Nicole Pierce walks The Walk

By DEBRA CASH  |  January 16, 2013


Dance maker Nicole Pierce was working the glue gun, constructing mossy objects, papier-mâché thingamabobs and items that she could hang from a net hoisted across the Art Deco balconies of the South End's Villa Victoria Center for the Arts. Her newest "dance installation," entitled The Walk, has been in development for more than a year, and is set to premiere January 24.

"For the moment, I'm done with the proscenium," Pierce says. "Its fourth wall has a formality that I don't want to do right now. I like making little worlds that people enter." A one-act multimedia event set to a score that ranges from elements of Bach's French Suites to big bands, her piece for seven female performers keeps it homemade. Pierce created the choreography, designed and is fabricating the set, and shot and tweaked video footage of the dancers at a construction site. Dancer friends have pitched in, notably Anna Zamarripa, who created collars, jackets, and other costume elements that transform the dancers' looks at a moment's notice.

"There's a lot of similarity between making objects and making dances," Pierce says. "I put all these little pieces together and then make them bunchy and messy and then clean them up. This is my brain, but in a different form."

THE WALK :: Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St, Boston :: January 24-26 :: 7:30 pm :: $25 :: 

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