Blood, Sea A new dance by Nicole Bindler, May 5th

“Blood, Sea” is an improvised, ensemble, evening-length dance. The title is drawn from the
writing of Italo Calvino. His short story “Blood, Sea” refers to the balance of salinity in our blood
and in the ocean from which we humans evolved: “Bathed by the primordial wave which
continues to flow in the arteries, our blood, in fact, has a chemical composition analogous to that
of the sea of our origins.”As we evolved into terrestrial beings, we brought the sea inside of us
onto land.

Bindler began the creation process in collaboration with composer, Julius Masri, and students
from Drexel University through the Ellen Forman Memorial Award. She further developed the
work with a cast of fifteen Philadelphia-based performers over an eight-month rehearsal process
during which they explored all of the organs and systems that contain or are impacted by blood,
such as the endocrine and immune systems, and the liver, spleen, heart, etc.

The interdisciplinary and intergenerational cast in “Blood, Sea” includes Christina Gesualdi,
Christine Mantey, Derek Freeh, Elizabeth Weinstein, Greg Holt, Harlee Trautman, JD Frost,
Janna Meiring, Jonathan Stein, Kate Seethaler, Kimya Imani Jackson, Margot Electra
Steinberg, Miryam Coppersmith, Pablo Virgo, and Talia Mason with new, live music by Julius

They improvise in response to prompts and riddles such as:
Your helical heart is everywhere
Your blood is the transport system of your needs
Your vessels draw you toward and away

Nicole Bindler’s performance work and teaching have been presented throughout Europe, North
America, Argentina, and in Tokyo, Beirut, Bethlehem, and Quito. Her dances have been
supported by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, Leeway Foundation, Puffin Foundation,
Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Ellen Forman
Memorial Award. Bindler holds a BA in Dance and Poetry from Hampshire College, a degree in
Muscular Therapy from the Muscular Therapy Institute, and certificates in Embodied Anatomy
Yoga, Embodied Developmental Movement and Yoga, and Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering
® from the School for Body-Mind Centering®. She has taught Somatics and Improvisation at
Temple University, University of the Arts, and the University of Pennsylvania. Her writing has
been published in Critical Correspondence, Contact Quarterly, Emergency Index by Ugly
Duckling Presse, Jewish Currents, BMC® Currents, Curate This, Journal of Dance & Somatic
Practices, and thINKingDANCE. Bindler is a member of the Jewish Voice for Peace Artist
Council and is the Founder and Director of The Institute for Somatics and Social Justice


Blood, Sea
A new dance by Nicole Bindler
Saturday, May 5th, 8:00-9:00pm
Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine St, Philadelphia, PA 19130
$35 general, $30 Members, $25 seniors, $20 students
$15 for those who are unable to afford the full ticket price