2019

Fissure

Premiered at The Mark O'Donnell Theater at The Actors Fund Arts Center

Fissure is about trying to find who you are. As the walls in your brain shatter, one part of your personality remains to dominate the rest.

Choreography: Sean Scantlebury


Music: Armand Amar, Chanting Monks, Se Tew


Dancers: Shanise Dews, Eilish Henderson, Hannah McClean, Cecly Placenti

Veils of a spiraling Demise

Premiered at Green Space 

Veils of a Spiraling Demise explores ideas of fear, aggression, anxiety, apathy and the false
panacea of distraction as it relates to today’s social climate. Performers, shrouded by thin veils of complacency, separate themselves from the world around them in an attempt at safety and protection. But when they remove those veils, what do they see? And how will they respond?

Choreography: Cecly Placenti with the dancers


Music: Armand Amar, Kevin Keller, Jon Hopkins


Text: Written by the dancers


Dancers: Shanise Dews, Eilish Henderson, Sarah Lapinsky, Hanna McClean, Cecly Placenti, Jillian
Sawyer

2018

Balancing Abstract

Premiered at The Mark O'Donnell Theater at The Actors Fund Arts Center

Balancing Abstract manifests into motion the brush strokes and vibrant colors of an oil on
canvas, painted by Michael Placenti. Distilling movements from images, and attaching paint
brushes to body parts, this piece both deconstructs the painting and recreates it in a new form.

Choreography: Cecly Placenti with the dancers


Music: Michael Gordon


Artwork: Michael Placenti


Dancers: Kristen Klein, Chris Makens, Cecly Placenti, Diane Skerbec, Emily Relyea-Spivack,
Rachel Russell

2017

Infinite Reflection

Premiered at The Mark O'Donnell Theater at The Actors Fund Arts Center

Explores what it means to reflect- the return of light waves from a surface, an effect produced by an influence, the production of an image as if by an infinity of mirrors. 

Wordless Chorus

Premiered at City Center Studios

A light, humorous movement conversation between two distinctly different personalities. 

2016

Premiered at Ailey City Group Theater

In your Light

In your Light is inspired by and based on the poetry of Rumi. Through the creation of a movement alphabet which we then assigned to the letters and phrases of the poems, the dancers express both the written word and the emotions behind those words, in physical form. 

Choreography: Cecly Placenti


Music: Ludovico Einaudi; XPURM; The Album Leaf; Alexandra Streliski


Voiceover: Dawn Jenkin 

2014

Actions Leave Traces

Premiered at Speyer Hall at University Settlement

Actions Leave Traces is about the mental constraints and obsessive trappings of an addictive relationship. Actions journeys through compulsion, being stuck in a repetitive thought or action pattern, a climax of that obsession, and a resolution, leaving the audience to decide whether or not that obsessive pattern is truly complete.

Choreography: Cecly Placenti in collaboration with the dancers


Music: Enigma; Craig Armstrong 

2012

They Dance Alone

Premiered at Speyer Hall at University Settlement

They Dance Alone is inspired by the silent protest of Chilean women during Pinochet's regime. These women, having lost husbands, children, brothers and friends, and fearing for their own safety, protested genocide in their country by dancing the Cueca, the national dance of Chile, outside government buildings with photos of their loved ones pinned inside their clothing.

Choreography: Cecly Placenti in collaboration with the dancers


Music: Sting

2011

Michael In Motion

Premiered at Merce Cunningham Studios

"Michael In Motion is a conversation between artists, between artistic mediums and cultures. Honoring the personal, individual response to any work of art, MIM takes the reactions of 6 dancers to 10 of Mr. Placenti’s paintings and crafts these kinetic responses into a new piece of art symbiotically related to the original paintings."

Choreography: Cecly Placenti in collaboration with the dancers


Music: Jeffrey Izzo, Vitamin String Quartet, Laurie Anderson


Art Work: Michael Placenti

Costumes: Carole Placenti

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