What Moves You? @ Joe Monteleone

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Joe Monteleone: Dancer/Choreographer
New York, NY

What Moves You?
“Invention.
Transcendental experiences.
Work, time and effort.
But mostly, obsession.

At this point in my career, movement invention is the most important thing to me.  With available space, I easily spend 2-4 hours a day in the studio working, refining.  I call these “studio binges”.  I get a kick out of them! And then I feel useful.

I also like when art can absolutely melt away all my understanding, delivering me to a nervous ecstatic realm of awe, bliss, inspiration, and wonder.  This specific ineffable feeling happened only 4 times in viewing performance, but often happens in the studio for me.  This is a huge motivator, but words don’t do it justice.

I also work a lot with researching movement through different psychosomatic lenses.  Play and experimentation, which I think are emanations of love and curiosity, move me the most when working with my company and other groups.  Creating saturated cerebral atmospheres to explore is very important to me, and transcends the mere function of dance as a performative medium.  My method, which lately I have been calling “Liquid Fragile Perishable”, is a practice that goes beyond any one purpose.  Sometimes I imagine primitive human beings, cavemen I guess, and how their spirituality, lifestyle, ritual, survival, were all one cohesive and beautiful stream of experience, void of conventional designation and discrimination. I like to think I access this freedom sometimes in durational movement research .

The last thing that really moves me is my obsession, specifically with concepts, patterns, and recurrent archetypes with the human experience.  For example, I’m still very obsessed with Squares, both visually and because of its multi-valency as a symbol.  I’m also quite obsessed with containers right now, both literal and figurative, and so that insatiable curiosity drives my inquiries in movement and contemplation.”

 Fishnet Photo Credit: Andy Ribner Photography

Joe Monteleone is a New York based solo dance artist and Artistic Director of Monteleone Dance who juxtaposes highly intricate movement languages with multimedia performance. His solo work has been presented at the Inception to Exhibition Festival, APAP, Center for Performance Research, New York Live Arts, Dixon Place, the Norwood Club, the Chocolate Factory, and Williamsburg Movement and Arts Center, amongst numerous platforms.  Joe won the Audience Favorite Award at NYC10 in 2015 for his solo work “Defense Mechanism”, and was voted favorite choreographer at The Intimate Series.  As the director of Monteleone Dance, his company work has been presented at the Dance Gallery Festival, APAP, The Wassaic Project, The Current Sessions, Boston University, Rutgers University, Baruch Performing Arts Center (Reverb Dance Festival), Dixon Place, the Norwood Club, Your Move Dance Festival, the Amalgamate Artist Series, Green Space, Triskelion Arts Split Bill Series, Comedy in Dance Festival, and Dumbo Dance Festival, among numerous other showcases throughout the NYC area.  The Moving Beauty Series quoted him as a “dazzlingly oddball choreographer” and “the Andy Warhol of modern dance”. His live installation work has been presented at the Alpha Art Gallery (New Jersey) and the Infinito Gallery (NYC).   Residencies include two Solo Commissions by The Moving Beauty Series (Brooklyn), the coLAB Arts residency, and Arts and Education (New Jersey).  Joe recently toured through Spain as a Guest Artist with International BPM creating new works for numerous institutions including the Institute of the Arts Barcelona, as well as choreographing for and performing in the Bailar al Sol Festival. Joe has taught and lectured at Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers), Raritan Valley Community College, PMT Dance Studio (NYC) and DancePlus Little Silver.

His is the creator of “Apophenian Phrasing”, an intricate and unprecedented movement language that exploits the human tendency to decipher and superimpose patterns on visual data.  His philosophy, “Liquid Fragile Perishable”, is both a pedagogical practice and series of non-curated works that dissolve literal and figurative containers and separation.

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