Nicole Daunic’s research as a performer and dance scholar examines the intersection of movement, power and agency in choreographic and improvisational dance practices in order to consider the politics of how we move together.
Daunic is currently a Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) in the Department of Performance Studies at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Her work encompasses the fields of performance theory, critical dance studies, and contemporary dance, with an interest in breaking down the supposed binary between ways of knowing elicited through theory and practice. Daunic’s recent writing re-considers the figure of the ‘mute dancer’ in order to expose the politics of the dancer’s labor in contemporary experimental dance. In addition to performing in New York City and abroad with choreographers such as Luciana Achugar, Walter Dundervill, Mårten Spångberg, and Gillian Walsh, Daunic has served as co-editor of Movement Research’s online publication Critical Correspondence in 2012 and was a recipient of the Corrigan Fellowship in 2008. She is a visiting faculty member at Bennington for spring 2018.