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Q&A With DiMauro Dance


Earlier this week, we got the chance to speak with Jessica DiMauro -Artistic Director/Choreographer of DiMauro Dance. Through a quick Q&A, Jessica gave us some insight on the history and inspiration behind DiMauro Dance.

We’re so excited to welcome the team to our Manhattan showroom on February 4th from 5-8pm at 200 LEX. 

They will be preforming a modern dance routine at the Opening Reception of ‘the Fanciful World’. This event will coincide with transFORM’s Second Annual 7th Heaven Design Party, sponsored by the Interior Design Society, New York Chapter. All of the showrooms on the Seventh Floor of the New York Design Center will be open and full of surprises to make your evening magical. Each showroom will be presenting their own innovative designs, unique displays, crafted cocktails and heavenly culinary indulgences.

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(Photography by Yi-Chun Wu)

DiMauro Dance is a five-member company characterized by the use of emotional intent, athleticism, grounded physicality and urban influenced movement. The company is based in Manhattan, with roots in Westchester County. Jessica’s choreography has been seen at venues throughout the Tri-state area.

Q: What is your main inspiration for dance?

A: As a choreographer deeply invested in the artistic exploration of the human experience, I am intrigued by the challenge of developing literal gesture into abstract movement while keeping the emotional integrity. In my work, the body is used as a vessel to express the rich layers of human emotion. I am constantly fascinated by the body’s ability to express subtlety and grace, and conversely show aggression and struggle. My choreography tells a story or sheds light on a particular subject, while giving the performer the opportunity to viscerally experience the emotional intention through movement. I compose movement that is structurally athletic and emotionally driven by raw human emotion. Through performances that utilize community participation as a foundation, I have made it a goal to bring the public into the world of concert dance; specifically the infrequent dance spectator who is intimidated, frustrated or confused by the opacity of modern dance. As an artist, I want to create work that entertains with depth. Personal stories and emotional journeys are revealed through movement that is accessible and experienced by the people who watch it.

Q: What made you want to create your own dance company?

A: In 2006, I created DiMauro Dance in response to the lack of opportunity for modern dancers. My peers and I were craving performance experience and I became proactive in searching out opportunity for us as a group. Since then, many of my dancers have changed, but the goal remains the same; creating a place for us and our art to be seen and experienced.

Q: Where are the different venues that you have performed at?

A: We have performed our work at traditional venues, including Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, The Flea Theater, Purchase College, and The Crystal Theater. We have also engaged in cite-specific work at non-traditional venues such as a community garden in Manhattan and a floating barge on the Hudson River.

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(The Annual Benefit for the Steffi Nossen School of Dance and The Dance in Education Fund, Purchase College – Photography by Bill Bramswig)

Q: Can you clarify your connection with the Steffi Nossen School of Dance in White Plains?

A: We do not operate as a school, but rather a fiscally sponsored dance company made up of freelance artists. However, we are very much connected to Steffi Nossen School of Dance in White Plains, NY. Aside from being Artistic Director of DiMauro Dance, I am also Artistic Director of Steffi Nossen and many of my dancers have taught there. We have done company residencies and many performances through the dance school, as well as have an ongoing Space Grant from their dance foundation.

Q: What style of dance do you prefer?

A: We work primarily in modern dance but continue to be inspired by a number of dance genres.

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(Photography by Yi-Chun Wu)

Q: What challenges do you think you’ll encounter when preforming at our space?

A: We rarely have so much space to move in! The challenge will be utilizing the space in the hallway portion of our performance, and then majorly downsizing when performing in the gallery.

Q: What are you most excited about when performing at our space?

A: We love bringing modern dance into non-traditional settings! I am also thrilled that we will be including live music in this performance!

For more information about this event please visit here. 

Jessica DiMauro Short Reel 2014 from Jessica DiMauro on Vimeo.

 

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Bella Kotak


Let Go (2014)

Let Go (2014)

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New Queen Rising (2015)

New Queen Rising (2015)

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Breathing Light (2014)

Breathing Light (2014)

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Winter's Dream (2014)

Winter's Dream (2014)

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A River Flows In You (2015)

A River Flows In You (2015)

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Of Moon and Stars (2015)

Of Moon and Stars (2015)

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This Place Was A Shelter (2014)

This Place Was A Shelter (2014)

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Summer Lingers (2014)

Summer Lingers (2014)

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Bella Kotak is a fine art, fashion, and conceptual artist based in England. Her work celebrates the ethereal state of nature coupled with the femininity, beauty, and strength of women. Bella’s creations are like stepping into a story, fairytale-like land where magic is found in the most ordinary of locations. A place where free spirited, independent, beautiful, strong-hearted characters come to life. Her work has been featured in magazines and newspapers around the world.

