Core Artists


Alissa Cardone, choreography

Alissa Cardone is an interdisciplinary movement artist. She has performed, taught and toured nationally and internationally in Russia, Armenia, Belgium, France and Japan where trainings with Min Tanaka (Body Weather Farm), and research & performance engagements with 'Nijinski of Butoh' Akira Kasai were galvanizing. A core member of Paula Josa-Jones/Performance Works (1998-2003), she has worked with Ann Carlson, Elaine Summers, Yoshito Ohno, Nora Chipaumire, and others. Her dance making, curating and mentorship initiatives have garnered support from institutions including Asian Cultural Council, the LEF Foundation, Open Society Institute and New England Foundation for the Arts. She holds an MFA from UCLA's Department of World Arts & Cultures, and is recipient of the Elaine Krown-Klein Fine Arts Scholarship and the Evelyn and Mo Ostin Performing Arts Award (2009-10).

Alla Kovgan, film

Alla Kovgan is a New York-based filmmaker, born in Moscow (Russia). Her films and films that she co-directed have been presented worldwide including at the Sundance, Rotterdam, Toronto, Melbourne, Durban, Oberhausen, Clemont-Ferrand, MOMA, Louvre, Centre Pompidou, PBS (US), ZDF (Germany) and numerous others. Alla's most recent film NORA (2008), her collaboration with the British filmmaker David Hinton, is an art film – a poetic biography of the Zimbabwean choreographer Nora Chipaumire. NORA has been an official selection of over 80 festivals, received 23 awards and will be broadcast on PBS in 2010. The two latest documentaries, which Alla co-directed and edited, an Emmy-nominated "Traces of the Trade" (2007) and “My perestroika” (2009) premiered at Sundance and on P.O.V. (PBS). Since 1999, Alla has been involved into interdisciplinary collaborations – creating intermedia performances (with KINODANCE Company), dance films and documentaries about dance such as “Movement (R)evolution Africa” (with Joan Frosch). Alla's projects have been supported by Open Society Institute, LEF Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Bank of America Celebrity Series, among others. Since 2000, she has taught and curated dance film and avant-garde cinema worldwide as the Programmer of St. Petersburg Dance Film Festival KINODANCE (Russia) and as a co-Curator of Balagan Film Series (Boston). In 2009, Alla was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship and a Brother Thomas Fellowship for artists working at a high level of excellence and creativity.

Dedalus Wainwright, design

Dedalus Wainwright is a visual artist working in sculpture, set design, and multimedia collaborations in the realms of installation, public art, performance, dance, film and theatre. In addition to being a full-time set designer for Kinodance company, Dedalus' recent projects include: master-minding and participating in the art expedition with the New England Expeditionary Alliance (2008 Bumpkin Island Artist residency in Boston Harbor); collaborating with Kathy Couch on a kinetic set design for restaging Trisha Brown’s “Set/Reset/Reset" (Hampshire, Amherst and Smith Colleges, 2006); co-curating an exhibition “These are Textiles?” for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston showcasing technological innovations in textile form, application and function (2006); coordinating a group of teen visual arts curators at the Cloud Foundation (2006); collaborating with Anna Shapiro on “A Very Brief Industrial History of Somerville” a painted public mural in Somerville, MA, (2005). Dedalus holds a BA in Studio Arts from Hampshire College and maintains a studio at Sculptors Workshop in Allston, MA.