Visceral Dance Chicago is a contemporary dance company dedicated to a bold and progressive world of movement known as a “strong force in the contemporary sphere” (Chicago Stage Standard) Visceral continues to produce work thats committed to the progression of diverse artists, programs and collaborations for our community. Visceral Dance Center is known as one of the top training facilities in the country, offering classes 7 days a week with a broad range of classes for both children and adults. The Center allows dance to be easily accessible to all individuals, from the beginning dancer to the seasoned professional. Visceral Dance Chicago depends on the support of our community. Gifts from individuals and sponsors allows artistic growth and ensures that Visceral continues to thrive. Visceral stays in contact with its community and city as a whole through its performances, extensive training opportunities and outreach, compelling audiences and students to continue dancing and connecting with the arts community.
Founded in 2013 by Artistic Director Nick Pupillo, Visceral Dance Chicago is a contemporary dance company dedicated to a bold and progressive world of movement. Since inception, the company has developed a diverse and respected repertoire. With works by distinguished choreographers Danielle Agami, Sidra Bell, Banning Bouldin, Mónica Cervantes, Marguerite Donlon, Brian Enos, Mark Godden, Robyn Mineko Williams, Harrison McEldowney, Fernando Melo, Ohad Naharin, Kevin ODay, and Pupillo, Visceral Dance Chicago continues to challenge audiences’ expectations. In January of 2015, Visceral Dance Chicago was named one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch, recognizing the company’s accomplishments and potential in the national community. “Visceral Dance Chicago breathes life into the Chicago arts community with their ability to intertwine complex human emotions with the raw beauty of dance and physical movement.”
(Founder/Artistic Director)
NICK PUPILLO, Founder and Artistic Director of Visceral Dance Chicago, graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Ballet. In 2001, Pupillo joined the acclaimed Giordano Dance Chicago where he toured nationally and internationally for three years. Pupillo decided in 2006 to train and mentor young talent by developing the reputable, Visceral Studio Company. In 2007, he founded Visceral Dance Center to provide the Chicago community with a new venue for artistic and technical growth. This facility continues to be a Chicago dance landmark. TimeOut Chicago lists Visceral Dance Center as “A bustling, well-appointed facility…with instructors from top companies and in-demand guest teachers.” Utilized by a number of Chicago-based companies, Visceral Dance Center is home to its resident company, Visceral Dance Chicago.
Pupillo founded Visceral Dance Chicago in the fall of 2013. This repertory company presents his daring vision to explore the infinite possibilities of contemporary movement. The dancers of Visceral demonstrate this choreographic invention and are recognized for their technique, passion, and athleticism. Pupillo has led the company in a forthright direction, establishing a repertoire described as “expertly devised and stylish as they come.” (Chicago Tribune) He created eleven signature works for the company, Impetere, Senza di te, Sum Noir, My Realm, She Three, Vital, Atlas, Synapse, Soft Spoken, Take and Keep, as well as three collaborations with The Chicago Philharmonic: La Revue De Cuisine, The Last Round and The Dream.
Pupillo has received various awards for his choreography, including “The Dance Chicago Outstanding Choreography Award” in 2005 and 2012 and “The Cliff Dwellers 2013 Choreographer of the Year”. His work has been described as “a stroke of choreographic genius…complex, tumbling changes…in this portrait of perpetual motion.” (Chicago Tribune) “Nick Pupillo’s world premiere piece, She Three, was by far one of the most visually stunning performances I have encountered thus far.” (Chicago Stage Standard) Pupillo is frequently invited to conduct master classes in the U.S. and around the world and has taught for the Jazz Dance World Congress, Chicago Dance Connection and Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, where he received the 2018 Artistic Achievement Award. Pupillo is currently an artist in residence at Culver Academies.

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