 

 

Bella’s main inspiration comes from, nature, flowers, the beauty and colors of ever-changing seasons, beautiful muses, pre Raphaelite paintings, Greek nymphs and their stories, royalty in fairytales and ideas of character’s journey in a darker nature driven world.

“I’ve been taking pictures since the day I discovered my Dad’s camera and claimed it as my own. I began teaching myself Photoshop in 2007 and it wasn’t long before I began to combine the two interests realizing that together they created an amazing and limitless way to tell stories.

Growing up in sun kissed Kenya I was surrounded by color and wild untamed natural life. Since moving to England I now appreciate and long for the beauty of natural bold colors and warm tones.

An aim I gave myself as a teen was to try to travel to a new place every year and so far a few of the places I’ve visited are Japan, Vietnam, Bali, Europe, Morroco, India and even managed to go up into the Arctic Circle. Every new place and experience has a tale to tell and creates stories in me that I try to capture and express.”

 

Kellyann Monaghan


Greenpoint Warehouse and Empire State Building

Greenpoint Warehouse and Empire State Building

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Billboards, Streetlight and Court Square Building

Billboards, Streetlight and Court Square Building

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Greenpoint, Trade Tower and Sunset

Greenpoint, Trade Tower and Sunset

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Milton Street Water Tower

Milton Street Water Tower

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Water Tower and Skywriting

Water Tower and Skywriting

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Williamsburg Bridge, East River, Nocturne

Williamsburg Bridge, East River, Nocturne

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Newton Creek, Court Square and Billboard

Newton Creek, Court Square and Billboard

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Crane and Factory

Crane and Factory

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Orange Sky and Satellite

Orange Sky and Satellite

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Rooftop and Golden Arches

Rooftop and Golden Arches

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Water Tower at Matchless, Greenpoint

Water Tower at Matchless, Greenpoint

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Street Light, Water Tower

Street Light, Water Tower

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In Between, DUMBO Rooftop, Brooklyn Bridge

In Between, DUMBO Rooftop, Brooklyn Bridge

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Flushing Project Windows

Flushing Project Windows

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Hess, Water Tower, Church and Trade Tower Construction

Hess, Water Tower, Church and Trade Tower Construction

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George Washington Bridge at Hudson I

George Washington Bridge at Hudson I

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“I use landscapes and urban landscapes as a journey and stage for the drama of light, air and movement. I attempt to see past the structured architecture into the otherworldly qualities of the landscape. I am intrigued by the way light plays on architecture, energizing and describing form. There is a mystery in the dynamics of light and atmosphere in contrast to the architectural structures.

There is emptiness and solitude in the spaces I paint; yet they have a quality of human presence through the atmosphere and illumination. In the recent years, I have been obsessed with the rooftops of cluttered Brooklyn and New York City spaces, where the architecture is piled and pushing upon each other. Currently the repeating forms of the satellite dishes and antennae that dominate many apartment rooftops are central to the visual rhythm in my paintings. Construction cranes and scaffolding also play a role in creating the rhythmic urban spaces. I have exaggerated and edited qualities from city life into dramatic compositions. The sky and the spaces between buildings are as significant as the buildings themselves. I am fascinated by the city’s night sky, which reflects the ever-present human interjection of light pollution.

During a recent stay in Southern France, Toulouse region I had access to the beautiful landscape, old and decaying buildings and by contrast, the modernized forms and structures of contemporary life. I painted primarily on site and in the open air. The small medieval villages and ancient farms inspired many paintings. In these works I depicted lush landscapes, claustrophobic village streets and dilapidated farms. There is a quirky relationship between the village tiled rooftops and the gritty ones of my Brooklyn spaces. Even in this beautiful and historic place there are television satellite dishes sprouting about.

My aim is to maintain an element of spontaneity and directness in the paint. A fluid and spontaneous quality in the every paint stroke is very important to me. I primarily work all prima and often plein air. I edit, emphasize and exaggerate structural forms from life observation. The process allows for idiosyncratic and unexpected painterly qualities to occur.”