Danielle Russo is a choreographer and performer based in New York City. Her choreography has been presented nationally at the American Dance Festival, Detroit Institute of Arts, Governors Island, Jacob's Pillow, and The Yard; and internationally in Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Mexico, Panama, South Korea, Spain, and Sweden.
As a choreographer, Russo is often commissioned to create on and off of the stage. However, her independent work concentrates in performance for unconventional formats and environments. This ranges to include immersive, installation, and site-specific models of engaging new audiences in architectural, historical, and politically charged spaces, frequently in the public realm.
She has been awarded artist residencies at Chez Bushwick (NYC) Nadine Laboratory for the Contemporary Arts (Brussels, Belgium), Performing Arts Forum (St. Erme, France), Independent Artists Initiative WUK (Vienna, Austria), Mana Contemporary (NJ), and Silo (NYC, PA), and Springboard Danse Montréal (Canada). In 2015 – 2016, she was selected as a LEIMAY Fellow and cultivated work at its affiliate space, CAVE (NYC).
Internationally, Russo has been presented by the Anita Villalaz Teatro Nacional (Panama City, Panama), CGC skyltfönster (Karlstad, Sweden), C.N.N. - Ballet de Lorraine (Nancy, France), Danscentrum Jette (Brussels, Belgium), Stockholm Kulturhuset (Stockholm, Sweden), Performática (Puebla, Mexico), Quartier des Spectacles (Montréal, Canada), Scotiabank Dance Centre (Vancouver, Canada), Studio 516 (Seoul, South Korea), Usine C (Montréal, Canada), and Werkstatten und Kulturhaus Im_flieger (Vienna, Austria).
Previous national engagements include the American Dance Festival (Durham, NC), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (Becket, MA), Los Angeles Design Festival, The Forge (Los Angeles, CA), Parish (Los Angeles, CA), and The Yard (Chilmark, MA). In 2012, Russo was a grant recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts to present at the 80th Anniversary Season of Jacob's Pillow and selected to represent the United States alongside John Jasperse at the inaugural PRISMA Festival de Danza Contemporánea in Panama. Also in 2012, she was selected as one of five international emerging choreographers for the Springboard Danse Montréal Professional Project, creating two new large-scale site-specific performances during its three-week engagement. In 2013, she was invited to present her multimedia solo work with artist Jin-Wen Yu at the World Dance Alliance Assembly in Canada. In 2015, she was invited as a featured speaker for the Emerging Artist panel at the Dance/NYC Symposium. In 2016, her commission for the Los Angeles-based No)one. Art House caught the attention of Solange Knowles who prompted a reprisal of the evening-length production with her affiliate arts organization, Saint Heron.
Local highlights include the Ace Hotel, Armory Arts Week (c/o SPRING/BREAK Art Show, (un)Scene Art Show), Julian Schnabel’s Casa del Popolo, Center for Performance Research, Governors Island, Gowanus Art + Production, HERE Arts Center, La MaMa, and Moynihan Station, to name a few. She and her work have been featured in The Creators Project, as well as in Cultured Magazine, Dance Magazine, Refinery29, and The Village Voice. Acclaimed dance critic Deborah Jowitt has commended Russo for her “dramatically eloquent athleticism”.
Prior to founding DRPP, Russo focused on condensed and evening-length works for the stage. Between 2007-2011, she was produced locally by The Ailey Citigroup Theater, American Dance Guild, Atlas Theater, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!), former Dance New Amsterdam, Dance Now NYC, Green Space, Mulberry Street Theater, The Flea Theater, The Tank, Theatre 54, Triskelion Arts, Wave Rising Series, and WAX, to name a few.
As an educator, Russo is a faculty member at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she teaches choreography, dance history, and dance politics. Previously, she served on the faculty at Hollins University and the American College Dance Association, as well as guest faculty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Additional university commissions include Florida State College at Jacksonville, Marymount Manhattan College m(mix), Mercyhurst University, Middlebury College, and Universidad de las Américas in Mexico. She has taught in worldwide festivals including the Barcelona International Dance Exchange (BIDE), Abundance International Dance Festival, and PRISMA–Festival de Danza Contemporánea.
Russo holds a BFA in Dance and a BA in Anthropology from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a MFA in Dance from Hollins University/American Dance Festival where she attended on fellowship. Outside of her own creative endeavors, she performs with The Metropolitan Opera.
American Guild of Musical Arts • Society of Dance History Scholars • American Dance Guild • World Dance Alliance - Americas • Fractured Atlas