Tranlation by Emmelina De Feo
On Thursday, May 24th, the international arts and dance festival, IDACO: Italian Dance Connection will open, presented by the Baruch Performing Arts Center and curated by Vanessa Tamburi, Cecilia Fontanesi and by the IDACO Artistic Board, and co-produced by Flusso Dance Project and by the Italian Cultural Institute, in collaboration with INSCENA Festival, VIVO Ballet, Anabella Lenzu Dance Drama, Ticino in Danza, Valentina Celada, ECS Mare Nostrum Elements and Umanism. The festival — whose main theme will be cross-cultural mingling and dialogue — will engage more than twenty dance companies, artists and directors for four days of screenings and dance choreographies, accompanied by a photo exhibit by Gisella Sorrentino.
The public is invited to the Italian Cultural Institute at 6:00PM on May 23rd for the opening party sponsored by I Trulli restaurant and by limoncello Arvero. The evening is free, but you must RSVP on this website. During the celebration, the program listing the initiatives and various exhibition locations will be presented. Tickets can be purchased here, with full cost ticket prices starting at $30. In a period of time in which there are new barriers and walls between countries and communities, IDACO NYC offers to create a space of comparison and sharing for artists of various nationalities and, therefore, for its audiences. Even though attention is aimed at Italian tradition, already in past editions the IDACO NYC festival managed to connect different viewpoints and offer a global vision of art. The festival in previous years has had as participants theater companies such as the National Asian American Theatre Company, Folksbiene and the MCC; dance companies such as Heidi Latsky Dance, José Limón, and the Urban Bush Women; renowned authors and musicians such as Vince Giordano, Nighthawks, pianists Sara Davis Buechner and Michael Brown, Teju Cole, Colum McCann and Amitav Ghosh, the actress Linda Lavin, Gloria Steinem and former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
Even this year, the festival is being organized by the Baruch Performing Arts Center, well-known for its classical music, opera, jazz, theater, dance, and film presentations and conferences, and for its seasons containing over forty programs which reflect the American melting pot and give voice to social justice themes. From May 24th – 27th, those interested will have the possibility of getting to know the works of
Anabella Lenzu and DanceDrama, of Nancy Allison, Claudia Gesmundo and Vera Sticchi, of Garrett Parker, the Eleina D. Dance Company (Thursday, May 24th at 7:30PM); of FrameaSubstantia together with Collettivo StatoLiquido and Ass. Arti SinespaZio3.0, of Matilde Sakamoto, of the Cie Twain Physical Dance Theater, of Enzo Celli and the VIVO Ballet (Friday, May 25th at 7:30 PM); of Lost Movement, of Virginia Experimental Film and of the Balletto Teatro di Torino, of the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, the Baobab Romeo+ Iuvenis Danza and Giovanna Venturini, the YY Dance Company, of OPLAS and Luca Bruni (Saturday, May 26th at 8:00PM); of PopCult and Aterballetto, of Virgilio Sieni, Palazzo Te and Zefirofilm (Sunday, May 27th at 3:30PM); of Movement Choir by Parcon NYC (at 5:00PM); of ODM – Ocram Dance Movement, of Gruppo e-motion, of Elisabetta Minutoli and the Piccolo Balletto Sorano, of the Meltin_Pot Dance Company (which will conclude the evening at 6:00PM). This will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part of an encounter of creative experiences in the Big Apple.