Title: Dancer, Choreographer, Laban Movement Analyst, Dance Educator and Researcher
Company: Overtime Dance Foundation
Location: New York, New York, United States
Cecilia Fontanesi, PhD, Dancer and Choreographer at the Overtime Dance Foundation, Laban Movement Analyst, and Dance Educator and Researcher, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements and leadership in dancing.
With 20 years of professional experience, in 2019, Fontanesi started to receive support from the Overtime Dance Foundation, founded by Cathy Appel, to develop dance performance and research projects on the relationship between dancers, inhabited spaces and outdoors sites. The same year, Fontanesi was invited to perform for Fly-by-Night Dance Theater, with artistic director Julie Ludwick, presenting an aerial adaptation of the opera “Apollo and Dafne” through an innovative somatic aerial technique.
Since 2018, she has been teaching as core faculty at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS, New York) carrying on the legacy of Rudolf Laban, the father of European modern dance. Fontanesi taught Laban movement analysis to international groups of students from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, South Arabia, Singapore, Malesia, China, South Korea and New Zealand. Since 2017, she has been serving as artistic associate director for the IDACO Festival (Italian Dance Connection), which selects the latest dance work produced by Italian artists who live and work between Italy and the United States. With the IDACO Festival, Fontanesi is creating opportunities for Italian dance companies and choreographers to present live performances and dance films in New York City, connecting them with an expanded artistic network.
Between 2015 and 2018, Fontanesi collaborated with choreographer and director Jody Oberfelder in the development of the short film “Dance of the Neurons,” selected by the Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center, and the performance “The Brain Piece,” premiered in 2017 at New York Live Arts, as dancer, performer and neuroscience consultant. In 2015, Fontanesi co-founded the dance collective Parcon NYC with which she created and performed 12 original dance productions, site-specific performances, flash mobs and community engagement events. With Parcon NYC, Fontanesi has been producing work that challenges conformity and pedestrian movement through dance investigation and performance, reflecting on our connection to the environment and social relationships.
In parallel to her primary roles as dancer and choreographer, since 2016, Fontanesi has been a dance researcher in the field of dance science, investigating the biological dimensions of dance, and the intelligence and knowledge that emerge from dancing. Fontanesi’s doctoral dissertation explores the interplay between beauty, emotion and dancing in people with Parkinson’s disease. She is eager to apply her neuroscience PhD in the field of dance and movement performance, education and therapy to foster awareness of and an appreciation for the art of dance and the benefits of accessible movement throughout the life cycle.
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