Jessica DiMauro/DiMauro Dance – Danspace Project
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Jessica DiMauro/DiMauro Dance

Photo: Zach Marks
Photo: Zach Marks

This performance is presented as part of the Community ACCESS series, which provides subsidized off-season rental opportunities for Danspace Project community members.

Jessica DiMauro/DiMauro Dance presents I’m not done yet., a physical commentary on time, resistance, and womanhood. With this new work, DiMauro contemplates time and circumstance as driving, divisive, emotion-evoking, strength-building forces, asking:

How does timing dictate our lives? What happens when one tries to control time or the resulting actions of others? What role does time play in our personal decisions? How much control do we have over our circumstances?

Writes DiMauro, “As a woman, time is not kind. Pressure to aesthetically reverse time, hit certain life moments before a certain age, be validated by normalcy in our life’s timing exists as a pressure cooker. How do these supposed legitimizing landmarks impose ideas on what womanhood should be defined as? How do the pressures of a ticking clock or rapidly disappearing calendar manifest in physicality?”

Live music accompanies the work and will be both composed and improvisational.

Dancers: Davon Chance, Jessica DiMauro, Crystal Lynn Rodriguez, Najee Stephenson, Alexandra Williamson
Musicians: Zach Marks (drums), Jimi Olimpieri (guitar)
Lighting Designer: David Lovett

Jessica DiMauro, a New York native, is a modern dance choreographer invested in creating work that is rich in physicality and deeply communicative. Ms. DiMauro holds an MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University and a BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College. She has taught and choreographed works extensively for both professional and pre-professional dance companies in the greater NY area, as well as in New Jersey, Connecticut and Florida. Ms. DiMauro’s company, DiMauro Dance, has been selected to perform at numerous curated festivals including Dance Conversations at The Flea, WHITE WAVE’s WAVE RISING Series, COOL NY and DUMBO Dance Festivals, The T: Dance, Watch, Reflect, Greenspace Blooms, The HATCH presenting series, CT Meets NY, Queens Arts Express and New Dance Downtown. Ms. DiMauro was awarded an Arts Alive Artist Grant from ArtsWestchester for her work entitled com-mu-ni-ty. DiMauro Dance frequently performs as Guest Artists including the 2009 Annual Benefit for The Steffi Nossen Dance Foundation where Jessica currently has the pleasure of acting as Artistic Director and Producer, as well as receiving commissions for works in 2017, 2016, 2014, and 2004. Ms. DiMauro self-produced METROPOLIS at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center in March 2015, Unraveled at the Merce Cunningham Studio in 2011 and Confetti: A Collection of Works by Jessica DiMauro at The Producers’ Club Theaters in 2003. Her choreography was also seen at the 2004 International NYC Fringe Festival in Granola! The Musical at The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts. In the Fall of 2017, Jessica will set her thirteenth work on the BFA Dance students at Montclair State University where she is on faculty as a professor of Modern Technique. She will also act as Rehearsal Director for Stacey Tookey’s new work for the MSU dancers. She has also acted as the Rehearsal Director for Mark Morris’s Polka, Martha Graham’s Panorama, and Bill T. Jones’ work Spent Days Out Yonder. During the 2012-13 academic year she served as Rehearsal Director for the staging of Martha Graham’s Daughters of the Night; the Chorus from Night Journey, which was performed at the Joyce Theater in February 2013. In the Fall of 2015, Jessica’s work was performed by the BA candidates at Marymount Manhattan College.  In the summer of 2013, Ms. DiMauro was proud to be among the first few students to be certified in May O’Donnell Technique. Ms. DiMauro is a Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher, ACE-Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor. www.dimaurodance.org