Nicola Elliott is a South African Choreographer and Dance Educator
Nicola grew up in Cape Town and moved to Grahamstown to study Theatre at Rhodes University. Her studies included Psychology, French and Music, and she majored in Drama and English. In her Honours Degree she explored Physical Theatre, Contemporary Performance and Dance Education as well as Choreography. She completed her formal studies with a Master’s degree in Drama specialising in Choreography in 2010. In 2011, she returned to Cape Town and began working as a freelancer.
Nicola’s work is divided between Choreography and Teaching.
Her Choreography has received many awards and nominations including the once-in-a-lifetime Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance (2014). Her explorations of form in works like “Run!” (2013), “Chalk” (2015) and “Made in order to fly” (2011) are juxtaposed by very personal works such as “Bruising” (2014), “Fragile” (2012) and “Proximity Loss and Having” (2011). Recently she has branched into Theatre for Young Audiences with a work entitled “Fingers and Toes, My Body Knows” (2015) for 0-4 year olds. In various formats and with different constellations of performing artists and collaborators, her work is experimental and disruptive of the status quo.
The Teaching side of her work began when she was a Drama, Dance and Body Conditioning tutor at Rhodes University. After having explored a variety of teaching roles in secondary, tertiary, institutional and public environments, she is now an experienced and sought-after teacher across a range of educational practices including creative process facilitation, teacher-training, integrated dance, and, most recently, language teaching.
Nicola is based in Cape Town, South Africa, with her husband. Having taken a creative sabbatical during 2016-17, Nicola anticipates returning to her creative work in 2018.