Nina McNeely is an L.A.-based choreographer, visual artist, and creative director whose work feels like a living lucid dream. Seductive and repulsive, caring and sadistic, manipulated and manipulating, cast as ugly-turned-grotesque sexuality in McNeely’s work is never simple self-expression. It extracts attention. Her emphasis on possession and animation amounts to an ambivalence about subjectivity. Her puppet-like movements reflect how the systems and logic of capitalism can be embodied. At the same time, her work shows that defying that logic – creating a gap between individuals and the forces that animate them – doesn’t have to look like escape or transcendence; it can look like doubling down and experimenting with the weird tensions, twitchy resistances, and downright magic within. She’s collaborated with artists such as Björk, Rihanna, Mø, Banks, Skrillex, Eve, 30 Seconds to Mars, and Dillon Francis, to name a few. She is thrilled to have recently worked on her first feature with Gaspar Noé and the incredible cast of Climax.
She is represented by Bloc Talent Agency and Maavven.
Follow her on Twitter: @ninamcneely.