Umanism llc

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New York, NY, 10128
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Umanism is a NYC based company. Our mission is to build strategies to promote contemporary culture and talent between Italy and NYC


present and past projects, special events and evenings supported by umanism

Italian Playwrights Project first event in London

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For this first appointment of the Italian Playwrights Project in London will be presented a reading of one of the chosen plays for the second edition of IPP including "The Horizon of Events" by Elisa Casseri, "My Hero" by Giuliana Musso, "The Great Walk" by Fabrizio Sinisi, and the play that will be read "A Notebook for the Winter" by Armando Pirozzi thanks to the presence of the anglo-italian actors Marco Quaglia and Stefano Patti who will be on stage from August the 27th till September the 8th at the Tristan Bates in London with "Echoes", a play written by Lorenzo De Liberato

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Italy/NY: A Dancing Duet - Roundtable and networking by ECS 2018

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Emerging Choreographer Series (ECS), the project born in New York in 2013 from the collaboration between the City University of New York - La Guardia Performing Arts Center and the company "Mare Nostrum Elements" directed by Nicola Iervasi, will culminate in two fully produced performances at the La Guardia Performing Arts Center on February 26th and 27th 2018 featuring the works developed during the program.

Born as a mentoring program dedicated to emerging choreographers, the project has developed into a residency capable of providing concrete support, technical means and management guidance for the production of a new creation by the young selected choreographers who can benefit from all the technical, logistic and artistic support that the program is able to provide. This is an important and rare opportunity for young choreographers.

In 2016, ECS established a collaboration with the Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome, which strengthened the international nature of the project and ensured a focus on the relationship with young Italian choreographers. For the current edition Nicoletta Serio was selected in Rome last spring. Caterina Rago, an Italian professional choreographer residing in New York City where she directs the "Caterina Rago Dance Company" will work as mentor for Nicoletta Serio during her residency.

This roundtable is organized by Valeria Orani (Artistic Director ofUmanism NY), and under the auspices of the Italian Cultural Institute of NYC in partnership with Mare Nostrum Elements. It will be an occasion to discuss the projects and fostering connections between New York and Italian art scenes, already growing in-part to the collaboration between Mare Nostrum Elements and Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome.

Mare Nostrum Element's directors will present thir international partnership with Italy and officially launch the 5th edition of the Emerging Choreographers Series, which will culminate in a performance featuring new dance works by its choreographers on February 26th and 27th.

The nine choreographers selected by Mare Nostrum Elements for 2018 Emerging Choreographers Series are: Nicoletta Serio, Hannah Button, Christopher Núñez, Ann Dragich, Dougie Robbins, Garrett Parker, Zoe Walders, Quilan Arnold, and Patrick O'Brien. They will have opportunity to share their experience with attendees, dance professionals and journalists and others.

Download ECS 2018 press release in English

Download ECS 2018 press release in Italian

"Hokusai Life coloured" exhibition by Claudia Piscitelli

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 Claudia Piscitelli - Fuji under clear skies (oil painting)

Claudia Piscitelli - Fuji under clear skies (oil painting)

Claudia Piscitelli lives and works in Italy, mostly in Naples, Rome and Todi.

She studied drawing and painting at the New York Studio School, the International Academy of Art (RUFA) in Rome, the International Summer School, Saltzburg and the Slade University, London.  Formerly a biologist, she also holds a PhD in Genetics and specializes in Microbiology from University Federico II in Naples.

Her work has been exhibited in Naples, Rome, throughout Umbria and London. Her exhibition “Soul Portraits” (20 drawings on paper from herlarger “Soul Portraits project”) is currently shown at Pièce Unique Variations in Paris. 

Claudia Piscitelli follows an enigmatic and intricate innermost path and rather than simply painting, she challenges the limits and crafty pushes the boundaries of traditional technique until she finds her artistic tools with which she can take off to on a very personal journey. By doing so, she creates work with eyes and ideas which mirror her vast emotional nature.  Her exhibition is a tribute to the magnificent art of Japan-born Hokusai.

Claudia Piscitelli studies Hokusai introspectively, her goal is to observe in depth and detect his painstaking research until her artistic dimension becomes infused with his art. CP further elaborates her own conceptual world made of colors, traits, all of which is the result of her own interpretation of Hokusai.

Her analysis is wholesome and uncorrupted, eager to establish a contact with Hokusai and contextualize forms, colours, fullness and void, lightness and density.  Her tribute to Hokusai becomes an introspective journey resulting in 12diptychs on display at the New York Studio School - Student Gallery and Lobby at 8 W8th street, New York, NY 10011, from September 21 to October 4 2017.

