymore Award, and Independence Fellowship and her work has been developed and presented by Fringe Arts, Center Theatre Group (LA), HERE and Under the Radar (NYC), ArtsEmerson (Boston), New Dramatists, The Orchard Project, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Michael Kiley (sound designer) is a sound designer, composer, performer and educator working in dance, theatre, and public installation. Original works include Close Music for Bodies (’17 FringeArts Festival), The Empty Air, Animina, and Grindstone Devotional (GPS controlled soundwalks via iTunes, Google), As the Eyes of the Seahorse (HERE Arts Center), Kuerner Sounds (Brandywine River Museum), and With Happiness for You, World (American Composers Forum/Mural Arts). Theatrical collaborations include Mr. Burns (Wilma Theatre), The Christians (Bristol Riverside Theatre), Ludic Proxy (The Play Co.), Saint Joan, Heisenberg (Delaware Theatre Company), As You Like It, Hamlet, R&G Are Dead (The Acting Company), John, Stinky Cheese Man (Arden Theatre Company), Rizzo (Philadelphia Theatre Company), The Gap (Azuka Theatre), The Invisible Hand, Completeness, The Aliens (Theatre Exile). Dance collaborations include Thank You for Coming: Attendance (Faye Driscoll), Otro Teatro (luciana achugar), The Garden (Nichole Canuso Dance Company), Takes (NCDC & Lars Jan), Only Sleeping (SubCircle with Geoff Sobelle), The Shame Symposium, The Vulgar Early Works (Chelsea and Magda). His work has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, The Independence Foundation, The Wyncote Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and FringeArts. Michael is a four-time nominee and two time winner of The Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre. He teaches his own voice practice entitled Personal Resonance. Maria Shaplin (lighting designer) is a Philadelphia-based lighting designer who received her MFA from Temple University. She has a BA in Anthropology and Sociology from Hampshire College. Maria designs for a wide array of Philadelphia-based companies including: Applied Mechanics, Swim Pony Performing Arts, InterAct, The Arden, The Wilma, New Paradise Laboratories, 1812, The Berserker Residents, Theater Horizon, Headlong, The Riot Group, UArts, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, People’s Light and Theater, Team Sunshine Performance Corporation, Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium and Quintessence. Maria is the co-founder of Applied Mechanics, a company who devises immersive, multi-narrative performance art. She has toured all over the world with The Riot Group and Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental. Maria received the 2018 Barrymore Award for Outstanding Lighting Design.

ABOUT NICHOLE CANUSO DANCE COMPANY impressive fluency and understated humor – The New York Times no cheap thrills, no slick tricks, this lady is making movement art… simply one of the most beautiful movement pieces imaginable – Philadelphia City Paper Nichole Canuso Dance Company (NCDC) is dedicated to creating performance experiences that embrace the complexity of humanity. Projects often sit at the crossroads of movement, visual art, and theater. NCDC brings dance out of conventional spaces to engage audiences in adventurous ways. The company is currently exploring the interfaces of live, embodied presence with emerging technologies that challenge our definitions of human relationship. Founded in 2004 by choreographer Nichole Canuso, NCDC is a Philadelphia-based ensemble that creates works revealing the complexity of the human experience. NCDC has been presented by FringeArts (Philadelphia), New York Live Arts (New York), The American Repertory Theater (Cambridge, MA), The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (College Park, MD), Dance Theatre Workshop (New York), DancePlace (Washington, D.C.), Judson Church Movement Research Exchange (New York, Philadelphia), Links Hall (Chicago), Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival (New York), the International Festival of Art and Ideas (CT), HERE Arts Center (New York), Velocity Founders Theater (Seattle) and others. NCDC has been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the Wyncote Foundation, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the William Penn Foundation, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Knight Foundation, the Samuel S. Fels Fund, and Suzanne Roberts Foundation.

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