Nora Sharp

Nora Sharp, photo by Ricardo E Adame

Nora Sharp (they/them) is a dancemaker, filmmaker, and writer. Their work uses world-building narrative, interpersonal curiosity, and movement improvisation to draw attention to queer and trans people’s unfolding relationships with themselves and each other, and to the pitfalls and opportunities of self-knowledge, in order to offer alternative, expansive understandings of gender, relationship, and the creative economy. Nora’s work has been presented by On the Boards, Movement Research at the Judson Church, OTV | Open Television, Chicago Dancemakers Forum – Elevate Chicago Dance, Steppenwolf Theatre’s LookOut Series, Midwest RAD Fest, the Fly Honey Show, the Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, Synapse Arts – New Works, and elsewhere, and supported by residencies at the Hambidge Center, Links Hall, and High Concept Labs. Their community work has included facilitating work-in-progress opportunities, gifting away Amtrak coupons, and co-organizing artist collective response efforts, in addition to working professionally in social change organizing. Nora’s personal and creative roots are deepest in land stewarded by the Council of the Three Fires and several other indigenous nations. They are a 2023 Queer|Art|Mentorship Fellow in Performance.

Origin Story is a new dance-theater one-them-show that attempts to chart a pathway beyond the mainstream demand for queer and trans legibility.