The artist will be present at the opening and press preview on September 21, at 6-8 pm 

For any further information please get in touch with Valeria Orani at (516)-849-8404 or email .


Alessandra Corona Performing Works presents New dances by Italian choreographers

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 Photo Credit: Alessandra Corona, James Johnson - ©Natalia Bougadellis

Photo Credit: Alessandra Corona, James Johnson - ©Natalia Bougadellis

Amore Impossibile choreographed by Kristian Cellini  
Just Joy choreographed by Guido Tuveri

Alessandra Corona
James Johnson, Maria Vittoria Villa, Dannon O'Brien,
Nicholas Montero, Michael Bishop, Cassandra Orefice
Narrator: Fulvio Della Volta
Original Music: Thomas Lentakis

May 30 & 31, 8pm General Admission: $31 (Students and Dancers $ 20 at the door)

Alessandra Corona founded "A Corona Works" in New York City with a commitment to develop original artistic works that integrate dance, music, theater, video and film arts, for presentation in the United States and around the world. Her passion is to create art collaborating with professional artists from different performing art disciplines. Alessandra Corona has assembled remarkable and unique artists. 

Amore Impossibile is a new dance-theater production choreographed by the innovative Italian choreographer Kristian Cellini. The inspiration and atmosphere comes from the romance ‘ The Lady of the Camellias’, revised in a contemporary version.
Cellini’s work highlight the sentimental and passionate aspects of the eternal love between the main characters, with the help of a narrator and the original music by Thomas Lentakis. The expressive peak in the choreography will be emphasized by the music of Frederic Chopin.

Just Joy, choreographed by Guido Tuveri, is a collaboration with the artists celebrating the stages of life. It aims to show how even in times of difficulties and sorrow, dance will always bring passion and joy. The original music is by the American composer Thomas Lentakis.
to learn more about the show and "A Corona Works" please visit

"La Stoffa dei Sogni" directed by Gianfranco Cabiddu at La Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò

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Casa Italian Zerilli - Marimò - May 2, 2017 - 6.00pm

This screening is part of Primi al Cinema, a new Casa Italiana series dedicated to debut films, American and New York premieres and other cinematographic novelties from and about Italy.

La stoffa dei sogni
(Italy, 2016, 101 min.)
In ITALIAN with ENGLISH subtitles

Directed by Gianfranco Cabiddu
Written by Gianfranco CabidduUgo ChitiSalvatore De Mola

Starring Sergio RubiniEnnio FantastichiniTeresa Saponangelo

Loosely adapted from Eduardo De Filippo's Arte della commedia and translation of Shakespeare's The Tempest. Members of the Camorra on the run and actors seeking for authority meet after a shipwreck on an island-prison. The theatre turns into a free zone where everyone may not be able to recover their social role but for sure their humanity. Somebody can even get love back. Shakespeare and Eduardo De Filippo blend together in a picaresque comedy full of coup de théâtre.

Followed by a Q&A with director Gianfranco Cabiddu, moderated by Valeria Orani (Umanism NY)

Remembering Dario Fo with Robert Brustein

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 Dario Fo and Franca Rame (Guido Harary©)

Dario Fo and Franca Rame (Guido Harary©)

Monday, April 24
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Conversation + 2:00pm Screenings

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.
Join us for a day celebrating the legacy of Dario Fo with Robert Brustein, the legendary founder of the Yale Repertory Theatre and the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T) and Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Afternoon screenings curated by Rossella Menna.

Additional support from Rossella Menna (Dramaturg, performing arts curator), and Mariateresa Pizza (Director, Franca Rame Dario Fo Archive/Rome); the Italian Playwrights Project, Valeria Orani and The Italian Cultural Institute, Giorgio Van Straten.

The Segal Center honored Franca Rame in 2013 after her passing.

Same Day Afternoon screenings:

2:00pm Mistero Buffo Part 1 (Palazzina Liberty, 1977)
– subtitled English 60 min excerpt
3:00pm Morte accidentale di un anarchico (Teatro Cristallo, Milano 1987) – subtitled English 60 min excerpt
4:00pm The Theatre of Dario Fo (documentary, 1984) – in English 50 min
5:00pm Dario Fo and Franca Rame: A Nobel for Two (documentary, 1998) in English 55 min Directed by Lorena Luciano & Filippo Piscopo

Awarded the coveted National Medal for the Arts in 2011 by President Obama, Robert Brustein—a veteran of World War II—has been a playwright, critic, teacher, actor, director, and founder of
two major repertory theatre companies, the Yale Repertory Theatre and the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard. Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Suffolk University, he is a former Professor of English at Harvard University (now Senior Research Fellow), and New Republic Theatre Critic for over forty years. He now writes regularly for the Huffington Post, and teaches Dramaturgy students at the Drama School. He was Dean of the Yale School of Drama for thirteen years, where he also founded Yale Theatre magazine and the Yale Cabaret. He served for 20 years as Director of the Loeb Drama Center where he founded the ART Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard.

