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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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Catherine Latson


Tapioca Bride

Tapioca Bride

Tapioca Root, Goose Nagoire Feathers,
Coque Tail Feathers, Peacock Swordtail
Feathers, Vintage Fabric and Lace Remnants
5' H x 4' - Hem Diameter
$9,750

Sea Urchin Tutu

Sea Urchin Tutu

Sea Urchin Shells (collected on the coast of Maine), Deconstructed Bodice, Tulle, Wood, Veneer, Whale Bone, Antique Tatting Threads, Cotton Batting
24" x 34" x 24"
$7,200
(installed with stand)

Dancing with Death

Dancing with Death

Pheasant, Goose & Duck Feathers, Ribbon, Wire
56" H
$9,750

Magnolia Tie

Magnolia Tie

Preserved Magnolia Leaves, Coque & Biot Feathers
17" x 4" x 2"
Plexi Box Frame : 23" x 11" x 3"
$2,000

the LITTLEs: goin'COMMANDO

the LITTLEs: goin'COMMANDO

Tapioca Root, Thread, Wooden Skewers, Broken Toggles
5" x 4"
SOLD

the LITTLEs: MOTHeaten

the LITTLEs: MOTHeaten

Pine Fern, Kimono Fragments, Thread
7" x 6"
SOLD

the LITTLEs: theTINIEST

the LITTLEs: theTINIEST

Muslin Remnant, Vintage Silk, Paper Cord, Thread
5" x 3"
$125 (unframed)

the LITTLEs:aWHOOPIN' and aHOLLERIN'

the LITTLEs:aWHOOPIN' and aHOLLERIN'

Canvas Remnant, Thread
5" x 3"
$125 (unframed)

the LITTLEs: yerSLIPisSHOWIN'

the LITTLEs: yerSLIPisSHOWIN'

Corset Remnants, Thread, Paper Moire, Piano Hammers
10" x 4"
SOLD

the LITTLEs: SHINYshoes

the LITTLEs: SHINYshoes

Used Stick Matches, Toggles, Wooden Skewers, Tulle
7" x 4"
$150 (unframed)

the LITTLEs: FUZZYslippers

the LITTLEs: FUZZYslippers

Victorian Corset Remnants, Rabbit Fur, Piano Hammers
10" x 4"
SOLD

the LITTLEs: GROOVYpants

the LITTLEs: GROOVYpants

Peacock Feather Bits, Corset Fragments, Piano Hammers
11" x 6"
SOLD

the LITTLEs: BOBBYsocks

the LITTLEs: BOBBYsocks

Wheat, Bear Grass, Piano Hammers, Frabric, Thread
10" x 5"
SOLD

Tweed

Tweed

Preserved Pine Fern, Hemp, Thread, Silk Cord, Antique Hat Netting, Fabric Remnants
25" x 15" x 3"
(Plexi Box Frame:34 x 24 x 4
$4,900

 Featherhead

Featherhead

Goose Feathers, Seaweed, Raffia, Bamboo Umbrella Parts, Silk Cord, Seed Pods, Antique Hat Netting, Nails, Threads
30" x 28" x 3"
(Oak Box Frame: 37 x 33 x 4
SOLD

Peacock

Peacock

Peacock Feather Tips, Paper Moire,Magnolia Skeleton Leaves, Paper, Antique Upholstery Fabric
14" x 33" x 6"
(Plexi Box Frame: 39 x 20 x 7
$4,900

Hoop Chandelier #2

Hoop Chandelier #2

Bittersweet Vine, Recycled Wine Barrel Hoop, Basket Reed, Wrought Iron Hardware
42" W x 22" D
$1,900

Lodge Sconce

Lodge Sconce

Bittersweet Vine
65" x 24" x 16"
$3,400

Sister Vine

Sister Vine

Bittersweet Vine
42" x 16" x 11"
$1,250
(installed with preserved greens)

Improbable Umbrella

Improbable Umbrella

Grapevine, Bittersweet Vine, Recycled Bamboo, Umbrella Frame
38" Diameter
$700

 

Catherine Latson Fine Art Documentation

“The building blocks of the natural world are endlessly interesting. No ocean or forest is bereft of ideas. I am drawn to organic “stuff” and spend my time gathering, dismantling, reassembling, and innovating with the things I find. Whether it is the grace of a vine’s curve, the architecture of a conch shell, the brocade surface of a sea urchin, or the cascading nature of amaranths, the intrinsic properties of my medium take the creative lead. I reach for the asymmetrical, the imperfect, the corroded, and decomposed. Those are the makings of good stories. My work does not preach. Nature is the text and a full-fledged collaborator.

The Garment Series offers an unconventional take on the art and engineering of self-decoration. Using exclusively organic and repurposed materials, the language of clothing is explored. Garment forms are reimagined in tapioca root, magnolia leaves, moss, birch, sea urchin shells, amaranths, hydrangea petals, peacock quills, and more. While the forms are recognizably human, they are fragmented, weathered, and curious. They each have a story, a ghost, if you will. Clothing, whether it serves as camouflage or commentary, is a uniquely human experience. I want to turn that experience, that language, on its head by offering whimsical and improbable reinventions of the packages we put ourselves in.”

Sergey Tsygal


Flamingo

Flamingo

Mixed Media on Paper
27” x 19”

WOLFS

WOLFS

Mixed Media on Paper
18” x 27”

 

Celebration devoted to anniversary of Russian champagne house Abrau-DursoThe rich décor of Tsygal’s etchings is combined with tender shades of colorful smooth layers.  Art Critics noticed Tsygal’s perfect graphic technique, strong composition and vibrant emotions.  He was called “The Great Animalist”.

Tsygal’s skills and professionalism have been accumulated over the years, after studying with master printers at the Stroganoff Art Academy in Moscow, Russia, resulted in gaining recognition from the European and Russian museums, as well as private collectors in the US, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico, Germany and Sweden.

“Sergei found his own world by rejecting big subjects, grandiose sizes and long trips. Since he was a boy, he liked to look at a leaf, a lizard, a picture of a long-necked spotted giraffe and to draw what he liked with a sharp needle on a zinc plate covered with lacquer.

Individual plates- small and large- are joined in a variety of ways to make a single print. Each print is a variation of plates and color. Each is beautiful in its own right, and the number of copies does not contradict their uniqueness.”