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Congratulations to Trina Mannino on a successful grant application! 

The following is her grant proposal:

Like many kids growing up, I was often told, "one day you'll understand," and to "run along now," when I asked questions that adults didn't want to answer. To fill in the gaps, I would often make strange character studies culling from my observations of the world and people around me. 

Today, memories of quotidian moments, body language and everyday gesture tone my dances. Since embarking on choreography in 2013, my dances have been shared at Arc Pasadena in CA, Center for Performance Research in NY, The Detroit City Dance Festival at the Detroit Institute of Art, The Estrogenius Festival at the Kraine Theater in NY, Pieter in CA, and Triskelion Arts in NY, among others. I am a 2018 Brooklyn Arts Council Grant Recipient.

I work at the edge of storytelling and abstraction. I'm influenced by Elena Ferrante, Jeanine Durning, Ann Hamilton, Joanna Kotze, Sister Corita Kent, and Maggie Nelson. During my time in the studio, I refer to these artists and their ideas as points of reference while asking myself: How can I be informed by them while pushing beyond what is known?

Currently, I'm exploring integrating fiber arts in my choreography and working with female dancers of different ages. I'm attracted to integrating fiber arts in my practice because, like dance, it's a temporal practice that involves rituals of the body. Yet, fiber arts can live beyond the process while dance begins to dissipate once the movement has ceased. 

The grant will be part of fiber artist Sarah Finkle's ( fee to create a knitted/braided installation. It will be the focal point in "Ghost Duet: A Dance and Knitting Installation" which will headline 4 performances in Triskelion Arts' Collaborations in Dance Festival in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, September 13-16, 2018. The multigenerational female knitters and dancers cast will weave knitted skeins through the installation and interact with it. 

I'm interested in incorporating knitting in choreography, because it's a practice that's associated with domesticity and family: Grandmothers teach their granddaughters to knit; A group of women can be found sitting in a circle – needles in hand – in a church basement; an expectant mother sits with an unfinished blanket across her lap. I want to bring this practice out of the private space and into performance to illustrate the beauty of this form.

Integrity: Arts & Culture Association is honored to support Trina Mannino's project and we wish her the best in all of her future artistic endeavors!

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This one-minute video is a behind-the-scenes look of a recent residency of "Ghost Women." In it, you'll learn of my collaboration with lead dancer Misa Kelly (3 other female dancers and 2 knitters have since been cast in the piece); the themes we're exploring (being see and unseen as women in our culture, intergenerational relationships, negating ageism); and you'll see knitted bags that the dancers will perform in for a small part of the work (the bags are a different textile component from Sarah Finkle's large installation).
© Greenpoint Photo Shoot, 2015, Photo by Alison Domzalski
This is a sample of Sarah Finkle's large-scale fiber work. This sample was on view at Sotheby's Institute in New York City in December 2017. It is related to the current work, because it demonstrates the braiding and weaving techniques Sarah will use in our piece. It also conveys a similar environment that we're aiming in Ghost Women.
Photo Copyright © Sarah Finkle
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