Cecilia Fontanesi - Parcon NYC
Cecilia Fontanesi is a dancer, certified movement analyst, neuroscientist, and dance/movement therapist. She graduated from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, LIMS (New York) in 2011, and is currently a PhD candidate at CUNY, The Graduate Center.
In New York, she performed at Lincoln Center, New York Live Arts, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, Sheen Center, Chez Bushwick Studio, Chashama, and Greenspace.
In 2015, she co-founded Parcon NYC, a collective of dancers and movers dedicated to challenging our connection to the environment and social relationships, through play, movement, touch, and reflection.
Parcon draws from both Contact Improvisation and Parkour. Parcon has been practiced and performed in public spaces that anyone can have access to, including Washington Square Park, Thomas Jefferson Park, Long Island City waterfront, and Hudson River Park, among others. As a collective Parcon NYC is committed to engaging people across genders, ethnicities, ages, and abilities.
Parcon's short film “Subway stops” (2016) was screened at IDACO 2016, at Film festival "MOVIMENTI di MACCHINA" in collaboration with the Festival de Videodanse de Bourgogne and Future Mell, at the Contact Dance International Film Festival 2017 in Toronto where it was awarded the Silver Award, and at the TWENTYEIGHTHSEPTEMBER Screen Dance Meeting in London, as part of the [SET.mefree] Official Selection 2017.
by Dean Beckwith, Cecilia Fontanesi, Javaka Steptoe, and Andrew Suseno
A playful new movement form emerging from the intersections between Parkour and Contact Improvisation.
New Yorkers in the Contact and Parkour scenes began investigating in East Harlem, New York, in 2015 via Movement Creative, an organization dedicated to Parkour, movement education, and playground design.
Parkour is a movement discipline in which practitioners find challenges in their physical environment and work to overcome these obstacles by running, jumping, climbing, vaulting, swinging, and rolling. The practice was developed in France as a practical way to physically prepare for any situation. Many current practitioners use it as a means of selfexploration/ expression.
Parcon is a rapidly evolving movement modality that asks its practitioners to treat the environment as a dance partner. It’s a way of thinking/feeling/moving/growing/exploring the dynamic worlds around us.
Parcon may be performed by one person but is usually done with two or more dancers, who become components of one another’s environment. Distinctions of subject/object dissolve as practitioners become both environment and dancer. From this perspective, even the floor becomes something not to be danced on but danced with.
Parcon has become our passion, and we hope you too will be hooked once you try it out. Below are videos of some ideas we’d like to share.
We encourage you to watch, ponder, and play! Please see further developments of the form at ParconHub.com.