Umanism llc

New York


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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

My Heart, I'm suffering. What can I do for you? by Antonio Marras arrives at PERFORMING PAC De_GENERE (MILAN - ITALY)

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A site-specific performance involving actors and dancers, who will enliven the PAC under the guidance of Antonio Marras’ vision, for an experiment that will transform and contaminate popular culture and the storytelling of memory – through the stages of life, personal stories, the search for one’s own identity, melancholy and frightened childhood memories.

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Welcome to the Italian and American Playwrights Project new Website!

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The Italian and American Playwrights Project is growing day by day and finally we are now online with our new website.
Thanks to the generosity of our donors we have managed to bring readings of translated plays to a wider audience and work with outstanding directors and actors. We are building new partnerships, with universities, colleges, festivals both in the US and in Europe.
Every contribution is essential to continue and develop this project on both sides of the “Big Pond”.

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)