Christine Bonansea: OnlyHuman – Danspace Project
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Christine Bonansea: OnlyHuman

Photo: Sigel Eschkol

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OnlyHuman is a solo inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche’s aphoristic volume Human, All Too Human. Christine Bonansea investigates the stark contradiction between humankind’s capacity for freedom and beauty against its most destructive and illogical behaviors.

Created in collaboration with the artists Robert Flynt, Yoann Trellu, and Nicole Carroll, this highly kinetic and virtuosic dance is a meditation on bodily images and stereotypes of self in the context of the environment – geography, emotions, social structure.

Concept / Choreography / Performance: Christine Bonansea
Solo performer: Mei Yamanaka
Dancer performers: Alvaro Estado, Maya Orchin, Becca Loevy, Amelia Heintzelman, Ichi Go, Cameron Mckinney,  Charles Gowin, Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal, Malcolm Betts
Original Music Composition / Performance: Nicole Carroll
Lighting Design: Solomon Weisbard
Photography: Robert Flynt
Graphic Programming/ video: Yoann Trellu
Publicity: | Kamila Slawinski & Ivan Talijancic

Christine Bonansea is a US-European dancer and choreographer with 17 years of international experience in conceiving, directing/choreographing and performing movement-based works. She creates performances, installations, and films. She is the Artistic director of Christine Bonansea Company, founded in 2010. Defined by expressive, virtuosic, improvisation-driven movement, her work inhabits an experimental, interdisciplinary, and collaborative environment in which other media – theater, video, visual art and design, spoken word, and music – play an important and integral part. Having studied Modern Literature at Paris’ La Sorbonne, she cites writers and philosophers as major influences.

Bonansea received the french national graduation in contemporary dance and studied dance with such luminaries as Regine Chopinot, Catherine Diverres, Mathilde Monnier, Ralph Lemon, Anna Halprin, Nancy Stark Smith. She’s also an accomplished dance teacher in both professional performative and therapeutic setting.

She collaborated and performed with internationally artists such as, Nita Little, Katie Duck, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Sara Shelton Mann, Faustin Linyekula, Tino Sehgal, Yoshiko Chuma.

In New York City, Bonansea’s work has been presented by Danspace Project, Dixon Place, movement research at the Judson Church, JACK. Her dances have also been developed in art residencies and commissioned by numerous venues and festivals worldwide, including YBCA, ODC Theater, San Francisco International Arts Festival, and The FRESH Festival (San Francisco); Headwater Theater (Portland); Atlantic Center for the Arts (Florida); Earthdance (MA), Artscape (Toronto); Whenever Wherever Festival (Tokyo); The Centre Nationale De la Danse(Paris) and at DOCK11 (Berlin).

Christine Bonansea Company has been supported by funds from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, American Dance Abroad, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Theater Bay Area the LAD-Dancer’s Group, DOCK11 – Berlin (home artist – 2013-2019), the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Creative Engagement / Creative Learning, sponsored by New York Live Arts – NYC.

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