Melissa Noble has restaged male duet sections of Davidson's Rapture/Rumi for the Airborne Festival. She and her two male dancers, Justin Gibbons and Derek Nicholson, will arrive in NYC from Houston this week for the performance next weekend.
Below are notes Melissa wrote about her work with Davidson:
I was part of the development of Rapture/Rumi and toured with Bob's company for 5 years. He recommended me as his replacement at University of Washington when he left for Denver, I taught trapeze for 8 years there. It changed the course of my life and I pursued other aerial teaching and choreography which has included ARC Dance Company, Juniata College, Indiana University, Windfall Dance Company.
Melissa was a touring member of the Robert Davidson Dance Company from 1994-1999 and was part of the development of the Rapture Rumi work that debuted at On The Boards in Seattle, WA. She then began a tour with Aero-Betty of Portland, OR, which included the Macy’s Passport shows in San Francisco and Los Angeles and were broadcast on national TV.
Her ongoing exploration of Aerial Dance and Movement Theatre has led her to collaborate with Avant Garde theatre companies such as Circus Contraption, the Pacific Performance Project, The Cabiri and choreography for Winfall Dance Company in Bloomington, IN as well as several works for ARC Dance Company in Seattle, WA including the world premiere of her aerial dance piece Beyond Flight at Meany Hall at the University of Washington. She has also taught singers at the Jacob’s School of Music and the Houston Grand Opera Studio and has choreographed for many operas, including the Kaneko Project of Madame Butterfly, Madison Opera, Opera Omaha, Opera North Carolina, and San Francisco Opera. Melissa has been faculty at the University of Washington and Indiana University and an Artist-in-Residence at Juniata College.
Melissa is currently on the Faculty at University of Houston, where she is also an MFA candidate in the Interdisciplinary Practice and Emerging Forms program and she recently completed an Artist Residency in Marfa, TX.
Melissa and her husband, Adam Noble, are co-directors of Dynamic Presence Project and have mounted original works at On The Boards, Seattle and Indianapolis Fringe Festival. See rehearsal footage of Davidson's Rapture/Rumi below:
Come see Melissa, alongside fellow artists who trained under Davidson, honor their mentor!
Honoring the Legacy
of Robert Davidson
Saturday, September 15
@ 8:00 PM
Sunday, September 16
@ 2:30 PM
Manhattan Movement and
248 West 60th Street
New York, NY 10023