Nic Gareiss

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  • Home For The Holidays: Nic Gareiss

    This show was on Dec 20th, 2016 | 45 people watched
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    • Dec 21
      What was your favorite part of the performance? Fantastic!!! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
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  • Fall Back Festival: Nic Gareiss

    This show was on Oct 27th, 2016 | 51 people watched
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    • Oct 28
      What was your favorite part of the performance? Show was fantastic all the songs were amazing songs performed beautifully by a very gracious host!!! Please add more future shows with Nic Gareiss!!!
    • Oct 28
      What was your favorite part of the performance? I appreciate the artistry Nic brings to his concerts via Concert Window. He provides an intimate environment that makes me feel like I am almost there. His performances are full of variety and personalized stories that tie the experience together. A wonderful host, entertainer, and educator for these computer concerts. I'll continue to tune in for Nic.
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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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