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March 20, 2019
The PD Crane Dance Project
I was able to collaborate on a pretty sweet little dance with Jennifer Delac we’ve called “Winging It” — in the hopes to inspire what it might demand to get by together in this world with a disability. As Parkinson’s is near and dear to my own story through my Dad, and through my work, I wanted to share an expression of yearning and hope in a dance inspired by cranes.
March 13, 2019 –> #BrainAwarenessWeek
Breathing life into my choreography during Brain Awareness Week!
Looking forward to being a part of this developing neuroscience series entitled
“A Lot on The Mind” curated by Stephanie Rogers.
Dancers: Rusty Riegelman, David Buffam, Alison Stearns Hilario, Michael Vitaly Sazonov
Poetry by Leonore Gordon
Book by Joel Shatzky
Music by Michael Vitaly Sazonov after a poem by James Kavanaugh
A Lot on the Mind: Parkinson’s, Movement, and Dance
at NYU School of Medicine (Langone Medical Center)
550 1st Ave Alumni Hall B, New York, NY 10016
– A clinical overview by Dr. Andrew Feigin, Director of the Fresco Institute
– An update on some of the cutting edge PD research by Dr. Margaret Rice
– A dance and poetry performance choreographed by Michael Vitaly Sazonov about the transition a family makes when a loved one has a diagnosis
– A conversation with Manny Torrijos about how PD changed his life and how dance helped him come to terms with his diagnosis and dispelling stigmas.
July 17, 2018
The Bridge Residency: Experiments in Science & Art, a cross disciplinary residency program, is a four-month long virtual residency program that runs from September through December.
I am so excited to share that I was chosen as a 2018 Bridge Resident with the SciArt Center, that aims to provide support and promote cross-disciplinary approaches and interactions between artists and scientists. I was paired with a scientist named Devika Nair, whose background is in psychology & neuroscience. She is currently pursuing a master’s in genomics, while working at UCSF.
April 28, 2018
Parkinson’s Unity Walk.
Dance for PD representing, and sharing some love with Brooklyn Parkinson Group.
Here I am getting ready to dance with Pam Quinn and company! I love every opportunity I get to dance for this brilliant artist.
January 3, 2018
2018 Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Social Practice
Through the support of The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, with the New York Foundation for the Arts I was 1 in 12 artists to be chosen for the 2018 NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Social Practice. I’m so proud to share my heritage in this way. I’m so blessed to be steeped in the cultures of my parents and ancestors. I feel that I am a cumulative compound mixture of their hard work and talents.
This program is designed as a professional development program for immigrant and 1st-generation artists working in all forms of socially engaged art (including, but not limited to, public and community engagement and advocacy around issues of environment and climate change, immigration, race, gender, and social justice).
An outgrowth and expansion of NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, this program provides selected participants with guidance through experienced mentors, who, with NYFA’s support, will provide a platform for articulating current issues and concerns that are impacting our society and it will seek ways to create catalysts for change through their artistic practice.
This year, immigrant artist participants come from Argentina, Austrian, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Nepal, Republic Democratic of Congo, Serbia, Trinidad & Tobago.
Here’s more information on the program. I’m very excited to delve deeper into my theatre-making practice, taking my documentary style approach to the realms of immersive and engaging theatre through the communicative art forms of the spoken word, music, and movement.
October 6, 2017
A Smashing Music Video! Here’s to the beautiful work I was able to be a part of… Kudos to our imaginative director, Michael Joseph McQuilken, who pursued Chopin’s real life love affair, though unrequited, in this emotionally palpable tale. Daniil Trifonov and his music were inspiring, and this album is divine. As a kid I loved listening to Chopin… What a dream come true to be a part of this music video!