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


Complessità at Creative Tech Week NY on May 7th

Umanism LLC

The human figure and body movements are explored through a transposition from virtual to biological. Singularity and collectivity operate across both biological and computational contexts creating a visible manipulation of corporeal relation human-technology.

Complessità is a performance, conceived by Italian designer and digital artist Enrica Beccalli, that is a journey into the beauty of complexity and our role within it. 
The performer is at the mercy of complexity thanks to a wearable device that affects his movements by modifying his equilibrioception (sense of balance) according to the movements of an algorithm that visually simulates a flock of birds.
Complessità is an innovative Interactive Dance Performance that invert the traditional human-machine relation: the human loses ownership of its movements and we enter a new dimension where the machine computes the moving human body. The interaction between human and machine loses its unilaterality and becomes (finally) mutual. 
The human figure and body movements are explored through a transposition from virtual to biological. Singularity and collectivity operate across both biological and computational contexts creating a visible manipulation of corporeal relation human-technology.
This algorithm simulates the behavior of a flock of birds. Flocking behavior is exhibited when a group of birds, called a flock, are foraging or in flight. 

In studying flocking behavior, it becomes clear there is no central control; each bird behaves autonomously, each bird has to decide for itself which flocks to consider as its environment and looks to the behavior of its fellow birds to determine its own. 
Humans are animals, too – collective animals at that. We flock. We look at the behaviors of others before acting ourselves and rely on the group when we don’t know what to do. 

The performer is being connected to the flocking algorithm through a Galvanic Vestibular Stimulator (GVS). The flock direction is transposed to the performer through two electrodes positioned on the back of each ear. The electrostimulation of the inner ear causes an involuntary and immediate modification of the body direction by stimulating a specific nerve that maintains balance. This technology has been investigated for both military and commercial purposes. Here Enrica Beccalli wants to explore its effect on performing arts as a new typology and most of all to stimulate a discussion on human-computer interaction. The result of this electrostimulation of the inner ear is painless but dramatic.

Complexity is what govern us and our behavior, but its intangible characteristics make it very hard for us to understand and perceive that we are part of a whole and that there is a complex continuity of human nature with the natural world. 

Enrica Beccalli said: “With this installation I want to raise awareness of the possible role of technology in modifying, altering and conditioning our behavior on a physical level”
This project aims to show the beauty of complexity by letting the spectator explore the relation between singularity and collectivity, individuality and community, the part and the whole. 

Complessità, in collaboration with Roula Gholmieh, was the closing act of the 2016 TFI Playground exhibit at the Tribeca Film Festival, April 16.