17 Oct 2020


"It's Not An Art Piece, But A Social Movement" -
New Dance Legacies, Contact Improvisation and Community
Jeremiah Day and Adalisa Menghini

6 pm

rosa murales

Jeremiah Day, Does Posterity Need Community, Or Vice-Versa? (School For New Dance, Amsterdam), inkjet print, 2020 (detail)

In this evening Jeremiah Day invites Adalisa Menghini into an informal discussion based on their ongoing conversation on the meaning of Contact Improvisation and New Dance - a loose family of practices ranging from Body-Mind-Centering to Simone Forti's Logomotion work with language and movement. The second generation of postmodern dance established a field somewhere between community building, healing and art. Are there implications for culture today?

The communitarian ethos of New Dance and its approach to pedagogy is the basis for Day's ongoing research project with UniArts Helsinki's Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts, and Day will share some of his research as a start to the conversation. Menghini will reflect on her decades of work as a dancer, teacher and scholar of the field.

This evening is part of Day's workshop co-hosted between Villa Romana and PARC, and is part of the broader project If It's For The People, It Needs To Be Beautiful, She Said leading to an exhibition at Villa Romana in Spring 2021.

Teachers during the workshop (15 - 25 October) are:

Alessandra Palma di Cesnola is a performer, teacher and founder of The Garage Performance Studio in Florence. A graduate of SNDO in Amsterdam, she studied contemporary dance and Contact Improvisation with the leading exponents of new American dance in New York. She carries on the Contact Improvisation both in Italy and abroad, applying the language to choreography and integrating it with other disciplines such as the Feldenkrais method and Taiji quan.

Adalisa Menghini is an Italian choreographer, performer, dancer, teacher, based in Berlin. She studied at SNDO Amsterdam, holds a Post Graduate degree in Neurophysiological Psychology and is a practitioner of the Feldenkrais method. Adalisa is performing improvisation, creating pieces and has been collaborating with different artists, including Dieter Heitkamp, Nita Little, Keith Hennessy, Kirstie Simson, LaborGras, Sasha Waltz and Tino Sehgal.

Jeremiah Day (1974, USA) studied art at the University of California, Los Angeles and at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam. Coming from performance in the context of visual arts, Jeremiah Day also studied movement, working regularly with the pioneer of postmodern dance Simone Forti. In Day's work political and personal realities intertwine through different techniques, including photography, video and movement. Day is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow at UniArts Helsinki's Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts exploring the role of arts pedagogy in public life.

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