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Photo credit: Chien-An Yuan, from rehearsal alongside Jackie Pitts, 2016.

Photo credit: Chien-An Yuan, from rehearsal alongside Jackie Pitts, 2016.

I am always myself on stage. The content of my work draws on my history and layered training as a musician, writer, teacher, capoeirista, dancer, choreographer, and occasional emcee, and reflects my existence as a queer white Chicagoan. I envision and create work that interweaves multiple genres so as to amplify each one’s impact: the unexplainably transcendent communication that precise choreography can offer, the immediacy of emotion that music can stir whether we want it to or not, and the grace, humor, and mutual vulnerability we receive when people tell us their true stories. Across wildly differing content and structure, my work maintains both aesthetic and political principles: an interest in art that is equally as beautiful as it is discomfiting, a caretaking impulse toward both audience and collaborators, and a commitment to interrogating my choices even while I trust my intuition.


Born and based in Chicago, I have also spent significant time studying and paying attention to performance in Seattle, New York, and the Bay Area. I have been an artist in residence at High Concept Labs as part of Vaudeo Motion; have presented solo & directed work at Links Hall, Hamlin Park Theatre, and Salonathon; and have performed in works by Ayako Kato, Jane Jerardi, Kirsten Leenaars, Joshua Kent, Emilio Rojas, The Space Movement Project, Willi Dorner, and The Inconvenience. My work in artist services has included coordinating Research Project, a quarterly works-in-progress performance series; organizing dance classes that seek to fill the gaps in Chicago training opportunities; developing the Chicago Working Artists' Emergency Fund, a community-based pool of funding for artists' basic needs; and serving on artist selection panels, including the DCASE Individual Artists' Program (2016) and THAWALLS for Links Hall & ThreeWalls (2017). I have a liberal arts degree from Oberlin College, train capoeira angola with FICA - Chicago, work a day job tutoring high school students, and volunteer as a GED tutor at the Center on Halsted.

nora.sharp@gmail.com