Umanism llc

New York


422 East 89th Street
New York, NY, 10128
United States

Umanism is a NYC based company. Our mission is to build strategies to promote contemporary culture and talent between Italy and NYC


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New York and Italian Artists To Connect in Week-Long - Contemporary Dance Performance and Art Event

ITALIAN DANCE CONNECTION (“IDACO nyc”), 2016 Festival Week, May 23-28, is the organization’s second annual contemporary dance and art event in NYC. A wide variety of artistic styles await audiences with over 20 dance companies, artists and filmmakers to participate. Dance workshops, creative residencies, thematic roundtables, site specifics, dance performances and an opening event at the Italian Cultural Institute are included in the event week.  Events will be held in various locations; all dance performances are to be held at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker Street, NYC.  

“IDACO nyc,” founded by Vanessa Tamburi and Enzo Celli, is curated and produced by FLUSSO dance project in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute New York and in partnership with Vivo Ballet – Anabella Lenzu/ DanceDrama – Umanism - INSCENA Festival - Mare Nostrum Elements/ECS  - Valentina Celada.

The “IDACO nyc EXPERIENCE” May 25, 26, 27, 28 at 7:30pm at the Sheen Center, will present work dedicated to the innovative projects of Italian/international choreographers and artists. The “IDACO nyc EXPERIMENT,” at 5:30pm on May 28 at the Sheen Center, will feature experimental projects focusing on young, emerging Italian/international choreographers and artists. The “Experience & Experiment” evenings will also include film screenings and intermission dance performances in theater-specific spaces.

ITALIAN DANCE CONNECTION, “IDACO nyc,” is a platform for Italian artists visiting and living in New York, and for New York artists who want to take part in a dialogue with Italian culture, exploring and sharing their unique paths through movement, choreography and the visual arts. “IDACO nyc” seeks to encourage networking and artistic research between multiple creative resources, cross cultural boundaries and offer an artistic platform while cultivating a sense of shared identity. The organization hopes to create space for new collaborations and offer a supportive, inspiring and creative environment for dancers, movers, performance artists, video artists, musicians, and all creative people interested in the "art of movement."

“IDACO nyc” 2016 has the theme ID-ENTITIES, focusing on the disorienting and stimulating nature of cultural, gender, racial, ethnic and class differences. “IDACO nyc” wishes to contribute to a better understanding of cultural diversity.


OPENING EVENT – ITALIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE Tuesday, May 24 at 6pm will include a reception, program presentation, video screening and site specific performance. Italian Cultural Institute, 686 Park Avenue. Free and open to the public.

IDACO Nyc ‘EXPERIENCE – SHEEN CENTER May 25, 26, 27, 28 at 7:30pm Caterina Rago Dance Company NY, DaCru Dance Company IT, Fabrizio Favale /Le SuppliciIT, FLUSSO dance project NY, KoDance IT, Laccioland CompanyIT , Anabella Lenzu /DanceDrama NY, Silvia Gribaudi IT, Jennifer Muller / The Works NY, Giovanni Leonarduzzi /Bellanda IT, VIVO Ballet IT/US.

AT INTERMISSION: Amaris DanceNY, Evol – Gessica Cipriano NY - Parcon Project NY

IDACO nyc ‘EXPERIMENT’” – SHEEN CENTER May 28 at 5:30pm Noemi Di Gregorio and artists NY, Forza Malizia Dance Company NY, Khensani Mathebula & Dancers   NY, KoDance IT, Lone King [Projects by Marissa Brown] US, [VESSELS] US

AT INTERMISSION: Evol – Gessica Cipriano NY


Luca Ciriello IT, AlphaZTL Company of Dinamic Art/ Vito Alfarano IT, Robero Casarotto / Operaestate Festival Veneto IT, Virginia Experimental Film US/ Coorpi IT.


