Elise Nuding is a dance artist; a mover and a thinker whose creative practice includes performance, choreography, and writing. Currently based in London, Elise holds an M.A. from London Contemporary Dance School and a B.A. from Brown University (Archaeology). In addition to performing professionally for others, Elise makes work, with her own choreographic practice arising from the areas of dialogue she has encountered between performance and archaeology. Her research explores the relationships between place, memory, and people, tapping into interplays of body, memory/imagination, and material environments and seeking to make these ever-shifting interplays present through performance.
Both as a performer and maker Elise sees practice and theory as intrinsically linked, but is still trying to untangle the full implications of this framework. In the meantime, she continues to be inspired by the intelligent, vulnerable, unpredictable, and constantly surprising nature of the human body in performance. Writing also fits in there somewhere —both as a way to reflect upon her practice, but also as a practice in its own right. She is pro collaboration.
During her residence at Atelier ReAl in Lisbon, Elise will be working on a project which builds from her solo performance Shift, spin, warp, twine (2014), in which she works with sailing ropes. The project will combine her experiences working on traditional sailing ships with her creative practice as contemporary dance artist and writer. The project will take a series of objects from or associated with traditional sailing ships as a starting point for exploring the (hi)stories associated with the material objects. The resulting outcome will be a series of short movement studies/performances and writings based around the objects that not only address their cultural histories, but also their potential as creative and imaginative stimuli.