De Funes Dance
De Funes Dance is dedicated to researching the intersection of dialogue and movement in contemporary dance. Funes’ choreography is a rich tapestry of nuance and expansivity, and always works to communicate its conceptual framework. Whether it is sourced from literary texts, conversations between his artists, or musical scores, language forms the foundation of Funes’ choreography.
Funes treats his choreography as perpetual process--one in which his artists are equal collaborators. His rehearsals are centered on discussion and intellectual debate. The resulting choreography is purposeful and imbued with intent. Unwilling to accept a singular style or moniker, Funes’ choreography is a constant surprise. His interest in research and mutability is matched by his attention to pacing and arc, creating works that are not only challenging, but entertaining, as well.
De Funes Dance is not a passive experience for audiences. The work may draw the viewer in or keep them at an emotional distance, but it will always be memorable.
Diego Funes has choreographed all over the world, including London, Italy, Spain, France, Sweden, Norway, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala and throughout the United States, including New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, St. Louis, Kansas City, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. His credits as a dancer and choreographer include major works in dance theatre, musical theatre, film and television.
Over 15 years, he has created a style influenced by his ballet, gymnastics and worldwide dancing career, creating kinetic, exciting and unconventional solo and group pieces that challenge and inspire his dancers.
His company, De Funes Dance, explores the intersection of dialogue and movement in contemporary dance. Funes’ choreography is a rich tapestry of nuance and expansivity and always communicates its conceptual framework. Whether sourced from literary texts, conversations with his artists, or musical scores, language forms the foundation of his choreography.
His company has performed throughout New York City, including Battery Dance Festival, DUMBO Dance Festival, Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, Symphony Space, Judson Memorial Church, Sans Limites, Dixon Place, Joyce Soho, Salvatore Capezio Theatre and Galapagos Arts Center, among others.
In 2018, his full-length evening, Interior Dialogues, including two world premiere pieces, Fragments and V., played a sold-out engagement at the Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center in Brooklyn. His acclaimed work, Crisálida, set to music by Astor Piazzolla, has also been staged throughout the world.
His debut short film, Rendez-vous, which he choreographed and directed on location in Paris, has been featured in over 30 international film festivals, and has won awards in Spain, India and Brazil. His follow-up short film ABSENCE has been seen in 12 international film festivals and has won three awards. Un-fazed, a solo work in progress, was commissioned by the Sanskar Virtual Dance Festival in Goa, India, where it was critically acclaimed. It is now being developed into an expanded work for six dancers. He co-created and directed a dance theatre work for online platforms, First in Half, then in Quarters, that was presented by Mixily Presents: Beyond the Frame - New Plays for Zoom and ArtSpaß.
In 2007, he choreographed the major motion picture, P.S. I Love You, directed by Richard LaGravenese and starring Gerard Butler and Academy Award-winner Hilary Swank.
He trained in gymnastics from the age of four. As a teenager, he studied at the prestigious School of American Ballet, prior to dancing with Cincinnati Ballet, The New York City Opera, The Metropolitan Opera, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and Baletto del Sud. He went on tour throughout Europe, later returning to the United States to break into musical theatre. His musical credits as a dancer include Cats, Hello, Dolly!, Riverdance, Anything Goes, A Chorus Line and The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular. He also danced in numerous videos for MTV and with headlining music artists such as Liza Minnelli, Whitney Houston and Will Smith.
He most recently provided movement staging for actor and musician Hershey Felder’s US tour of A Paris Love Story. He has choreographed acclaimed productions of Beauty and the Beast, Hello, Dolly!, And the World Goes Round, Zorba!, Leader of the Pack, the first New York revival of Subways Are for Sleeping, and shows for Tokyo Disney.
Diego lives in New York City, where he is the founder and artistic director of de funes dance, and the Youth Ensemble Director at Peridance Center.
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Yazmin Damoli Pedercini
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Diego's contemporary class is an exploration of movement and dynamics from start to finish. Beginning with a comprehensive warm up structured to engage the student in the space and explore vocabulary, the class then transitions to a movement phrase that pushes students to have a conversation with each other and themselves. Diego's creative use of space, time and dynamics along with his welcoming personality ensures that all students leave the class feeling whole.
This active and deep stretch class is excellent for gaining flexibility and body alignment. Through a series of interacting exercises, students will focus on lengthening the hip flexors, spine and hamstrings to develop healthy body awareness. This class also focuses on the importance of breathing, relaxation and the relation between mind and body.
Tuesday 1:30-2:30pm Wednesday 2:30-3:30pm Friday 12:00-1:00pm
Peridance Capezio Center
126 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003
130 W 56th St #6, New York, NY 10019