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Featured Artist: Alissa Cardone
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from "Wonder Girl", Tokyo, Japan Nov 2004,
Alissa Cardone, photo source unknown

photo still from "Secret Streams"
Green Street Studios, Cambridge MA
April 2005


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Alissa Cardone has been living in or around Union Square (Somerville, MA) since 1996.

Influenced by researches in Japan, where since 1999 she has been training and performing in the butoh lineage, her work crosses disciplines and privileges somatic process and improvisation as a way to fully and sensitively excavate the exquisite knowledge of the body in relation to light, image, sound and object. A recent Asian Cultural Council grantee (Artist Fellowship 2004) in Japan she has performed with Akira Kasai, collaborated and performed with Yoshito Ohno & Naoka Uemura and trained with Min Tanaka (Body Weather Farm). She has received individual grants from Massachussettes Cultural Council, Somerville Arts Council, New York University (MA Performance Studies in 2003) and Concord Academy's Summer Stages Dance where she was a Choreographers Project Fellowship recipient in July 2005. She has performed, taught and toured nationally & internationally in Russia, Peru, Belgium, France and Japan in her own work and as a company member of Paula Josa-Jones/Performance Works (1998-2003). In Boston Alissa is co-curator and founder of "Ideas in Motion" an international festival showcasing innovations in dance, movement and technology for the biannual Boston CyberArts Festival. She has also danced for several local choreographers including Sara Sweet-Rabideux/hoi polloi, Anna Myer, Nicola Hawkins, Brenda Divelbliss and Wendy Jehlen.

photo by Charles Daniels
"Secret Streams" by Kinodance Company

Alissa is choreographer, dancer and intermedia collaborator in Kinodance Company, a performance lab creating new works of contemporary dance based in Somerville, MA. Kinodance is the result of a love for kinetic exploration shared with co-founders local filmmaker Alla Kovgan and visual artist Dedalus Wainwright who have been working together since 1999 to melt boundaries between their respective mediums. Kinodance also includes local Somerville dancer/choreographer Ingrid Schatz and Northampton-based lighting designer Kathy Couch. Their current evening length project "Denizen" is in development
for a Boston and NY premier in the Fall of 2006 to be produced by Summer Stages Dance/Concord Academy.
Alissa has partipated in improvisational collaboration with both local and international musicians (some are ex-Somerville residents) --- Jonathan Vincent, Mike Bullock, Tatsuya Nakatani (now in NYC), Seth Barger & Ross Goldstein/United States of Belt, Kat Hernandez, rock guitarist Chris Brokaw, Geoff Farina and in Japan she worked with composer and new media artist Masakatsu Takagi. In 2004 she improvised with vocalist Bobby McFerrin at the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

photo by Matt Somalis (2001)
Alissa Cardone improvisation with Tatsuya Nakatani

Boston Center for the Arts

While living in New York (2002 - 2004) Alissa wrote dance crits for the underground and notoriously controversial on-line webzine the Dance Insider. She has also written for Contact Quarterly, the Dance on Camera Journal and The Brooklyn Rail. In November 2004 her short biographical piece on Tatsumi Hijikata (founder of Butoh dance) was translated and published in the St. Petersburg Times during the St. Petersburg Russia International Dance Film Festival.
Writing samples

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