Freespace Dance

Address

P.O. Box 43657
Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
County: Essex
www.freespacedance.com

Contact

Ms. Donna Scro Gentile

Grant Amount

$15,000

Program Area

Arts

Focus

Grant Details

For general operating support of Freespace Dance's repertory and touring season, and in-school educational programs.

Organization Background

Freespace is a modern dance company noted for emotionally driven work in a bold athletic signature style based on controlled abandonment and pushing the limits of inventive partnering. It was incorporated as a non-profit in the State of New Jersey in 2004 as a welcoming forum for collaboration in the creation of and education in modern dance. Its philosophy is that the art form of dance speaks beyond the capacity of verbal language to people of all ages and backgrounds, and that dance can be rediscovered through collaboration with artists working in other media. These collaborations are deep, including discussion at every stage of the artistic process from conception to rehearsal through performance to achieve a common vision. Freespace brings a young and fearless, yet humanistic voice to New Jersey's modern dance community.

Freespace is dedicated to performing the works of Artistic Director, Donna Scro, which the Star Ledger noted for containing, 'a recognizable human element [that] surfaces wordlessly and goes straight to the heart.' In response to her most recent work, 'One. Constant. Change' Nicholas Birns of Dance Insider noted, ' Donna Scro has the ability to think and feel at the same time - rare for any artist.' In 2008 she received a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship for her outstanding choreography. A former principal dancer with the Nikolais/Louis Dance Company and a founding member of Sean Curran Company, Scro's work seeks to reveal deeply rooted human connections that may not be readily apparent.

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