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Interview with the Artist: Diane Germaine

Photo for Diane Germaine's ACF 2015 piece titled "Fallout"

Fallout, Photography: John Burgess

How do you feel the Cincinnati area has played a role in your creative process?

The only impact Cincinnati has had on my creative process for “Fallout” was the inability to engage some dancers for roles initially in the concept, so consequently the concept had to change.  I truly feel my native city (NYC) and my background has much more to do with my creative process, always has, and likely will continue to feed the neurons whether we are talking about choreography or writing.

What do you feel is the most unique element to your piece?

The most unique element to “Fallout” (Part 1-Gravity/Oxygen) maybe the design in space of the two emissaries in their other worldly costumes: how they move on the perimeter of space in slow motion until they meet, and then engage in real time; in Part 2 (Earth/Water) the most unique may be the juxtaposition of Eve’s innocence with her resourcefulness and all too human need to find something greater than herself to make life meaningful.

What or who are the biggest influences for you on this piece?

My influences are the dancers and what they bring that ultimately color the piece and make it more than what I initially bring; too, the anxiety of what comes when there is no more Earth as we know it currently is an influence; also our successes and failures as human beings with ourselves and with each other, currently and in the future, will always be a concern I grapple with in a work.

If you could describe your piece with three words what would they be?

Emissaries/Mayhem/Eve

Click here to watch a preview of the Fallout solo

About Diane Germaine

Diane Germaine, – independent Choreographer/Master-Instructor – has received grants from NEA, City of Cincinnati, and Ohio Arts Council. Described by Cincinnati Enquirer as “One of 8 to watch…,” and by the NYTimes “a superstar modern dancer,” “…boneless as a shadow and in control of every kinetic nuance,” she is originally from NYC trained by members of the Graham Company and at Joffrey’s. She graduated with honors from NYC’s Performing Arts High School, was Principal Soloist of the Paul Sanasardo Dance Company receiving critical acclaim for Fatal Birds, Cut Flowers, Pictures In Our House, Metallics, The Path, Shadows, and as Anne Sexton in A Consort for Dancers. She was Artistic Director of Diane Germaine & Dancers. Signature works: Playground, Nighthawks, Didi-a Life, Fated Tango, Monologue and Little Deaths, Dos Gallos y una Dulzura, Aperture, Green Girl, The Empty Room, Get It While You Can. Guest Instructor for Bat-Dor, Batsheva); London Contemporary at The Place, Norsk Opera Ballet, Skidmore College, American University, North Carolina School of the Arts, U of IL-Urbana. Germaine – a writer of poetry, fiction, skits and plays – is published in Chronogram Magazine, SOS Art annuals, OhioDance Newsletter, Cincinnati Writer’s Project anthology, and has read at Women Writing for a Change, Wise Women events, Joseph Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati Library, and staged a reading of her play “Not Yet” for The Salon.  Germaine – also a photographer – has had work in shows at Kennedy Heights Arts Center, and in video projections for dance and literary events. 

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