Nicole Klaymoon

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Artistic Director & 

Founder

 

  Named one of KQED's "Women to Watch" 2017

Named one of KQED's "Women to Watch" 2017

Nicole Klaymoon is Founder and Artistic Director of the Embodiment Project, a street dance theater company based in the San Francisco Bay area.  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”.  Embodiment Project’s Ancient Children was commissioned by YBCA and their newest work sponsored by MAP Fund will be presented by the ODC Theater in June 2018.  Klaymoon was selected as one of KQED’s 2017 Women to Watch and 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.  Embodiment Project's Izzy Dance Award Winning show Chalk Outlines toured nationally and is regarded by SF Chronicle as “potent, powerful, epic dance theater”.

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.”  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.” Sixth Vowel toured to festivals and venues including the Hip-Hop Theater Festival (NY), Illadelph Legends Hip-Hop Dance Festival (PA), Electric Lodge (CA), Miami Hip-Hop Project (FL), the Bride Theater (PA), UC Riverside (CA), the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland), Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Theater (OR), Studio Theatre (MD), 4th Street Theater, New York Theater Workshop (NY), and Intersection for the Arts Theater (CA).

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.