Join us for showings by Alessia Palanti, mignolo dance, and Rourou Ye. Moderated by Maleek Washington.
FREE. No RSVP required.
ShowDown is a performance and feedback series for works-in-progress. The program provides emerging and mid-career dance artists an opportunity to show unfinished work in an informal, welcoming setting, with a feedback session following the performances facilitated by a noted guest choreographer.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
A native of Florence, Italy, Alessia Palanti is the co-founder of New York City’s acrobatic and contemporary dance movement collective, Gravity. Gravity’s feminist and queer-centered work has been showcased at Brooklyn Arts Exchange (2017), Triskelion (2018), and Gibney (2019). Alessia holds a BA in Dance from Beloit College where she received the award for Highest Achievement in Dance Choreography (2003-2007), and her work was selected to be presented at ACDFA two consecutive years (2006, 2007). In Italy, she performed in workshops with OmFrhida (2008-2011), where she honed in on the potential for movement to explore inner worlds. She is most interested in how the physical qualities of movement can convey the most ephemeral human experiences. When she isn’t dancing, Alessia teaches writing at Columbia University where she also recently received her PhD.
mignolo dance is a nonprofit contemporary dance company based out of New York and New Jersey founded by sisters, Charly and Eriel Santagado, in 2017. They have been dancing and creating together for more than ten years and use this experience to continue to collaborate with each other and other dancers and artists to create new work that explores elements of various artistic mediums through movement. The company has had work produced at many shows and festivals including KoDaFe, Dumbo Dance Festival, Triskelion’s SummerFest, Waxworks, Peridance’s APEX, and Koresh’s Come Together Dance Festival.
Rourou Ye is a dance artist and entrepreneur raised as an only child in China and lives in New York City. Holds a BFA in Choreography from Shanghai Theater Academy and MFA in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College, Rourou is influenced by Chinese traditional and Western contemporary practices. Prior to relocating to the USA in 2015, she worked on Musical Theater productions at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Rourou’s dances have been presented by GIBNEY, Danspace, Movement Research @ Judson, The Field, Center for Performance Research, Dixon Place, BAAD, River to River festival at LMCC, Yangtze Repertory Theater. Rourou is the founder of One Space Arts Inc, a company aiming to deepen the artistic dialogue between Chinese and American cultures. Through programs of study and immersion, she seeks to offer Chinese students comprehensive multicultural experiences.
Photo of Rourou Ye courtesy of the artist.
Gibney 280 Broadway is accessible via elevator from the main entrance at 53A Chambers Street.
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