Annie Nikunen is a NYC-based dancer, choreographer, composer, flutist, sound artist and broadcaster. Her work explores connections between composition and choreography, always considering physicality of sound in relation to movement and space. After building a strong balletic foundation and subsequently branching out into modern and contact improvisation, she amalgamates all these styles in her work. She is also an avid improviser, in both her dance and music practices. Nikunen has choreographed in various settings, including stages, galleries, parks, and more. She choreographs with her flute as well, which has become one of her main movement tools.
She has recently choreographed/danced a diverse range of works, including a short dance film as part of a group exhibition at Dordor Gallery, the NY Bach Project in collaboration with Principal Bassist of New York City Ballet Orchestra, Ron Wasserman, a movement response to artist/composer Julian Day’s installation (I Want) To Be Held as part of the Chelsea Music Festival at High Line Nine, a re-choreographed rendering of Beethoven’s Creatures of Prometheus, and her own series Pas de deux sans un (“dance for two without one”). She is currently choreographing a piece for dancers of New York City Ballet, and will engage her love for both sonic and physical improvisation in an upcoming collaboration with Sydney-based composer/performer Brad Gill.
As a hybrid movement-sound artist, choreography is significant to Nikunen’s compositional process; the physical and mental aspects in movement are ingrained in her mapping of sound. She also explores dynamics of human relationships in her work, and is fascinated by cycles of brokenness and healing, and how sound and movement can represent those processes. Her compositions range from concert music and field recordings to dance and film. She is a founding member of NYC-based new music group BlackBox Ensemble, for which she is the flutist and Social Media/Marketing Manager, and is also a DJ at WKCR, where she served as Business Manager and Director of the Classical Department. Nikunen is a music/dance reviewer for Bachtrack, as well as an advanced ballet teacher and company coach at Posey School of Dance. She holds a BA in music from Barnard College, Columbia University.