Amsterdam Hermitage


live and recorded / video

In the list below are works of my own which I have performed and works by other choreographers in which I have performed.
The works of other choreographers are marked with *

Concrete Cage (October 2021)

Dance and photography installation. Photographer Jasmin Krpan
How many identities, dichotomies and boxes to check?
red / blue … black / white … true / false … good / evil
A wild creature of elegance, dignity, courage and enlightenment - each person is not just a 'rational animal' and yet we persist in putting them in cement boxes, Procrustean beds and categorical cages.
NS 5 elbow in side bend NS 7 strong stand look Nik Concrete Cage Silouette 2.png concrete cage performance snapshot 2

Dis-Ease (Fall-Winter 2020-2021)

The epidemic has people restricted to their own homes for months. Long winter nights... Isolation, weariness, boredom and fear wear on us all. Up late with the light on - you realize you are not the only one gazing out the window ... there are other lights on out there ... And there was a way to connect and to dance 'together' and a way to make art - even if it was one by one in a terrace apartment with a smart phone on the balcony in the snow.
Dis-Ease Nik & Kat 2 NN Dance Collaborative Nicole Dis-Ease 3

3 in the Morning (Summer 2020)

12 minute solo dance to music by multi- media artist Emil Memon to accompany his dance track by the same title. 3 in the morning is party time - it's club time - it's deep into the night dancing time - it's 'maybe I shouldn't have come out tonight' time, it's 'how am I going to get home' time ... it's 'this is awesome, I hope this night never ends' time ... it's that time when you cannot go any further into the night without starting to come out the other end, in morning. Maybe that is where we are in 2020 and beyond, with crises of climate and capitalism - we want to keep going, keep parying on, but the night is waning and our insecurities are starting to break though our confident facade.
3 in the Morning - lunge 3 in the Morning knee lunge 1.jpg

Spiral Staircase - DNA Part 1 (of 3) (Summer 2019)

Dance for film; Ljubljana, Slovenia
It’s a place of movement, where people enter and exit, and circle around past the doors of other’s homes. They come in with dogs, groceries, packages . . .sometimes they go out one day and come back another with one more member of a family. That space holds witness to so many comings and goings. This chapter of Spiral Staircase is a reflection on one of the stories this staircase might tell – the unexpected encounter, the surreptitious delay, the subtle, complex, delicate counterbalances between two who meet there. The relationship progresses and develops – not along a straight-forward line, but circling and spiraling back on itself, sometimes deeper, sometimes higher.

Spiral Staircase spiral stair gold dress arch

Threshold (July 2018)

(work in progress) the magnitude or intensity that must be exceeded for a certain reaction, phenomenon, result, or condition to occur or be manifested; the minimum point at which a stimulus is of sufficient intensity to begin to produce an effect.

*Born Dancing ()

*Into Sunlight (October 2015, Nov 2014)

Created by Robin Becker Large Ensemble piece, inspired by book They Marched Into Sunlight about events in Saigon and Wisconsin during US war with Vietnam. Performed in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Halong on shared peroformance with Together Higher contemporary dance company of Vietnam.

Human Kinetics at Salem Museum (November 2015)

Directed improvisation, directed by Yana Schnitzler, a one hour installation, slow motion movement sculpture for gala event at Salem Museum.

Syzygy (April 2013)

Created collaboratively by dancers Nicole Speletic and Darla Stanley and vocalist Toby Twining.
This work demonstrates how meaning is instrinsic to movement as the very simple structure of three elements and their coming together creates drama, and emotional charge.
First performed May 3rd 2013 at WAH center, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
June 2nd at residency showing, SLDT, Middle Village, NY

Plumbline Zero Axis or When x=y - a GPS for Life? (May 2013)

Performance and Choreography by Nicole Speletic, Performance and Song by Olgierd Minkiewicz
a work for one dancer and one musician performing live together;
We have tools, devices, methods for finding the straight line path when we need it - in cartography, in construction, in mathematics. But what about for us - in our lives - what is there to help us to find the path that will take us straight to where we need to go - point us to the exact correct point amidst all the contradictory indicators? Close your eyes, listen to the song in your heart, and follow it blindly? Performed on June 2nd at residency showing, Salvatore Larussa Dance Company, Inc/ The Academy, Middle Village, NY

*Breathe the Water (September 2012)

With Sue Bernhard/Danceworks

*LifeFull (June 2012)

Created collaboratively by Dina Denis, artistic director and artists of Dance Into Light. Quartet with original sound score and live narration. (Excerpts performed in Topaz Center for the Arts, Woodside, Queens, NYC)

While There Is Breath In Our Bones (May 2012)