Dario Fo (24 March 1926 – 13 October 2016) was an Italian actor-playwright, comedian, singer, theatre director, stage designer, songwriter, painter, political campaigner for the Italian left-wing and the recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Literature. Fo’s plays, in a hybrid Brechtian tradition, have been translated into 30 languages, and he was considered the most widely performed contemporary playwright in world theatre. Much of Fo’s dramatic work, co-created with his partner Franca Rame (18 July 1929 – 29 May 2013), depends on improvisation and comprises the recovery of “illegitimate” forms of theatre, such as those performed by giullari (medieval strolling players) and, more famously, the ancient Italian style of commedia dell’arte.
His plays have been translated into 30 languages and performed across the world, including in Argentina, Chile, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, the UK[6] and Yugoslavia. His work of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s is peppered with criticisms of assassinations, corruption, organised crime, racism, Roman Catholic theology and war. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, he took to lampooning Forza Italia and its leader Silvio Berlusconi, while his targets of the 2010s included the banks amid the European sovereign-debt crisis.
Fo’s solo pièce célèbre, titled Mistero Buffo and performed across Europe, Canada and Latin America over a 30-year period, is recognised as one of the most controversial and popular spectacles in postwar European theatre. The play has been denounced by by Cardinal Ugo Poletti from the Vatican as “the most blasphemous show in the history of television”. Fo considered himseld an atheist. The 1997 Nobel Prize in Literature marked the “international acknowledgment of Fo as a major figure in twentieth-century world theatre”. The Swedish Academy praised Fo as a writer “who emulates the jesters of the Middle Ages in scourging authority and upholding the dignity of the downtrodden”. Dario Fo owned and operated his own theatre company.

MoveOpolis! XXYY & MARTHA@20 - NYLA March 8-11

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MAR 8-11 AT 7:30PM

New York Live Arts Theater (219 W 19th Street, New York, NY 10011)


Richard Move/MoveOpolis! opens New York Live Arts Live Ideas 2017 with the world premiere of XXYY and Martha@20, a special performance celebrating the 20th anniversary of Martha@…

XXYY is a poetic and otherworldly dance-theater event exploring the multiplicities of the gender spectrum while deconstructing the conventional binaries of male and female. It combines Move’s highly stylized choreography and Alba Clemente’s inventive and elaborate costuming to create a provocative, alternative vision of the world. XXYY incorporates text from the obscure Autobiography of an Androgyne, written at the turn of the 20th century by Ralph Werther. The original sound score by Martux_m includes the Vatican’s Last Castrato, Alessandro Moreschi (1858–1922), the only castrato to make solo recordings. XXYY is performed by Move and longtime collaborators Catherine Cabeen and Katherine Crockett. Lighting design is by Donalee Katz.

The program also features Martha@20an anniversary celebration of Move’s continuously evolving performance as legendary 20th-century icon Martha Graham. Having received a Bessie Award and accolades worldwide for their highly researched and nuanced portrayal of Graham, Move will present a special performance of Martha@… with monologues that illuminate Graham’s unparalleled career and restagings of Graham dances. Katherine Crockett, a former principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company, and Catherine Cabeen, a former member of the Graham Company, will again join Move in this performance.

Produced in Association with Patricia Field Art/Fashion and Slobodan Randjelović


Milano, Via Padova" the last movie work of Rezzamastrella on March 2nd at the third annual Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance

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The Martin Segal Theatre Center
365 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016
Thursday 2 | On Loop All Day | Segal Lobby

Italy | 2016 | 70 minutes | directed by Flavia Mastrella & Antonio Rezza
Italian with English subtitles

The film tells of racism and intolerance through song that shows the sweetness of a forgotten rhythm. The unusual reality performative reaches peaks when the personal and social problems are intertwined.

FLAVIA MASTRELLA & ANTONIO REZZA deal with communicative arts, Their film Escoriandoli was presented at Venice Film Festival in 1996 and Il Passato è il mio Bastone in 2008. In 2006, their short film Il Piantone was shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Shangay. In the same year they made installations and performances at Bologna's GAM Gallery. They have won the Hysteria Prize, the Ubu Prize, and the Napoli Prize. In 2014, published by Il Saggiatore book "Clamori al vento". In 2016 they presented Pitecus at La MaMa Experimental Theatre in New York.


Flavia Mastrella & Antonio Rezza (ph © Giulio Mazzi)