from "Wonder Girl", Tokyo, Japan Nov 2004,
photo source unknown
photo still from "Secret Streams"
Green Street Studios, Cambridge MA
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
a performance lab creating new works of contemporary dance based in
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
1999 to melt boundaries between their respective mediums. Kinodance
local Somerville dancer/choreographer Ingrid Schatz and
designer Kathy Couch. Their current evening length project "Denizen" is
for a Boston and NY premier in the Fall of 2006 to be produced by
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
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.