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.