Fresh Tracks Resident Artist Profile: Franklin Diaz
Flamenco dancer and choreographer, Franklin Diaz, joins us as a Fresh Tracks Performance & Residency Program artist.
Franklin Diaz’s work for the 2012 Fresh Tracks Performance Series will feature a combination of flamenco and contemporary movement vocabularies, Afro influences and Cuban sounds. His work explores the inner struggle he has faced throughout his artistic career, looking at where he has come from and where he is going.
Born in the Dominican Republic, Franklin Diaz’s future was decided from the early age of four. Falling in love with movement and sound, he taught himself to dance. He is the product of a musical family composed of instrumentalists and vocalists, nurtured by music of his culture. His passion for dance and complex musical structures was further broadened and challenged with his exposure to Flamenco, an art form of Southern Spain associated with the Spanish Gypsies. Diaz is well versed in various dance forms including Salsa, Afrocuban, Ballet, Modern and Flamenco. He creates a pelau, una ensalada, a salsa of unique flavors. He moves to music, transforming his body into an extraordinary instrument. Diaz has been defined as a force of nature, “un mito.”
He has had the honor and pleasure of training under the watchful eyes of Jose Molina, Jose Maya and Alfonso Losa (Flamenco), studied modern and ballet at The Ailey School and salsa with Victor Pacheco and Eddie Torres. He has traveled the world, nationally and internationally sharing the stage with renowned artists such as Celia Cruz, Tito Puentes and Fania All Stars. His signature performance style is sought after by promoters from China, to Argentina, to Tunis Africa and Morocco. As he receives accolades from peers, fans, dance enthusiasts and the general public, he continues to impress with his ever evolving style.
His respect for his craft, his talent and his blessings are strongly linked with his spiritual life. He continues to foster his growth at every opportunity, always striving for excellence.
New York Live Arts will present Fresh Tracks, the latest installment of the Fresh Tracks Performance & Residency Program, Dec 13 – 15 at 7:30pm. The 2012-13 Fresh Tracks Artists include Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie, Franklin Diaz, Megan Kendzior, Molly Poerstel-Taylor, Michal Samama and Parul Shah.
Created in 1965 by Dance Theater Workshop and now continued as a signature program of New York Live Arts, the Fresh Tracks Performance and Residency Program selects six early career artists annually to receive comprehensive performance and residency support. The program begins with a showcase performance in New York Live Arts’ Bessie Schönberg Theater. Following the performance, each artist receives a 50-hour creative residency in the New York Live Arts studios for research and development of new work. Additionally, artists receive introductory level professional development workshops in marketing, fundraising and career development. Under the guidance of Artistic Advisor Levi Gonzalez, Fresh Tracks artists participate in dialogue sessions facilitating open discussion about their creative process, as well as one-on-one consultations.
Performances will take place at New York Live Arts’ Bessie Schönberg Theater. Come Early Conversations and Stay Late Discussions will also be featured with two shows (see complete schedule below). Tickets are $20 and $15. Tickets may be purchased online at tickets.newyorklivearts.org, by phone at 212-924-0077 and in person at the box office. Box office hours are Monday to Friday from 1 to 9pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 8pm.