“Dancing is nourishment and giving nourishment. It extends from the heart and communicates the inner life. In dance there is always the element of freshness in the moment, and entering a field of vastness, that throws one into the radiant presence of unknowing beauteous depths. Dancing calls one to be in the eternal now, present, courageous and alive, in gratitude and freedom, lit by the divine spark. The dancer becomes as a conduit of a mystical place of transformation, in a terrain of fertile possibility. Boundaries of particle and wave, wave and ocean dissolve.” Felicia Norton © 2016
Felicia Norton is a contemporary dancer of international recognition who has toured her solo dance repertory throughout the US, Canada, Central America, Europe and Asia with works created for her by several dance luminaries including Tamar Rogoff, Mark Dendy, Alison Chase, Zvi Gotheiner, Molissa Fenley, Lynne Taylor Corbett among others. She has received such accolades as ” an extraordinary dancer ” ~ The New York Times, “…the single best dancer in the festival, performing with a display of extraordinary sensual intensity’~ The London Times, “the discovery of the evening’” ~ Third International Festival of Dance in Brussels, “wove a magical spell…. sensitively constructed and achingly beautiful production’ ~ South Morning China Post.
A life-time resident of New York City, Felicia trained at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School, American Ballet Theatre, Tanz-Forum in Cologne, Germany and the London School for Contemporary Dance.
The Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival in NYC commissioned four new solo dance works for Felicia Norton and the renowned violinist/ composer Leroy Jenkins. They included “Strung”, a new work created for her by Mark Dendy, ‘Under the Uplands’ created for her by Tamar Rogoff, ‘Icho; Solitary Butterfly’ with choreography by Molissa Fenley and Ms Norton and Leroy Jenkins performed their own collaboration, ‘Saraswati’ for a fourth commission.
Her active teaching career has involved positions at Omega Institute, the University of Chicago, Marin College, California and at the Queens Museum, NYC. While at the Queens Museum Collaborative Arts Initiative, she received a grant by the New York State Council on the Arts to conduct dance workshops with N.Y.C. public school students. She served as adjunct professor of dance at Lehman College, CUNY, NYC and teaches dance at The Educational Alliance and at The United Nations International School in NYC.
Felicia has been touring the solo dance theatre work ‘NOOR”, co-choreographed with Sasha Spielvogel/Labyrinth Dance Theater. to critical acclaim in London, UK, France, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland, UK, Chautauqua Institute, NY, St Mark’s Church, NYC, venues throughout the US, and most recently at Sarah Lawrence College, Westchester, NY.
Reviews of NOOR:
“NOOR is performed as a solo by Felicia Norton; an extraordinary dancer. an absorbing 45-minute contemporary dance piece…the work tells the gripping true story of Noor Inayat Khan, a Sufi pacifist- turned Allied spy during WW2..-Lisa Jo Sagolla – BACKSTAGE
“Felicia Norton captures the spirit of Noor Inayat Khan and tells her moving story with passion and intensity in a stunning work of dance theatre.” -Shrabani Basu, author of Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan
“Felicia Norton as NOOR by Labyrinth Dance-beautiful, nuanced and subtle.” -Amiel Clarke, Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
“Highlight was Labyrinth’s NOOR. Felicia Norton is outstanding”. -Three Weeks Edinburgh Festival Review