American artist Nicola Ayoub recently toured the country for performances of her biographical monologue, “The Language.”
“The Language” addresses an American woman’s search for identity after she meets and falls in love with a Frenchman in the US, travels to Paris to establish her practice as a professional dancer—and in the process becomes motivated to explore her own father’s Lebanese ancestry.
She began her visit with a full-length performance of the monologue for the Silly People’s Improvisational Theater (SPIT) in Quezon City on March 10.
This was followed by her participation at the Pasinaya Festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines on March 16. Her short pieces at the festival were held in the Little Theater, in the Rehearsal Hall, and in the Tall Gallery of the Metropolitan Museum of Manila. Finally on March 22, Ayoub and her dance partner Guillaume visited Bohol, where she performed at the Provincial Arts Council and interacted with 20 local dancers.
All her performances were very well-attended by Filipino artists, teachers, and students, and ended with standing ovations.
Ayoub is an American dancer and choreographer working in Paris since September 2005. She trained and performed at the Atlanta Ballet, received her BA in History and Art History at the University of Georgia, and later worked with the modern dance company Full Radius before moving to France.
She became a choreographer with her bilingual one-woman show “The Language,” which was awarded Paris Jeunes Talents in 2008 and first place at French choreography contest Tobina in 2009. That same year she created the 3 D Company with partner Guillaume Morgan and danced for the first time at the mythic Olympia Music Hall.
In 2010 and 2011 she performed and taught regularly at La Sorbonne University in Paris and also toured Milan, Berlin, New York City, and Seville with her choreography for the Public Système. Nicola also represented the USA in Unesco’s 2011 original production, Astro-Ballet, choreographed by Natalia Guslistaya from the Bolshoi Ballet.
In 2012 to 2013, she danced for Alexandre de la Caffinière, Gigi Caciuleanu, Alexandra Bansch, and Christopher Williams.
Since 2012 Nicola partnered with fellow dancer/choreographer Asha Thomas, and has worked on a number of cultural outreach programs with the US Department of State.