Nina Winthrop

Nina Winthrop and Dancers, photo by Steven Schreiber

Nina Winthrop formed her company, Nina Winthrop and Dancers, in 1991. Her works have been presented in venues throughout New York and Los Angeles, including Danspace Project, Joyce SoHo, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Mabou Mines’ Toronada Theater at PS 122, Basilica Hudson and The Flea Theater. Her dance films have been screened in the US and abroad.

Winthrop is the curator of Dance Conversations @ The Flea, a free monthly performance and discussion series. She also curated the dance film showcase Dance on Film/Film on Dance at Symphony Space in 2004.   She was awarded a Bessie Schönberg Choreographers’ Residency at The Yard in 2004, a Dancenow/NYC’s Silo Artist Residency in 2005, and participated in the Schönberg Choreographers Lab at DTW in 2005.
A graduate of Bennington College, Winthop danced with Wendy Perron, Susan Rethorst, Yoshiko Chuma, Sally Silvers and Kei Takei, with whom she toured the USA and Japan, and studied with Erick Hawkins, Merce Cunningham and Deborah Hay.
In the process of creating her dance pieces, Winthrop has collaborated with a diverse group of artists, including musician/composers John Cale, Gary Lucas, Jon Gibson and Steve Sacks; set designers David Auden and Manuel Lutgenhorst; sculptor Jene Highstein; costume designers Anita Evenepoel, Naomi Luppescu, Naoko Nagata and Lenny Steinberg; filmmakers Judy Lieff, Morleigh Steinberg and Maria Antelman; and lighting designers Spencer Mosse, Peter West, Nicole Pearce, Jared Klein and Oguri, among others.
Nina Winthrop has received critical acclaim from reviewers and audience members. Her unique style has been described by the New York Times as “darkly expressive,” by On & Off as “stunning” and “seductive.” The Village Voice said of CUMULUS: “Knockout dances…ordinary moves performed with such investment they might be sacred dance.”