Choreography: Nicole Speletic. Dancer: Nicole Speletic. Singer: Malina Rauschenfels.
Two-part work to a Bach cantata sung live. A brief composition, employing gesture and realism to express sorrow, acceptance and finally a renewed resolution to celebrate our lives. This is a development of the piece originally created as a memorial for a friend. (WAH Center, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC)

Human/Nature (February 2012)

Collaborative performance piece for Slovenian National Culture Day celebrations in Sostanj, Slovenia, consisting of all original elements including an image collage with sound score (by Boštjan Perovšek), a revised version of the solo work To the Core, and an interactive section for dancer and clay sculptor using live projection animation within a structured improvisational score. The whole work focused on the overlap and separations between the ‘human’ and the ‘natural’, and the desire to get to the heart of one’s ‘true nature’ and break out of constraining, external and internal forces.

*Time is an Animal (Nov 2011)

Choreography by Columbine Macher in collaboration with the dancers. Performed as dancer and dramaturgical consultant for quintet, and duet. Highly collaborative creative process in which dancers worked independently to convert 10-minute duet into 7-minute trio with minimal instructions.
Performance of Time is an Animal (trio version) by Columbine Macher at
- Your Move Dance Festival, New Jersey (Nov 2011)
- Long Island University Faculty Concert, Brooklyn, NY (Oct 2011)
- The Construction Company, New York City (March 2011)
Performance of work in progress Time is an Animal (quintet version)at
- Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn NY (Nov 2010)

Dance for a friend (October 2011)

Solo to a Bach cantata (sung live) to celebrate the life of Harriet Sheldon, (26-10-1944 – 4-6-2011) for her memorial at St Mark’s Church, New York City.

To the Core (April 2011)

Revision of Not an Apple performed at International Dance Week Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia

See Me (ver. 2) (December 2010)

This work tries to capture something of the fragile nature of engaging and connecting with another; the missed connections and false starts, hesitations and compassionate impulses that somehow become friendship. Revised version of first section of two-part duet originally created in 2009 for the Peace and Non-Violence Colloquium.

Universal Construct (May 2010)

This piece evolved into an exploration of the attitudes and feelings we have about the principles that structure our lives, and an imaginative play on the pun of universal construct and constructing a universe. Collaborative project with Sue Bernhard, a 10-minute solo of dance and movement for myself set to John Cage selections and silence.

See Me, Reach Me, Know Me, Free Me (April 2009)

Duet in two sections created for Peace and Non-Violence Colloquium at Long Island University.

Winter Suite (December 2008)

Suite of two duets, one solo, and text narration with sound-score; structured improvisation duet winter winds, revised version of Better than X for holiday audience, revised form of solo Simple Sources of Joy; for Soundance Studio, Brooklyn winter showing.

Secret Dreams of Trees II (November 2008)

Structured improvisation for group of dancers in theater aisles, a movement choir for three sub-groups, and two individuals moving through and interacting with groups, accompanied by dancing musician improvising on cello and voice.

Better than X (October 10, 2008)

Duet - where the playful taunts and rollicking of the gift-getters turns into more fun than the fancy gifts promised by the big wrapped boxes. Created for Malina Rauschenfels’ Music and More concert, City Center Studios. Music: Benjamin Britten. Choreography: Nicole Speletic. Dancers: Sadie Gilbertson, Nicole Speletic.

State of Confusion (September 2008)

A one-minute gesture piece created in 2 weeks to an assigned one-minute long piece of music. Music: Polly-Moller. Choreographed and performed by Nicole Speletic.

Secret Dreams of Trees I (April 2008)

Structured improvisation for group of dancers, in theater seats, “office” section, percussion and office sounds original score, “wind” section with wind-chimes, wind music score, recycled paper and “trees.”

Not an Apple (June 2006)

Collaborative solo with Malou Thein of dance, movement and spoken word performed at The Field, New York City.

*Dance Macabre / Dance of Life (Spring 2004 – Oct 2005)

I was one of three modern dancers selected from a New York audition and rehearsal period to participate in creating new repertory, rehearsal and performance in Ljubljana. This was an international dance and music production directed by Slovenian choreographer Saša Staparski-Dobravec and sponsored by the mayor of Ljubljana, Slovenia and the American Embassy in Slovenia.

*Open Field by Laura Flowers (Dec 2004 – Apr 2005)

Dancer for the creation and performance of two new works in an evening of original dance and music, by Laura Flowers (formerly of Gabriel Masson and Dancers) and Gilles Obermeyer at Cunningham Studio, April 1-3 2005.

*Revealing Isadora by Christine Jowers (Spring 2001)

Dancer for the creation of the first version of Revealing Isadora, a contemporary dance performance celebrating the life and work of Isadora Duncan for soloist and three supporting dancers, performed at University Settlement, NYC.