A French native of Dutch descent, Nelly van Bommel—who was recently named among Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch”—incorporates multiple dance languages into her choreography. Pinguli, Pinguli (2011) blends theatricality, humor, and raw athleticism in an exploration of community rituals and practices, set to music by celebrated Greek singer Savina Yannatou. Pinguli, Pinguli was developed, in part, during a residency at BAC.
Nelly van Bommel
Nelly van Bommel received her early dance training at the Académie de Danse Claudie Plaçais-Rocher and the Centre National de la Danse in Paris, where she worked choreographers Claude Brumachon, Richard Alston, Susan Buirge, and Christian Trouillas, among others. In 2002, Ms. van Bommel moved to New York City on a fellowship from the Conseil Régional d'Ile de France.
Her work has been performed at local venues including Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, Symphony Space, Performance Space 122, and Joyce SoHo. She is a student alumna of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, for which she received a full scholarship. In 2007, Ms. van Bommel won 1st Jury prize at the Genesis International Choreographic Competition organized by the Milwaukee Ballet. In the same year, she was a finalist at the A.W.A.R.D Show in NYC. She has been an artist-in-residence at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting (MAD AIR); a guest choreographer at Springboard Danse Montreal; and a guest teacher at the Taipei National University of the Arts, where her work has been presented at the Kuandu Arts Festival. In 2010, Ms. van Bommel was one of the three choreographers selected for Ballet Austin’s biennial choreographic project New American Talent/Dance, for which she created Fanfarnèta and won 1st Jury prize. In 2011, she created Addio Amore, a commission from the Western Michigan University Department of Dance as part of a cooperative residency with DanceWorks Chicago. In spring 2012, Ballet Austin II premiered van Bommel’s production of Hansel and Gretel. She has since received two new commissions from Ballet Austin for the 2012-13 season. Ms. van Bommel was recently named Director of Choreography for the 51st Annual National Choreography Intensive in July 2012. She is currently an Assistant Visiting Professor in the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, SUNY, where she earned her MFA in Dance. She also has an MA in Comparative Literature from the Université de Paris VIII - Sorbonne (France).
Photos by Julieta Cervantes