Passion Fruit Dance Company - Tatiana Desardouin
Passion Fruit Dance Company - Tatiana Desardouin
The amazing festival provides free performances and arts education for NYC kids from July 10th – 26th 2019.
Passion Fruit is a New York based Street Dance Theater & educational Company, founded, directed and choreographed by Tatiana Desardouin since 2016. The chore members of the company are Mai Lê Hô, Lauriane Ogay and Tatiana Desardouin.
Our mission is to promote the authenticity of Street & clubbing Dance styles (social dances), cultures and their contribution to the society, highlighting and exploring different social issues throughout our dance pieces.
Using the prism of Hip-Hop and House cultures and through different socially engaged art projects, our goal is also :
1. to provide tools for any communities and generations in their healing process or simply to those in search of a release outlet and confidence building environment, by using “Passion Fruit Seeds”- A teaching program, designed for that purpose.
2. To build bridges between different art forms, communities and generations, by using “Les 5 sens” – A multisensory experience within a cultural party, designed for that purpose.
Tatiana Desardouin is a professional dancer, dance instructor, choreographer, and event organizer. She holds a Master’s Degree as an Adult Educator. Tatiana won several competitions in Switzerland and abroad (Italy, Denmark, Canada, France), had the opportunity to dance in Bercy in Paris for the world finals of Juste Debout in the House category in 2010, and has been sought been sought out to give workshops and judge competitions in Switzerland and overseas (USA, Canada, Italy, Austria, Canada, Italy, France, Peru, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, Slovakia and
Germany). In 2017, she had the chance to perform at the Madison Square Garden in New York and the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia as a dancer for the known rock band “Arcade Fire” for their tour https://www.everythingnow.com/ .
Tatiana has been very involved in the growth and development of the Swiss Hip-Hop scene. She has been a Hip-Hop dance teacher in two Swiss contemporary dance companies, ”L’Estuaire” and “Alias,” and has taught Hip-Hop dance in schools: Studio des Bains, and Centre de Formation Professionnelle des Arts Appliquées (CFPAA) for the contemporary dance branch in Geneva from 2005 to 2016. With Loïc Dinga, she opened her own dance school in Geneva, Le Centre Hip-Hop www.centrehiphop.ch. She is a member of the JAIA association https://www.facebook.com/
Tatiana moved to New York in 2016, and teaches Hip-Hop and House at “EXPG New York.” She is also now part of the legendary Rennie Harris PureMovement Dance Company in Philadelphia. She is now building her dance company called “Passion Fruit”, performing at Lehigh Valley dance festival, at Summerstage, at Alvin Ailey for Ladies of Hip-Hop festival 2017, BAAD! Theater for Dance Your Future residency, Jacob’s Pillow for the Inside/Out festival (https://www.jacobspillow.org/
Using her first influences: Afro-Haïtian dance, and dancehall, Tatiana continues to develop and grow in her dance. Amongst others, she specializes in Hip-Hop and House Dance.
“This is one of the best street dance shows I’ve seen in the last few years!!! A perfect example of how authentic street dance can do more than just entertain in the theatre setting”
Crazy Smooth (artistic director of Bboyizm Dance Company)
“I discovered Passion Fruit at the Bronx Showcase one year during APAP and after seeing so many showings that weekend at the end Passion Fruit rose to top of my list as one of the most unique performances. They have incredible feminine energy mixed with pure talent and authenticity. They also totally have their own movement practice going on. I immediately booked them for the Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Series. While at the Pillow they taught a 10 minute hip-hop class to the audience and worked with a local b-boy group with such kindness and enthusiasm. It is a joy to work with artists like Passion Fruit.”
Ariana Brawley, Associate Producer, Jacob’s Pillow
“Passion Fruit vividly push hip-hop’s inherent capacity to articulate important ideas in a powerful and joyous ensemble work”
Simon Dove, Curator, Crossing the Lines Festival
“After you watch Passion Fruit Dance Company perform, you’ll never listen to house music the same way again. Their dances move with and then beyond the beats to explore issues within the hip-hop and dance communities: competition, creativity, the impact of Black and African diaspora cultures, the generosity of hip-hop and its inclusion of whoever has the determination and inspiration to stay with it and make it their own.”
Jane Gabriels, Ph.D, Pepatián
“Tatiana Desardouin and the Passion Fruit Dance Company are one of the most exciting young dance companies I’ve seen in the past few years. The company, under Ms. Desardouin’s direction, is exploring innovative ways to bring together traditional and contemporary movement languages, that offer audiences a new lens by which to enjoy a dance concert in 2018!”
George Emilio Sanchez
Chairperson of Performing and Creative Arts
College of Staten Island/CUNY
“Tatiana Desardouin and Passion Fruit Dance Company have an easy, relaxed style that harvests all the cool and command of classic hip hop and smartly position it present day onto a theater stage with an all female group. The quiet confidence and subtly of the choreography is deepened by the keen performers who individually hold their own and as a group hold it down.”
Joseph Hall, Deputy Director
BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance
“Tatiana’s work is soulful, full of the complexity and joy that exists in the world, the clubs and our hearts . A great new voice has arrived. BRAVO”
Fela, Equus, Syncing Ink, Othello (Movement Director)
“The way you dance tells me how comfortable you are in your own body, how free you are moving through the world. It requires you to accept the idea that people might see into you.”
Tatiana Desardouin, Passion Fruit Dance Company.
The New York Times, “Watch These Dancers Find Spontaneity in the Cirlce” by James Thomas
Full article : https://www.nytimes.com/