Marie-Christine GiordaNo, Founder, Director, Dancer
Marie-Christine Giordano is known for her hypnotic and magnetic performances. Critics have hailed her for her “admirable intensity” (Jack Anderson, New York Times), “unique aura and communicative power,” and “shining artistry” (Philip Gardner, Oberon’s Grove). Gio Kourlas wrote in the New York Times that she “is clearly a choreographer committed to constructing a personal dance vocabulary.”
Her riveting work has earned her commissions from, for example,Vienna’s International Dance Festival, the city of Fribourg, Switzerland, the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, the Swiss Institute, the Human Company, the Joffrey Summer Intensive and the Museum of the Swiss Abroad Foundation. Ms. Giordano has been the recipient of Swiss scholarships, and the Martha Graham Contemporary Dance School Merit Scholarship, as well as grants from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Brooklyn Arts Council, and was awarded Second Prize from the Concours de la Scène Française.
Giordano grew up in French-speaking Fribourg, Switzerland. In her late teens, she studied ballet with Beatrix Consuelo in Geneva and Marika Besobrasova in Monte Carlo. She came to New York to study at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. After three years, she moved on to the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, where she earned its Professional Trainee Certificate. With the Graham Dance Company, she performed in New York and internationally.
Giordano has created a singular modern dance technique and Giordano Alignment, which she developed and taught at Broadway Dance Center, New Dance Group and Abizaid Arts Studio in Manhattan. In 2001, she moved to Brooklyn, where she began to teach year-round company classes, as well as offering classes to professionals, nonprofessionals and public school children. In 2002, she founded Marie-Christine Giordano Dance (MCGD), which operates on a project-by-project basis. To date, it has presented nine full-evening creations.
In 2011, the Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensives invited her to join its faculty. Lately, she has expanded her teaching activities to giving master classes for international dance institutions. She is also the curator of the MCGD Artists’ Salon series
MARIAH HALKETT, DANCER, OUTREACH PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Mariah is a Brooklyn based dancer originally from rural Maine. In 2014 she graduated magna cum laude from Goucher College with a B.A in Dance, a concentration in Arts Administration and a minor in Art History. There she trained in both classical ballet and modern and performed works by choreographers including Alex Springley and Xan Burley of Median Movement, as well as Gina Patterson. Most recently she has performed works in New York City with Masayo Tomito Ballet, Yaya Sasaki, and Full Force Repertory. This past year she had the pleasure of studying under Enzo Celli in Rome, Italy and performed with Vivo Ballet. As of October 2016 she has been working with Marie-Christine Giordano Dance in NYC.
IRENE PACI, ASSOCIATE PERFORMER, Public School lecture demonstrations Program
IRENE PACI was born in Pistoia, (Italy) and received her early dance training at AXE Dance School and Ballet (Italy), and at Institut de Formation Professionelle de Dance Jazz Rick Odums (Paris). In 2015 Irene moved to NYC and furthered her training at The Ailey School, where she graduated in the Certificate Program. She broadened her training by participating in programs and intensives such as Nederlands Dans Theater Summer Intensive, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance Forsythe Improvisional Techniques Program, Henny Jurriëns Stichting Amsterdam Summer Intensive and Les Étés de la Danse Paris Festival. While in the US, Irene has performed works by artists such as Darshan Bhuller, Alessio Silvestrin, Alex Ketley, Alvin Ailey, Earl Mosley, Brice Mousset, Darrell Moultrie, Amy Hall. She is a member of Cross Move Lab Dance Company and, as a guest artist, she performed with Albano Ballet Company of America, Gwen Rokotovao Dance Company, and the multi-disciplinary group Artists By Any Other Name.
Sam Irwin, sound and composition Collaborator
Sam Irwin is a composer, sound designer, visual artist and performer from Queens, New York. He creates his own digital instruments to compose music. Sam is a graduate from Bennington College and has previously worked at Beta Pictures, the Martha Graham company, and MoMA PS1.