General Admission: $25

Students $15

Packages: 2 shows: $45  - 3 shows: $70 - 4 shows: $90

“IDACO nyc” Experience/Experiment

The Sheen Center

18 Bleecker Street, New York, NY10012

(212) 925-2812


ABOUT IDACO nyc “The project IDACO nyc was born with the intent to create a festival to promote Italian contemporary and modern dance in the USA, a concept that hasn’t been thoroughly explored. In 2015, the first edition of this festival had a strong significance on the audience, stimulating their curiosity by presenting a unique collaboration between American and Italian artists in NYC, working independently or within organizations, coming from different disciplines and using a wide array of media. The curators boldly aimed for connecting artists, cultures, and communities, while presenting exciting work to their audience, bringing inter-cultural dialogue to the forefront, and encouraging a global vision of ART. In recent years, several Italian artists found a fertile creative ground in NYC, as the considerable stimulation of creative input the city offers represents an opportunity for many to question themselves and to grow. With this intention, IDACO nyc wants to give Italian contemporary dancers and choreographers the opportunity to bring their ideas abroad, connect with local artistic communities in NYC, and have their work seen and acknowledged in the USA.” Vanessa Tamburi, Co-Founder and Artistic Director, IDACO nyc

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul.” – Martha Graham


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IDACO “EXPERIENCE” at the Sheen Center, NYC

May 25 through May 28 , 2016

- Wednesday May 25th, 7:30pm

pre-show Evol – Gessica Cipriano NY

Caterina Rago Dance Company NY

AlphaZTL Company of Dinamic Art/ Vito Alfarano IT (Film)

Intermission Amaris DanceNY

Silvia Gribaudi IT

Jennifer Muller / The Works NY

- Thursday, May 26th, 7:30pm

pre-show Evol – Gessica Cipriano NY

KoDance IT

FLUSSO dance project NY

Intermission PARCON project

Virginia Experimental FIlm/ Coorpi (Film) US/IT

Fabrizio Favale/ Le SuppliciIT

- Friday, May 27th, 7.30pm

pre-show Evol – Gessica Cipriano NY

Giovanni Leonarduzzi /Bellanda IT

Vivo BalletIT/NY

Intermission PARCON project

Luca Ciriello IT (Film)

DaCru Dance Company IT

Saturday, May 28th, 7.30pm

Anabella Lenzu / DanceDramaNY

Giovanni Leonarduzzi / Bellanda IT

Intermission Operaestate Festival Veneto /Casarotto IT

KoDance IT

Laccioland CompanyIT

IDACO “EXPERIMENT” at the Sheen Center, NYC,

- Saturday, May 28 at 5:30pm:

 pre-show Evol – Gessica Cipriano NY

Khensani Mathebula & Dancers NY

Forza Malizia Dance CompanyNY

Noemi Di Gregorio and artists NY

Lone King [Projects by Marissa Brown] NY


Italian Playwright Project opens in New York

Umanism LLC

Umanism & The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center



                      Monday, December 7th, 2015


12:00 pm              Roundtable at Istituto Italiano di Cultura

                              Presenting European Theatre In New York In The New Millennium

                              686 Park Avenue, (between 68th and 69th) New York, New York 10065

 6:30 pm               ITALIAN PLAYWRIGHTS PROJECT 

                             Play readings at The Segal Theatre Center

                             The Graduate Center City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Str.

Umanism,  European arts and culture platform in New York 


The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at the Graduate Center, City University of New York


Opening Day of 2015/16 Italian Playwrights Project

An entire day dedicated to new Italian plays and European theatre in New York in the New Millennium. Partner of the project is the Italian Institute of Culture of New York, which will also host the Round Table at noon with producers, artistic directors and playwrights, mediated by journalist Graziano Graziani, with Giorgio Van Straten, Director of the Institute.

