Welcome to our 2011 Master Class Series! All classes are held at the Wealthy Theatre Annex, 1110 Wealthy St Se, Grand Rapids, MI. First up! Int/Adv Contemporary Technique with Guest Artist Steven Iannacone of Hope College Department of Dance. Sunday, January 23rd, 4-5:45pm.
Steven Iannacone, dancer/teacher/choreographer, performed and toured internationally with Nikolais Dance Theater (NYC) and the Phyllis Lamhut Dance Company (NYC). He has also worked with Murray Louis, Louis Falco, George Faison, Talley Beatty and Vinette Carrol and is active as a guest artist and solo performer. He is a Co-Artistic Director and founder of dANCEpROjECt, a resident company at the Knickerbocker theatre in Holland, MI, and also “InTheBody” an international collaborative choreography project based in Europe. He performs, choreographs and tours regularly with both companies and has had his work produced in Belgium, France, Italy, Israel, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Sweden and throughout the USA. His solo “MEAT” was featured at the Festival of Dance and Non-Verbal Communication in Croatia; his solo “Unwritten Letter” was danced at Dance Box in Osaka, Japan; the solo “WHITE” was performed at Town Hall in Tokyo; his “V.I.P.” won 3rd Prize as the “Best Solo in Belgium”; and his solo “Darkness” was presented at EXPO 92 in Seville, Spain. He served as Artistic Advisor to GrossoModo in Queretaro, Mexico and set his “BOLERO” on the company who performed with the Queretaro Philharmonic Orchestra. He has twice been designated the civic honor of “Visitante Distinguido” by the Office of the Mayor of the City of Queretaro for facilitating cultural exchange between Mexico and the USA. He is a frequent guest artist with Next Step Dance in Miami and is a guest artist in residence at “TheRoof” in Duisburg, Germany where he creates and performs in collaboration with Avi Kaiser (Israel) and Sergio Antonino (Italy) working in the European dance theter genre. Together they have produced the full evening “Nightshift” and the site specific “Rheinorange” on the banks of the Rhein River for the Wilhelm Lembruck Museum. Steven has had faculty appointments at Ballet Akademien (Goteborg, Sweden), the Vlaamse Dansacademie (Brugge, Belgium), the Catholic University L.N. (Brussels, Belgium) and the Escuela de la Ballet Folklorico (Mexico City, Mexico). Presently he is an Associate Professor of Dance at Hope College where he has been teaching since 1995. He credits his early training and career with Alwin Nikolais as the foundation for his teaching, performing and creative work. Beyond the principles of Shape, Time, Space, Motion, Nikolais’ philosophy of the “unique genius” and the genderless exploration of abstraction along with his own research of the universal gesture are standards that inspire and inform his work. He is recently returned from NYC where he presented “Desde el Jardin” (danced by Alicia Diaz and Matthew Thornton) to critical praise at the Nikolais Alumni Centennial Concerts at Hunter College.