Michelle Boulé is a choreographer, performer, teacher and Certified BodyTalk practitioner based in New York. Her work has been shown at 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, Catch Performance Series, Food for Thought at Danspace Project, and at Gertrudes iealis teatris in Latvia. She is currently continuing work on a trio commissioned by Danspace Project that will premiere in April 2015. A short site-specific iteration was shown at ‘Come Together: Surviving Sandy’, a 100,000-square-foot art show at Industry City. Her collaborative duo with composer/cellist Okkyung Lee was most recently featured as the closing set for (((send + receive))) festival in Winnipeg, Canada, and has also been shown at The Stone and as part of ISSUE Project Room’s 10th Anniversary Season in 2013. Boulé has been a choreographic assistant and performance coach for Deborah Hay solo adaptations, including an adaptation presented by El Auditorio in Tenerife, Spain. She has also choreographed works for the Latvian Academy of Culture, University of Oregon, and University of Illinois. Her choreography has received support from the Boekelheide Award, Jerome Foundation Travel & Study Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants and Brooklyn Arts Exchange Space Grant. She is a 2015-16 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Extended Life Artist-in-Residence, and she has also had residencies at Movement Research (2012-14), DanceHouse in Dublin, Ireland (2010), and at SKITE in Caen, France (2010). In 2002, she was a DanceWeb scholarship recipient at Impulstanz in Vienna.
As a performer, she has collaborated with Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People since 2001, receiving a New York Dance and Performance Award “Bessie” for her performance as James Dean and collaboration in the creation of “Last Meadow.” Other artists she has worked with include John Jasperse, John Scott, Deborah Hay (William Forsythe commission “If I Sing to You”), David Wampach, Donna Uchizono, Neal Medlyn, Christine Elmo, Neal Beasley, Beth Gill, Judith Sanchez-Ruiz, Doug Varone (Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Opera Colorado), Gabriel Masson, and playwright/director Rosie Goldensohn. She is part of the teaching faculty at The New School and at Movement Research in New York. She has also been faculty at Hollins University and the University of Illinois, as well as a guest teacher at dance institutions in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. She received her B.F.A. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.