Michelle Boulé (b. 1977) is a choreographer, performer, teacher and Certified BodyTalk practitioner based in New York. Her choreography has been presented by Danspace Project, River to River Festival, ‘Come Together: Surviving Sandy’ at Industry City, American Realness, ISSUE Project Room (Emerging Artist Commission), Mount Tremper Arts Festival, Dance and Process at The Kitchen, Movement Research at Judson Church, Center for Performance Research, and Catch Performance Series. She has also toured her work to OnEdge Festival, Chicago; The Painted Bride, Philadelphia; Gertrudes iealis teatris, Riga, Latvia; and DanceHouse, Dublin, Ireland. Boulé’s next evening-length dance will premiere in New York in May 2017. Her ongoing collaborative, improvisational duo with composer/cellist Okkyung Lee has been presented in New York by The Met Breuer, ISSUE Project Room, Jack, The Stone, Mount Tremper Arts Festival, MoMA Junior Associates, and send + receive festival in Winnipeg, Canada.
Boulé received a 2016 NYFA Fellowship for Choreography, and she has also received support from the Cloud Prize, Jerome Foundation Travel & Study Grant, Boekelheide Creativity Award, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants, Brooklyn Arts Exchange Space Grant, and DanceWEB. Residencies include Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Extended Life Dance Development Program, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, collective address, Movement Research, DanceHouse (Dublin), and SKITE (France) She has received commissions from Zenon Dance (2017), The New School, Latvian Academy of Culture, Trevor Day School, and the Universities of Illinois and Oregon.
As a performer, she is most noted for her work with with Miguel Gutierrez since 2001, receiving a 2010 New York Dance and Performance Award “Bessie” for her performance as James Dean and collaboration in the creation of “Last Meadow” and 2015 “Bessie” nomination for her body of work with Gutierrez. Some other artists she has worked with include John Jasperse, John Scott, Deborah Hay (William Forsythe commission “If I Sing to You”), Donna Uchizono, and Doug Varone (Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Opera Colorado). She is part of the teaching faculty at Movement Research in New York. She has also been faculty at The New School, Hollins University and the University of Illinois, as well as a guest teacher at dance institutions throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. She maintains a private BodyTalk Practice in Brooklyn.