The Media Partner of Italian Playwrights Project is RAI Radio3


Presenting European Theatre In New York In The New Millennium

ROUND-TABLE with producers, artistic directors and playwrights and Giorgio Van Straten, Director of the Institute; moderated by Graziano Graziani,

Istituto Italiano di Cultura, 686 Park Avenue, (betw. 68 and 69t), Manhattan.                                                          

Free and open to the public. First come, first served.

- EVENING EVENT: 6:30 pm, December 7, 2015


The Segal Center, in collaboration with Italian Artistic Director Valeria Orani from 369gradi (Italy) and Umanism (NY) has co-curated a new Italian translation, performance, and publishing initiative. The plays were selected, in collaboration with an advisory committee, from a pool of recent winners of some of the most prestigious playwriting awards in Italy, including The Ubu Award, The Riccione Award, and The Hystrio Award. Featuring excerpted readings of: Ce Ne Andiamo per non darvi altre preoccupazioni(We'll be off, to spare you further worry) by Daria Deflorian & Antonio Tagliarini. Translated by Janice Capuana; Il Guaritore (The Healer) by Michele Santeramo. Translated by Ana Candida De Carvalho Carneiro and Raquel Almazan; I Vicini  (The Neighbors) by Fausto Paravidino. Translated by Jane House; and Origine Del Mondo (The Origin of the World) by Lucia Calamaro. Translated by Jane House. All playwrights, except Michele Santeramo, will be present. Supported by the Italian Cultural Institute of New York.

The Segal Theatre The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue, (at 34th Str.) Manhattan. Free and open to the public. First come, first served.

More about the Project: The Segal Center has invited Italian Artistic Director Valeria Orani from 369gradi (Italy) and Umanism (NY) to collaborate in this ambitious new translation, performance and publishing initiative. “Valeria’s initiative is the most significant Italian playwright project in the last two decades in the Americas, and we are honored to be able to support this project,” states Segal Center Executive Director Dr. Frank Hentschker. Valeria Orani adds: “We have a truly fantastic selection of some of the most significant contemporary Italian playwrights working today and we believe that American audiences will connect with the themes in their works.”

The Segal Center’s Italian Playwrights Project has three principal goals:

  • To raise the awareness of contemporary Italian writing for the stage in the Americas and to foster the development of collaborative relationships between playwrights from Italy and American theatre artists.   
  • ­After the December readings, the launch of a Contemporary Award-WinningItalian Theatre Festival in New York with fully staged productions of the selected plays.  
  • The publication of a translated anthology of the selected Italian plays.

About Umanism NYC: Umanism is company dedicated to the promotion and support of contemporary Italian culture and its professionals in New York. A movement, an open platform connecting Italy to the USA recognizing and expanding the creative potential of projects by Italian artists, supporting them in each step of the production and communication in the larger and more challenging context of New York

About the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center: The Segal Center bridges the gap between the academic and performing arts communities through dynamic public programs and digital initiatives that are free and open to all. Home to theatre artists, scholars, students, performing arts managers, and the local and international performance communities, the Segal Center provides a supportive environment for conversation, open exchange, and the development of new ideas and new work. Year round, the Center presents a wide variety of FREE public programs which feature leading national and international artists, scholars, and arts professionals in conversation about theatre and performance. Programs include staged readings to further the development of new and classic plays, festivals celebrating New York performance (PRELUDE) and international plays (PEN World Voices), screenings of performance works on film, artists in conversation, academic lecture series, televised seminars, symposia, and arts in education programs. In addition, the Center maintains its long-standing visiting-scholars-from-abroad program, publishes a series of highly regarded academic journals, as well as single volumes of importance (including plays in translation), all written and edited by renowned scholars.

About 369gradi Contemporary Culture Production: In 2003, Valeria Orani founded "369gradi", a production and curatorial company as well as a center for the promotion and distribution of Italian culture, based in Rome, Italy. "369gradi" mission is to investigate new possibilities in contemporary art, performing arts and drama. In 2013 alone 369gradi produced over 12 award-winning ensembles pieces, presented at major Italian theatres and festivals.