A FEW WORDS
-WHAT IS THE
FROM ARTIST TO ARTIST PROJECT?
From Artist To Artist promotes the exchange of talent between artists from different disciplines for the creation of wearable art for dancers. Our production process begins with the search and reception of proposals from both national and international painters. After agreeing the terms and conditions, the collaborators send us their works through high quality photographs and we take care of adapting them to a leotard. Finally, the piece of art is transformed to the dynamism of the dancers and is enjoyed not only by them, but also by their audience.
To show the trajectory and current work of each artist who participates in our products, we collaborate with photographers and videographers, who contribute to the exhibition of the final work through social media. We are infinitely grateful to all people who contribute to our project and that is why we pay special attention so that each of them gets their due recognition.
-HOW DID THE
IDEA OF DEVELOPING THIS PROJECT COME ABOUT?
From Artist To Artist founder and director Lorena Pérez, is a professional dancer and choreographer currently based in Toronto, Canada. Her background in both business and the arts, added to a true entrepreneurial spirit, creativeness and passion lead her to the creation of From Artist To Artist. In the past, Lorena and Ana María Pérez, her sister, dreamed with the idea of seeing their aunt, Ana Beatriz Sánchez’s artwork printed on a dance leotard. With From Artist To Artist, the idea has been developed until today it represents a project that includes more than 70 artists around the world.
-WHAT DO YOU THINK
IS THE MOST VALUABLE PART OF THIS INITIATIVE?
For our clients, we consider that the most valuable aspect is to have a garment with high artistic value, which contributes to their continuous exploration, experimentation and movement creation. Our products are based on the fact that the enjoyment of art lies in the continuous search for our voice as artists. From Artist To Artist provides the opportunity to transform art from one format to another and to unite different art enthusiasts into a single project.
From Artist To Artist promotes the exchange of talent between artists from different disciplines for the creation of wearable art. From the start, our focus has been to create and develop a platform where artists can share their talent and create a work of art together. It has been extremely satisfying to see the response and willingness of the artists to participate. Moreover, it is infinitely gratifying to watch the dancers perform onstage wearing our dance wear.
-WHAT ARE SOME OF THE
COLLABORATIONS YOU HAVE DEVELOPED SO FAR?
In the first collection, the three painters we collaborated with come from San Jose, Costa Rica and Quebec, Canada & Toronto, Canada. The second collection, includes artists from Germany, England and the United States. Since our opening in April 2019 to the present, we have had the pleasure of collaborating with a wide variety of artists (50+ dancers, 15+ photographers/videographers, 7 painters and 1 make up artist) from: Costa Rica, Mexico, United States, Canada, North Korea, Brazil, Venezuela and Colombia.
The dancers involved in the project belong to different dance studios and companies in Costa Rica and the United States, including; Ballet Hispanico, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, Ryder Dance, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Ensamble Juvenil del Festival de Ballet San Jose, Modas Dance CR, The Ailey School, Andamio Escuela de Movimiento, Danceworks Costa Rica, Dance 4 Real, Warehouse Dance Complex, Place, Danzay, Ballet Juvenil Costarricense among others.
-TELL ME ABOUT
WHAT YOU DO, WHAT YOUR PROFESSION IS, AND HOW IT CONNECTS TO THE PROJECT.
Lorena is a professional dancer who currently lives in Toronto Canada. Previously graduated in Business Management from the University of Costa Rica, Lorena completed her master’s degree in one of the best dance schools in the US, NYU Tisch School of the Arts in New York. Dance has been her greatest passion in life and joining artists from different schools, countries and different disciplines has always been one of her biggest dreams.
-HOW DOES THIS
PROJECT BENEFIT THE PARTICIPANTS?
Many painters have expressed their gratitude to see their art transformed into movement. Some have a past as dancers and / or feel a great passion and admiration for them.
As for photographers, it represents a great learning opportunity, creating business contacts and capturing movements of dancers from different disciplines, among them: ballet, contemporary, jazz, urban, ballroom, etc.
For the dancers it represents an opportunity to learn more about painters and their respective works, in addition to being able to experiment with other dancers and photographers. In addition, they obtain digital material (professional photographs and videos), which they can use to apply to works, auditions and to expose their work through different means.
In short, our community facilitates communication and creation of opportunities between and for different types of artists.
-WHERE DOES THE
FROM ARTIST TO ARTIST TAKE PLACE?
Our production center is located in San Jose, Costa Rica, however our project involves activities in New York and Canada.
-WHO ARE OUR
Painters: Ana Beatriz Sánchez, Vé Boisvert, Courtney Senior, Anke Ryba, Chris Trueman and Rachel Camilleri, Blakelee Harmon.
Dancers: Alessia Di Bartolo, Alexa Casafont, Alhanna Morales, Alyssa Cebulski, Alyssa Robert, Ana Lucía Eduarte, Bella Halek, Bianca Calderon, Bianca Sanchez, Brianna Navarro, Camila Cordero, Candy Tong, Chaery Moon, Cori Lewis, Cristina Mora, Dandara Amorim, Daniela Guido, Daniela Quiros, Deja Darbonne, Fabiola Segnini, Fernanda Lizano, France Di Bartolo, Gabriela Mora, Haleigh Dalke, Hannah Vasquez, Holly LaRoche, Irene Sivianes, Jasmine Jade, Jordan Ryder, Julia Gold, Katherina Madriz, Kirsten Coco, Kristiane Feoli, Laura Lopez, Lauren Wolter, Logan Greer, Luciana Garnier, Magguie Joy, María José González, Mariana Lizano, Maricruz Barahona, Marijose Castañeda, Melissa Verdecia, Michelle Vinocour, Nicole Waugh, Ryann Lynn Smith, Selina Shida, Sunhi Keller, Susanne Feoli, Tatiana Melendez, Francesca Di Bartolo, Shelby Colona, Susanne Feoli, Veronica Saenz, Zipporah Wilson.
Photographers / Videographers: Carlos Belgoderi, Elías Alvarado, James Diaz, Jorge Venegas, Juan Pablo Zapata, Jose Torres, Kerry B. Smith, Meghann Padgett, Ruben Alvarado, Robert Altmann, Roberto López Jurado, Tatiana Marin, Tania Palomeque, Vanessa Garcia, Urlich Brothagen.
Make-Up Artist: Ana Lucía Eduarte, Jessica Ferraro, Erika Lazcano.