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Nicole Mannarino. Photo: Al Foote III; Taylor Stanley. Photo: Gioncarlo Valentine. ms. z tye. Photo: Sara Lorusso.

DraftWork: Nicole Mannarino + Taylor Stanley + ms. z tye

Saturday, September 23 | 3PM

Danspace Project’s DraftWork series hosts free, informal showings of new works in varying stages of development.

Showings are followed by a reception, conversation, and Q&A between the artists and DraftWork curator, Ishmael Houston-Jones.


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Nicole Mannarino is a choreographer, performer, and holistic fitness coach based in New York City. She has presented her collaborative work at The Jam Handy (Detroit, Michigan), The Invisible Dog Art Center (NYC), and Lincoln Center’s Hearst Plaza for REUNIONS, curated by Kyle Abraham (NYC). She produced her first and second choreographic works at Central Park, Squibb Park, Washington Hall Park, and Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 (NYC). Her latest in-process work, -The Dance-, was presented by Movement Research at the Judson Church in April 2023. Nicole received a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” award for her performance in Sarah Michelson’s Devotion Study #1—The American Dancer, honored with the Bucksbaum Award at the 2012 Whitney Biennial. Nicole also received a “Full Production Bessie” award for Kyle Abraham’s The Radio Show in 2010. Through her work with Kyle Abraham, Moriah Evans, Beth Gill, Juliana F. May, Sarah Michelson, and others, she has performed at The Chocolate Factory, Danspace Project, The Kitchen, MOMA, MOMA PS1, On the Boards, PS122, PICA, The Walker Arts Center, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Yale Union; and internationally at Rockbund Museum (Shanghai, China) and Dance Umbrella (London, United Kingdom).

Taylor Stanley was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and began their dance training at the age of three at The Rock School in Pennsylvania. They attended summer programs at Miami City Ballet in 2006 and 2007 and at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, during the summer of 2008 before enrolling full-time at SAB in the fall of that same year. In September 2009, Taylor became an Apprentice with New York City Ballet, and joined the Company as a member of the Corps de Ballet in September 2010. They were promoted to Soloist in February 2013 and to Principal Dancer in May 2016. Taylor received the Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise in 2009 and was the 2011-2012 recipient of the Janice Levin Award. Since joining New York City Ballet, Taylor has originated roles in multiple works by Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, and Christopher Wheeldon, along with having danced featured roles in classic works by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. Outside of the company, Taylor has danced with New York City Ballet Soloist Troy Schumacher’s BalletCollective, and has collaborated with various choreographers including Jodi Melnick, Andrea Miller, Kyle Abraham, Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa, Liz Gerring, Pam Tanowitz, Kim Brandstrup, Christopher Williams, Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Reiner, and Omar Roman de Jesus. Nurturing their own movement interests outside of the classical realm, Taylor has participated in workshops with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Nederlands Dans Theater, and Batsheva Dance Company. They received a Bessie Award for “Outstanding Performance” in Kyle Abraham’s The Runaway choreographed at New York City Ballet, and have performed in several works as a guest artist with Andrea Miller’s company GALLIM. In July 2022, Taylor performed in an evening-length program of their own curation titled Dichotomous Being: An Evening of Taylor Stanley as part of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s 90th anniversary season. Taylor currently serves on the SAB Alumni Advisory Committee on Diversity & Inclusion. They have also been a guest teaching artist at various dance schools nationwide including The Rock School in Philadelphia, PA, Coupe Dance Theatre in Nanuet, NY, Willow Dance Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, and Neighborhood Ballet in Atlanta, GA.

ms. z tye is a Brooklyn based artist who explores concepts through ancestral praise. She is intrigued with somatic relations and how they associate with emotional connectivity. These works are intended to serve as queer offerings to LGBTQIA-BIPOC communities. ms. z continues to research the kinesthetic body with instinctual energy to fulfill her curiosity. She has been included in exhibitions with Bronx Museum of Arts, Volta/Armory Art Fair, The Living Gallery, Long Gallery Harlem, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, Postmasters Gallery, Fridman Gallery, Art in Buildings, and Participant INC. Choreographic work has been commissioned by The Shed, BMW, BOFFO, Lotto Royale, Papi Juice, Jack, Gibney, Movement Research, and Dance Canvas ATL.

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