Theunissen - Dancer - Dolphin Coast, South Africa

Nicole Theunissen

Dolphin Coast, South Africa


I teach Contemporary Dance to high school students and adults.
Over the last few years, I have been exposed to various aspects of dance and dance-making, and have presented my own work, Erasure, at the National Arts Festival.
For the period 2010 - 2012, I have actively facilitated undergraduate classes in Movement Studies.
I have been practising yoga for five years, specifically the Ashtanga form for the last three years.
In addition to this, I have had exposure at undergraduate level to Stage Management, Stage Make-up, Fight Choreography and Acting.
I majored in Physical Theatre and Electronic Media before commencing my postgraduate studies. During 2010, I studied Choreography, Contemporary Peformance and Physical Theatre on both practical and theoretical research levels.




I discovered dance quite late in life - at the ripe age of 19!
While completing my Bachelor's degree in Drama, I developed a great enthusiasm for movement, dance, physical theatre and the human body's amazing ways of expressing itself.
I have been training in Dance and Physical Theatre for the last 5 years and still love every minute of hard work.

Work History

Temporary Lecturer

University of Zululand

From September 2012



I am greatly interested in the choreography of memory and autobiography, and this has led me to my final Masters exam work, set in an old house in Grahamstown. This, my latest work, is titled "Erasure".

Based within a Physical Theatre praxis, "Erasure" is a love letter in motion. Drawing on surreal images inspired by Maya Derran's avant-garde film, as well as concepts of traces and repetitive dialogue, I constructed an on-site world where emptiness is the only state of being, and where the only soundtrack is the diegetic clatter of a pot in the kitchen or footsteps in a bedroom above.

These are some photos from the rehearsal process.


An experiment in choreographing the journey of life-death-life. Three performance areas on a dimly lit stage, the audience gathers round the performer as a journey is made from an Ophelia-inspired burial, across a strip of golden light reminiscent of a bridge, and finally to the womb - a length of cargo net suspended from above.

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