Bianca Falco / Labilab Donate to this artist
Please, Donate, no donation is too small!!! GRAZIE!!!
We need your support for our upcoming performances and for my new project! We ask that you consider lending your financial support with the understanding that no donation is too small and all donations are tax-deductible for U.S. residents.
I am very excited about the project I am co-directing since 2019: passTRESpass. Your generous charitable donation will make a difference in the lives of the many immigrants suffering racism and displacement.
About passTRESpass: I am working with Despina Stamos, the founder of the project who has been dedicating her efforts since 10 years to make a difference in the midst of the refugee crisis.
Athens has been the main location: As the gateway to Europe, Greece has seen an exponential increase in refugees in the past ten years. With inadequate infrastructure and a faltering economy, the country is ill equipped for the thousands of asylum seekers flooding its borders. In addition, many refugees carry complex traumas from their home countries, and suffer from a poor standard of living in Greece, where they face racism and hostility.
passTRESpass addresses these issues through an annual four week movement workshop for refugees culminating in a performance. Since 2007, the workshop bridges cultural divides and promotes understanding, while providing refugees with the means to transform their experiences through healing somatic practices such as yoga, dance improvisation, and Theater of the Oppressed exercises.
One important part of the project is that we give a performance pay to our wonderful cast of performers. In doing so the refugees are being valued for their time, input and creativity.
For 2020 Despina and myself are bringing the project to Athens, Greece in September and to Napoli, Italy at the end of March.
Napoli is another crucial immigrant center. After landing in Sicily lots of immigrants arrive in Campania hoping for a job and paperwork. They are still marginalized and our efforts will hopefully help their integration.
Your generosity will give us the necessary funds to provide a safe environment and an empowering performance platform for a diverse group of refugees struggling with displacement, discrimination, and past traumas.
ABOUT BIANCA FALCO/LABILAB
Bianca Falco is a dancer, choreographer, dance and Pilates teacher and musician born in Napoli, Italy. She speaks Italian, English and Spanish.
Bianca is a melting pot. She was a ballet soloist, a Butoh dancer, she danced for Murray Louis in Italy and came to NY on scholarship at the Nikolais and Louis dance Lab. Bianca was "adopted" by Ellen Stewart, La Mama E.T.C. There she was exposed to experimental and classical theater and created movement for actors and regular people. She was an aerial performer. Her long association with La MaMa includes choreography for several productions, "Intermezzo" (La MaMa Moves), "Apnea" (La MaMa NYC), and "Easy" (Spoleto Festival, Italy). Early 2000's I directed a dance company, NuVoLe DT. Bianca works as a choreographer and movement director for film, theater and video. The short film "ALEX", which won Best Fiction Film at the Directors Guild of America in 2011. In 2017 La MaMa E.T. C. produced her project “Terra dei Fuochi / Land of Fires”. The project was granted a residency by Chashama. Same year she was a teaching artist in India and was invited by Danny Tan' to dance in Singapore. In 2018 she toured Italy, performed at Performance is Alive (Art Basel) in Miami. Bianca is a part of The Modern Dance Awareness Society since almost two decades and will co-direct in September 2019, PassTresspass a dance-theater project in collaboration with refugees in Athens, Greece.
She is from Napoli, one of the most creative, and sometimes, challenging cities in the world. Through dance, she learned that she could transcend difficulties through translating it into modern dance. She hopes to lead everyone to a different perception, a different place, where limitations are beautiful and a key for people to get together and find solutions to social issues as well as personal ones.