Nora Sharp

Nora Sharp | SMALL BOOBS

Nora Sharp was awarded a Spring 2018 Co-MISSION Residency


Tech & Sound Support: Brett Swinney
Documentation & Support: Aaron Greer
Lighting Design: Giau Minh Truong
Creative Support: Udita Upadhyaya & Bryan Saner

SMALL BOOBS is a performance solo offered out of curiosity around the intertwined follies of gender and relationship.

Using levity as a Trojan horse for heartache, Small Boobs unweaves and retangles tall tales and embodied blueprints of childhood, transhood, a donut shop, and beyond.

Created and performed by Chicago-based artist Nora Sharp, Small Boobs builds a world and invites you in, using personal history, a mini synthesizer, extended metaphor, and more.

Small Boobs was developed with the support of residencies at Links Hall and VOLTA Performing Arts in Chicago.

Nora Sharp makes work that incorporates dance, sound, cultural analysis, and comedy, among other tools, and reflects their lived experience as a queer white midwestern millennial. Nora has been an artist in residence at High Concept Labs (as part of Vaudeo Motion), VOLTA Performing Arts, and Links Hall Co-MISSIONS, and recently participated in LANDING 2.0 at Gibney NYC and FIELD/WORK at the Chicago Artists Coalition. Nora has performed with and for Udita Upadhyay, the Fly Honey Show (Featured Performer 2018, Hive member 2016-18), Dao Nguyen, M Wu, Jane Jerardi, Ayako Kato, Joshua Kent, Emilio Rojas, The Space Movement Project, Bill Young, Willi Dorner, Kirsten Leenaars, and Tonya Lockyer, among others.

With support from several organizations and individuals, Sharp coordinates a works-in-progress series called Research Project and maintains a general practice of supporting artists in doing what they’re trying to do. They regularly work 1-1 with artists on creative process, and have served on artist selection panels, organized dance classes intended to fill gaps in Chicago’s offerings, and initiated workshops on mental health in the context of creative making.

Nora has a degree from Oberlin College, trains capoeira angola with FICA Chicago, and makes a living working for an online tutoring company. They are based in Chicago, and have been deeply influenced by time spent training in Seattle, the Bay Area, and New York City.