Nic Gareiss

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  • New Beginnings Festival- Nic Gareiss

    This show was on Apr 12th, 2018 | 27 people watched
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    • Apr 12
      Love your Spring song.Thanks
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  • Home For the Holidays- Nic Gareiss- A benefit for the Salus Center

    This show was on Dec 21st, 2017 | 50 people watched
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    • Dec 21
      This was so lovely! I loved the Christmas lights surrounding the dancing space. Your choice of songs, spectacular. Always lovely to see you play. By the way, since the stream is actually running a little behind your actual playing, when you ended it...it cut off the last little bit :( Maybe let it run for a minute or two past the end just in case some viewers are experiencing a little lag time <3
    • Dec 22
      Thank-you. Fabulous show and messages. I am an old folkie and you give me a good feeling about
    • Dec 22
      continued: future of music and Human liberation. As a young person on the edge, nobody told me that I could choose my future identity or purpose. I, like others in my generation were type casted at birth. I plan to donate to the Salus Center. I will check your web and look forward to meeting you next time you come to New England. Happy and Healthy Holidays to you and yours.
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Michigan-born dancer, musician, and dance researcher Nic Gareiss has been described by the Irish Times as “the human epitome of the unbearable lightness of being,” and "the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene” by the Boston Herald. His choreographic work re-imagines movement as a musical activity, recasting dance as medium that appeals to both eyes and ears. Gareiss draws... more

Michigan-born dancer, musician, and dance researcher Nic Gareiss has been described by the Irish Times as “the human epitome of the unbearable lightness of being,” and "the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene” by the Boston Herald. His choreographic work re-imagines movement as a musical activity, recasting dance as medium that appeals to both eyes and ears. Gareiss draws from many percussive dance traditions to weave together a dance technique facilitating his love of improvisation, traditional footwork vocabulary, and musical collaboration. He has performed with many of the luminaries of traditional music and dance, including The Chieftains, Darol Anger, Dervish, Buille, Liz Carroll, Genticorum, Yvon Mimeault, Bruce Molsky, Alasdair Fraser, and Martin Hayes.

In 2011 Gareiss was commissioned by the Cork Opera House to create and perform two new solo percussive dance pieces to celebrate the 75th birthday of composer Steve Reich. In 2013, he served as community liaison for the Wheatland Music Organization's 40th Anniversary production 'Carry it on...', supervising a cast of 70 non-professional dancers from the state of Michigan. He received a Traditional Arts Commission from the Irish Arts Council to create a new duo fiddle and dance work with Caoimhín Ó Raghalliah. The resulting piece, MICE WILL PLAY had a sell-out run at the Project Arts Centre during the 2013 Dublin Fringe Festival.

Gareiss has concertized in Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, Scotland, England, Italy, Denmark, and Sweden and continues to tour and teach internationally, working with dance communities and presenting solo percussive dance choreography. Nic holds degrees in anthropology and music from Central Michigan University and recently completed his MA in ethnochoreology at the University of Limerick.

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