Artist Spotlight No. 8: Monteleone Dance Collective

Know first about Joe Monteleone, director and choreographer of Monteleone Dance Collective, and No. 8 of 13 presented artists during Volume V, Issue II. Inspired by artists working within multiple disciplines, Joe constructs a movement dialogue that confronts issues with the human condition. Learn more about Joe on our Artist Spotlight. 

MONTELEONE DANCE COLLECTIVE

Three words that describe your choreography: 
Machine. Zeitgeist. Anomalous.

About Joe
Joe Monteleone is a New York based multimedia dance artist, with a BFA in Dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. As director of Monteleone Dance Collective, his work has been presented at Dixon Place’s Moving Men series, NYC10, Norwood Club, The Chocolate Factory, Your Move Dance Festival, Amalgamate Artist Series, Boston University with Reverb Dance's Echoes Tour, Peridance APAP Showcase, and Triskelion Arts’ Comedy in Dance Festival, among others; live installation work has been presented at Alpha Art Gallery. As a DJ, he has mixed music for choreographers Doug Elkins, Randy James, Tiffany Mills, NivOren, and Paulette Sears.

About Joe's Creative Process
With a high focus on form, I construct detailed idiosyncratic movement dialogues. I am an advocate for investigation in the body, for the function of overriding conventional (and often regurgitated) movement vocabulary, as well as for exploration itself. My current practice confronts the issues and variation found in the human condition by clarifying the network of this generation's technological ubiquity.

Do you work in other mediums other than dance? Any other special talents?
In addition to dance, I am a classically trained pianist, composer, and DJ. I also read tarot cards.

What artists are you influenced by? Why so?
Recently, Terence Koh has been a major inspiration to me, as I am in awe of how he has beclouded the line between and has integrated his lifestyle and art. I am also influenced by Sidra Bell, as her movement vocabulary further inspires my affinity for form. I find the work of David Firth poignantly striking in the best of ways. Also, Chris Burden was the man! May he rest in peace.

We’re all physical beings! What’s your favorite part of the body and why?
The fingers, hands, and arms; I find them to be the most malleable of skeletal body parts, with infinite possibility for creating shape. My Italian heritage gets me talking with my hands, and I'd like to think that's where a lot my gestural movement comes from.

Say what you want to say! Have a quote you live by?
“As above so below”

Photo: Andrew Ribner

Photo: Andrew Ribner

See more of Monteleone Dance Collective's work here.

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See Monteleone Dance Collective present "MK Ultra Episode 2" in Volume V, Issue II., on Saturday, August 22nd at 7:30pm + Sunday, August 23rd at 7pm.

Volume V, Issue II. is happening August 21-23, 2015 at the wild project.
See the full schedule and get tickets here.