Nicole Bindler is a body-based performing artist whose work is inspired by her training in new dance, dance-theater, contact improvisation, butoh, Body-Mind Centering®, yoga, and Feldenkrais. Her performance work and teaching have been presented at festivals and intensives throughout the U.S., Canada, Argentina, Europe, and in Tokyo, Beirut, Bethlehem, Mexico City, and Quito. She has been presented by High Zero Festival, Transmodern Age Festival, Shawinigan Street Theater Festival, FringeArts (formerly Philadelphia Live Arts Festival,) D.C. Improvisation Festival, The Kennedy Center, Danspace Project, Links Hall, Performance Mix Festival, Earthdance's Moving Arts Lab, Cultivate, nEW Festival, X Fest, Bowerbird & ThirdBird, CEC New Edge mix, First Person Arts, and Irtijal09’.
Her work has been supported by the Leeway Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (through Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts), Ellen Forman Memorial Award, Philadelphia Dance Projects, Mascher Space Cooperative, the Community Education Center, FringeArts, and the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. Her piece "I made this for you”, created in collaboration with Gabrielle Revlock, was a 2011 finalist for the A.W.A.R.D. Show!
Bindler holds a B.A. 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 performed in the work of Linda Diamond, Brenda Divelbliss, Jennifer Hicks, Debra Bluth, Ju-Yeon Ryu, Leah Stein, PIMA Group, Willi Dorner, and Katsura Kan, and has studied with many dance masters including: Judson luminaries Barbara Dilly and Deborah Hay; Contact Improvisation masters Nancy Stark Smith, Karen Nelson, Chris Aiken, K.J. Holmes, and Felice Wolfzahn; and Butoh masters Yoshito Ohno, and Katsura Kan.
She has been on faculty at the University of the Arts, Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, the Massage Arts Center in Philadelphia, and has offered "Anatomy for Asana" for many Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga teacher trainings throughout Philadelphia. Additionally, she has guest lectured at Drexel University, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Hameline University, Arizona State University. University of Texas, Austin, Goldsmith’s University, St Mary’s College of Maryland, Moore College of Art and Design, and Ursinus College.
She has held the Marketing, Membership, Programs and Development Assistant positions at Mascher Space Cooperative. From 2003-2013 she curated performances, workshops and festivals including FALLS BRIDGE: new movement, improvisation and performance festival with Curt Haworth and the Deborah Hay Solo Festival.
Her writing on dance and somatics has been published in the Somatics Toolkit, Critical Correspondence, Contact Quarterly, Emergency Index by Ugly Duckling Presse, Jewish Currents, BMC® Currents, Curate This, Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices, and thINKingDANCE. She participated in Deborah Hay's 2011 Solo Performance Commissioning Project where she learned the dance "I Think Not". She collaborates promiscuously with experimental musicians and composers, and serves on the Earthdance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.