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TDH FACULTY 2019

Sadé Alleyne

London, UK

WEEK I FLORENCE: JULY 9-13

Alleyne Dance, a UK based internationally touring contemporary dance company. As well as artist Kristina and Sadé being twin sisters, they are performers and choreographers and have worked for people such as:

  • Akram Khan

  • Wim Vandekeybus/ Ultima Vez

  • Gregory Maqoma

  • Arthur Pita

  • Tavaziva

  • Retina

  • Bawren Tavaziva

  • Henri Oguike

  • And more...

Alleyne Dance strived for high quality and excellence delivering two main objectives; Performance and Education Work. The artist aesthetic reflects in their diverse background of athleticism and dance training. Alleyne Dance blends Afro- Caribbean, Hip Hop, Kathak, Latin and Circus Skills within a contemporary dance context. Their language movement is fast paced, physical and dynamic with infusion of lyrical and fluid motion.

The significant factors Alleyne Dance Workshops or Creation period’s is to create a process which will help develop the individuals creative mind, generate passion, determination, strength, and most Importantly an intention/ belief in what ever they decide to do. Alleyne Dance teach and create regularly at many schools, communities, youth and professional companies/ artist and for small projects across the world, leading taster sessions, creative/ improvisation sessions and choreograph small pieces.

Alleyne Dance have also being involved in modelling shoots, dance for camera, community outdoor projects and have also set up youth companies to continue the work they have created. In every session or creative class the artist really push the participants and give them a sense of professionalism and generate awareness of they’re bodies and to just to simply generate passion and motivation in the art. Alleyne work with a variety of ages, levels and abilities.

ALLEYNE DANCE has been involved with, Dance Mission (San Francisco, USA), GLL Sportathon (London, UK), B40 Youth Group, Academy of Performing Arts (London, UK), Greenwich Dance (UK), The Place (UK), CAT Schemes (London/ Nottingham/ Birmingham/ Manchester/ Leeds), Dance 4 (Nottingham, UK), Bird College (London, UK), The Brits School of Performing Arts and Technology (UK), Hot House Dance (UK), Turnstyles (UK), Vocab Dance Company (UK), London Studio Centre’s Saturday Associate Programme, Sanjuta Banerjee Youth Groups, Aakash Odedra, Aditi Mangaldas and GDA Professional Class, Fontys Dance Academy (Tilburg, NL), CodArts (Rotterdam, Belgium), Open Dutch Convention (Amsterdam), In Love Festival (Toronto), Danse á La Carte (Montreal), Karlovac Dance Festival (Croatia), SEAD (Austria), Dance Nuclus (Singapore), Disha Dance (India), Dance Strides (Barbados), Danse De Genēve (Geneva), Luca Tanzworkshop (Stuttgart), BallotBoyz (UK) and StudioXXV (Slovenia).

ALLEYNE DANCE commissions involve Shift Youth Company (UK), Scatter Dance Company (UK), SEAD (Austria), Bird College (UK), Impulstanz Residency (Austria), Artistry Youth (UK), Codarts (Netherlands), Jeune Ballet Calabash (France), Dance4 CAT (UK), Sead Salzburg (Austria).

Alleyne Dance’s first duet ‘ A Night’s Game’ was shown at London’s MOVE IT Festival 2016 and have performed in London UK, Spain, France, Toronto, Vienna, Cahors and Leicester UK. Alleyne Dance received wonderful feedback from their audiences; emotionally touched, charged and inspired.

2017 ALLEYNE DANCE performed and led workshops in India, Switzerland, France, Norway, Malta, Canada, Slovenia, Portugal, Belgrade, Croatia, Germany, Belgium and returning artist to festivals such as, HJS Summer Intensive (Amsterdam, NL) Impulstanz Festival (Vienna, Austria) and Deltebre Dansa (Spain).

Roy Assaf
Tel Aviv, Israel
WEEK II FLORENCE: JULY 15-19

Roy Assaf was born in 1982 in the farming community of Sde Moshe in the south of Israel. He has been dancing and creating ever since he remembers himself. He began formal training at the age of sixteen, when he joined a dance group led by Regba Gilboa at the community center in Kiryat Gat. Two years later, Assaf was drafted into the Israel Defense Forces and served there until completing his national service. In 2003 he met the internationally recognized choreographer Emanuel Gat and made his mark touring worldwide with Gat as both performer and choreographic assistant from 2004-2009. Since 2010, he has been developing his own works independently. His work has been performed in such renowned venues and festivals as the Théâtre National de Chaillot, Jacob’s Pillow, Bolzano Danza, Pavillon Noir, Biennale di Venezia and the 17th Biennale de la Danse in Lyon. He has won several prizes for his works, the latest among them first prize of both jury and audience in the 7th edition of [re]connaissance danse contemporaine for The Hill-- a first in the history of the competition.

In 2014 he was invited by Benjamin Millepied to create new work for the Los Angeles Dance Project (LADP), in 2015 he created Ballader for The Royal Swedish Ballet and in 2016 he was commissioned by the Batsheva Dance Company to create for a shared evening with Batsheva’s Artistic Director Ohad Naharin. Adam, for 12 dancers, premiered on April 26th and was presented at the International Exposure Festival, Tel Aviv, in December. In early 2017 Assaf remade II Acts for the Blind into a full evening with his own company in Israel. Sacre, a creation for GöteborgsOperans DansKompani using Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, premiered in September 2017, followed by 25 people, commissioned by The Juilliard School for its New Dances series, in December. In 2018 he will revisit his work Girls & Boys with Ensemble Batsheva and will create new works  for Ballet de Capitole and for Staatstheater Mainz.

