Nicole Daunic

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Nicole Daunic’s research as a dancer and dance scholar examines the intersection of movement and power in choreographic and improvisational dance practices in order to consider the politics of how we move together.


Daunic has a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University where her research re-considered the figure of the ‘mute dancer’ in order to expose the politics of the dancer’s labor in contemporary experimental dance practices. Her work encompasses the fields of performance theory, critical dance studies, and contemporary dance, with a focus on the labor, knowledge production, corporeal intelligence, and creative experimentation of dancers. In addition to performing in New York City and abroad with choreographers such as Luciana Achugar, Walter Dundervill, Susan Sgorbati, 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 was a recurring visiting faculty member at Bennington for Spring 2018, Spring 2019, and Spring 2023.