Nora Raine Thompson (she/her/they) is a performance writer, dance-maker, performer, and arts administrator. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 2015 with a B.A. in Dance and Science in Society (combining studies in Psychology and Sociology) and is a current M.A. candidate in Performance Studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She dances to physicalize the theoretical and research what her body already knows; she writes to reflect and refract what she witnesses.
In 2020, she performed in Nacera Belaza’s La Procesion at Danspace Project as a part of Platform 2020: Utterances from the Chorus. In 2019, she created a solo work called, “For Your Pleasure, But the Pleasure Is Mine,” exploring cyclical rituals of sexual disempowerment and empowerment, which premiered at The Tank. She has also created movement for theater–she choreographed for the new musical, If Sand Were Stone about a woman with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, which made its Off-Broadway debut in July 2018 in the New York Musical Festival, and served as a Movement Consultant for an absurdist play, Reflux, which premiered in August 2018 as a part of the Broadway Bound Festival. Nora’s writing on performance has been featured in the Brooklyn Rail, Danspace Project’s “PLATFORM 2020 Catalogue, Volume II,” and Dance Enthusiast. She also acted as an assistant and writer-in-residence for performance artist Eiko Otake for several years.
Photo by Hayim Heron