Piero Leccese

Agropoli, Italy

WEEK III AGROPOLI: JULY 23-28

Piero Leccese, in parallel to higher education, began studying contemporary dance, ballet, and improvisation. He has studied contact improvisation with Alexander Certini, Charlotte Zerbey, Alessandra Palma Cesnola, and has attended seminars with Julyen Hamilton, Nancy Stark Smith, Kirstie Simson, and many others. He deepened his training at the Contemporary Dance School and the Laban Center in London, as well as in Paris and Bruxelles. He atteneded drama workshops with Danio Manfredini, Renata Palminiello, Remondi and Caporossi, and Marco Baliani. He has also collaborated with Italian companies of contemporary dance and physical theater such as Compagnia Aldes-Roberto Castello, Company Blue, Baldanza, Versilia Dance, Ersilia Danza, Secondo Taglio, Rem & Cap, Agar-Paola Bianchi, Florence Dance Company, and Gabriella Maiorino Dance Company.

 

He regularly collaborates with the company Teatro di Piazza o di Occasione of Prato as a performer in shows for children. He also helps with the organization and implementation of theater workshops and movement for students and teachers. The company also runs workshops in expressive theater and dance programs targeting the disables, drug addicts, and young people from the slums.

From 2005 to 2007 he worked with the actress and director Maria Maglietta in a dance and theater project on behalf of AMREF Italy/Kenya for the rehabilitation of “chocora” (garbage guys) of Nairobi. Together they held several contemporary dance and contact improvisation workshops for a group of local dancers organized by the Italian Institute of Culture in Nairobi.

 

In 2015 he became the artistic director of Dance Exorto, a new space for the performing arts in Agropoli (Salerno, Italy).

 

His work is mostly based on release technique, floor work, and partnering. Paralling his studies in architecture, he emphasizes concepts such as space/direction, structure/shape, full/empty, and inside/outside.

 

He holds regular courses in contemporary dance and contact improvisation at both public and private school in Florence and leads workshops in Italy and abroad.

Giada Matteini Ferrone

New York, NY

Founder & Artistic Director, Ballet Teacher

Giada Ferrone graduated cum laude with a BA in Dance from Suny Empire State College, is one of the first professional dancers to graduate from Marga Nativo’s training program at the Florence Dance Center in Italy and was one of the founding members of the Florence Dance Company. Her professional debut was with the company first ever performance in 1988, at the age of 14. Ferrone believes in cultural exchange, artistic expression and dance as essential tools in the health of adults and the development of children.

 

Ferrone has worked as a performer, educator, choreographer, curator and producer in New York City since 1998. She was Assistant Professor of Dance at Hofstra University where she taught ballet technique for seven years. She has worked for the notable Eliot Feld Public School for Dance and Ballet Tech, teaching company class and technique for students 6th through 12th grade. Ferrone created a curriculum-based ballet program for children ages 8 through 18, which she ran at the Peridance Center for over 10 years.  The majority of her students continue their dance education in prestigious North American institutions and universities such as ABT, Purchase University, Marymount Manhattan College, NYU, Harvard, and Columbia and are performing in contemporary and commercial dance companies across the globe. An international master teacher with an extensive background as ballet mistress, she guest teaches in festivals and universities across Europe and Asia: most recently at Balettakademien in Sweden, SEAD in Austria, NYU in Germany, Academy of Drama in China and has worked as a judge at the ABAP Ballet Competition in the Philippines.

Ferrone’s choreography has been presented at Saint Mark’s Church, Purchase, the Construction Company, Theatre of the Riverside Church, Hofstra University, Rose Theatre at Lincoln Center, the Manhattan Movement Arts Center, the Aldous Theater, the Ailey Citigroup Theater, Tisch's Fifth Floor Theater, the Florence Dance Festival and the Mugello Dance Experience. She created, choreographed and directed The Nutcracker NYC, which performs every Christmas season and voted one of the top six Nutcrackersto see by CBS news. (www.thenutcrackernyc.com) In 2015 she launched The Nutcracker NYC Gives Back,  an outreach program dedicated to eradicate unjust policies of educational discrimination in the US and focused on vulnerable neighboorhoods and populations.

 

Ferrone produces dance and music performances in both the US and Europe and proudly supports the growth and development of performing artists as ambassadors of peace through art.

Ferrone has taught ballet and partnering at NYU Tisch School of The Arts since 2008. She has been a full-time member of the Faculty at NYU since 2013 and is currently serving as Tisch’s Second Avenue Dance Company Co-Director and Director of Dance Accompanists.

TDH 2019 itinerary

FLORENCE RESIDENCY

Week 1: Tuesday, July 9 - Saturday, July 13

Residency with Sadè Alleyne, U.K.

 

Sunday, July 14 Day off: Optional trip to Siena

 

Week 2: Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19

Residency with Roy Assaf, Israel

Saturday, July 20 Day off/Special Masterclass

 

Sunday, July 21 Performance at Florence Dance Festival, (30th Anniversary season), Florence

Monday, July 22 Day off: Travel to Agropoli

 

HUB: On the ROAD!

AGROPOLI RESIDENCY

Monday, July 22 Day off: Optional beach day

 

Week 3: Tuesday, July 23 - Saturday, July 27

Residency with Piero Leccese, Italy

 

Sunday, July 28 Performance at Castello Angioino Aragonese, Agropoli

 

*Performance dates to be confirmed!