Nicole Harris is the Engagement Director and co-founder of Monkeyhouse, a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting communities to choreography under the direction of Karen Krolak. With Monkeyhouse Nicole’s choreography was presented in NYC for the first time at age nineteen, toured the country numerous times, premiered over a dozen pieces of choreography and developed a wide range of programming.
In 2007 Nicole moved to NYC where she studied with Derick K. Grant and Lynn Schwab. While there Nicole was invited to perform at the TAP CITY Main Event in 2009 & 2010; presented work at the CoolNY and DUMBO Dance Festivals from 2009-2015 and was asked to perform at the 2008 Edmonton Fringe Festival.
Back in the Boston area, Nicole works with high school and college theatre programs including the Groton School and Babson College as a director and choreographer.
photo by Stephanie Sune
I am interested in people and their stories. Whether we believe it on a daily basis or not, each of us has lived a fascinating life filled with millions of stories. How you met your spouse, your road trip across the country, your battle with cancer, your relationship with your mom… there’s always a story to tell. My work tells those stories and uses them as a vehicle to connect people together.
My choreography was first presented professionally when I was 19, that first piece telling the story of a loss and the process of how we can heal. The last five years have seen a lot of loss and luckily a lot of healing. As I’m sitting on the far side of 35, wondering when my body will decide it has had enough of performing, I’ve been wondering about other ways to tell my stories. I’ve recently focused on drawing and fiber arts, which always lived (existed?) only on the fringes of my choreographic career. I find solace in the ability to create a tangible object that holds beauty, memory and functionality - a piece of my story that can exist beyond the confines of a single performance.
My choreography career has taken me across the country to meet some truly incredible people. As my life and art are going through a period of transition I have dedicated 2016 to expanding my travels outside of North America to gather and share stories across the globe.
photo by Caitlin O'Brien