Concept/Direction by Stefanie Nelson, choreography in collaboration with the dancers

Dancers: Malinda Crump, Katie Federowicz, Jeff Kent Jacobs, McKay Montz, Matthew Oaks, Ali Schechter, Ariana Siegel, Yin Yue

Lighting / Set Design: Solomon Weisbard

Costumes: Ashley Gardner

Music: Sahand Rahbar, Hugh Mann, Borut Krzisnik, David Byrne & Brian Eno, Laika


This work was made possible, in part, with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; The Field’s Artist Residency program, supported by the Tides Foundation; Dance New Amsterdam’s RAW Directions Program 2010; with additional support from Full Sail University and Production Support by the Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company.

Proximity Spiral was rehearsed at the New 42nd Street Studios, and made possible, in part, by a Harkness Space Grant from the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center.


Proximity Spiral unfolds in a sensually charged arena; a sparse, blood-red stage set, starkly defined with sculptural lighting. In a succession of cinematic sequences, the performers confront each other against the backdrop of brooding, mercurial soundscapes. Inspired by the haunting simplicity of Fibonacci sequence, the piece utilizes proportion and symmetry to expose the constant interplay of power and vulnerability in human relationships.


— New York Times
Untamed and edgy… Nelson’s inventiveness steadily builds and never seems gratuitous.
— The Infinite Body
Disturbing, Sensual, and Provocative
— The Luxury Spot