By Randy Gener / Dance Diplomat

NEW YORK CITY | Want to get your Italian on? Head over to the Italian Cultural Institute on Wednesday, May 31 at 6:00 pm. While there, get into the Italian dance spirit by joining a free, open-to-the-public dance-spectacular featuring Italian artists and choreographers who’ve come for a fun-tastic-sounding festival week.

The Italian Dance Connection (which dubs itself as “IDACO nyc”) is presenting a 2017 festival week, May 30 through June 4 — it’s the organization’s third annual contemporary dance and art event in NYC. A wide variety of artistic styles await audiences, with more than 25 dance companies, artists and filmmakers to participate.

Dance workshops, thematic roundtables, site specifics, dance performances and an free, public, opening event on Wednesday, May 31th at 6pm at the Italian Cultural Institute, 686 Park Avenue, will be included in the Festival week.

Balletto teatro di Torino by Roberto Polli
Balletto teatro di Torino by Roberto Polli

Meanwhile, a weekend of IDACO nyc dance performances will be held concurrently at Baruch Performing Arts Center, Friday, June 2nd and Saturday, June 3rd at 7:30pm, and Sunday, June 4 at 5:00pm and 7:30pm. Emerging choreographers and established Italian/international choreographers and artists will be showcased in four different programs of innovative and experimental works.

Presentations will also include film screenings and intermission dance performances in theater-specific spaces. Tickets:

This year, IDACO nyc will focus on the theme “TransformAction” in an effort to draw attention to artistic responses to ongoing personal, social and political change. According to Vanessa Tamburi, the group’s artistic director, “Our lives are defined by continuing transformation, by the constant reshaping of our circumstances. The act of making art is a response to this alteration/substitution. The actuality of becoming different drives our actions.”

Evol Danza
Evol Danza

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 was founded by Vanessa Tamburi and Enzo Celli in 2015. The IDACO Festival is curated and produced by FLUSSO dance project, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute New York and The Baruch Performing Arts Center and in partnership with INSCENA Festival – Radio Nuova York - VIVO Ballet – Mare Nostrum Elements ECS - Anabella Lenzu Dance Drama - Umanism – Between the Seas – Ticino in Danza – Valentina Celada – Italytime - Italian American Museum.

  • OPENING EVENT – ITALIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE Wednesday, May 31 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 ‘ON & OFF’” - June 2nd and 3rd at 7:30pm, June 4th at 5:00 and 7:30pm BARUCH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, 55 Lexington Ave, NY (Entrance on 25th St.)
  • CAST TO INCLUDE: Abarukas, AlphaZTL/ Fabula Saltica, Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama, Azul Dance Theatre, Balletto Teatro di Torino, Compañía Improvisada, Cie Twain/physical dance theatre, DaCru Dance Company, Douglas Dunn + Dancers, Jacob Kruty /ECS Mare Nostrum Elements, Equilibrio Dinamico, FLUSSO dance project, Milano Contemporary Ballet, Clarissa Fattoruso & Giorgia Vitali, Grazia Capri, Gessica Cipriano, Parcon NY, VEICOLO DANZA, Sarah Nagle & Justin Ross
  • FILMMAKERS PRESENTING AT IDACO nyc EVENINGS: Angelo Silvio Vasta/Caterina Rago, Coreografo Elettronico, Experimental Film Virginia, FrameaSubstantia, Nancy Allison Dance & Film
Balletto teatro di Torino by Roberto Polli
Balletto teatro di Torino by Roberto Polli

Baruch Performing Arts Center
June 2-3 at 7:30pm
June 4 at 5:00pm and 7:30pm

Flusso dance project by Marie Noyale
Flusso dance project by Marie Noyale
Friday June 2nd, 7:30pm

Pre-showEvol – Gessica Cipriano IT
Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama NY
Douglas Dunn + Dancers NY
Compañía Improvisada IT

Intermission Parcon NY
Angelo Sivio Vasta/ Caterina Rago film IT
Abarukas NY

Dacru Dance Company by Marie Noyale
Dacru Dance Company by Marie Noyale
Saturday June 3rd, 7:30 pm

Pre-show Clarissa Fattoruso & Giorgia Vitali IT
Balletto Teatro di Torino (program 1) IT
Experimental Film Virginia (Film) NY
FLUSSO dance (film /dance) NY

Intermission Sarah Nagle & Justin Ross NY
Nancy Allison Dance & Film (film) NY
Equilibrio Dinamico IT

Equilibrio Dinamico by Marco Gallo
Equilibrio Dinamico by Marco Gallo

Sunday June 4th, 5:00 pm

Pre-show Grazia Capri IT
ECS /Mare Nostrum – Jacob Kruty NY
FrameaSubstantia (film ) IT
Azul Dance Theatre NY
Coreografo Elettronico ( Film) IT
Cie Twain, Physical Dance Theatre IT

Sunday June 4th, 7:30 pm

Pre-show Parcon NY
AlphaZTL/ Fabula Saltica IT
Coreografo Elettronico ( Film) IT
Milano Contemporary Ballet IT

Experimental Film Virginia (Film) NY
Balletto Teatro di Torino (program 2) IT


55 Lexington Ave, NYC (Entrance on 25th st.)
New York, NY 10010
(646) 312-1000

General Admission- $30
Baruch Alumni - $25
Baruch Faculty/Staff $20
Students - $15 (ID required)

OVATION TIX Phone: 866-811-4111

Partners : Italian Cultural Institute, NY - Baruch Performing Arts Center - FLUSSO dance project – INSCENA Festival – Radio Nuova York - VIVO Ballet – Mare Nostrum Elements ECS - Anabella Lenzu /Dance Drama - Umanism – Between the Seas – Ticino in Danza – Valentina Celada - Italytime

Sponsor: Arvero Limoncello

Media Partner: Radio Nuova York

Coreografo elettronico
Coreografo elettronico

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