Dances Made to Order

An Interview with Diogo De Lima, our New Orleans Edition Curator

9/18/2012 by Kingsley Irons | Comment

Diogo De Lima is the curator and one of the participating artists of the New Orleans edition of Dances Made to Order.

Why are you interested in making dance film?

When I was touring Europe with Grupo Corpo I bought a 16mm cam from a second hand store and start filming the dancers right after they would leave the stage, I was very interested in catching that moment when they walk to the wings and let their bodies collapse for a few seconds them expand just before going back on the stage. Since than I found out how great it is to be able to frame and explore dance bringing it into a more intimate and intriguing way than the dances made to the stage.

What are you looking forward to about this project with Dances Made to Order? What are you nervous about?

I am really looking forward to be able to feature some of New Orleans greatest and creative choreographers, dancers and filmmakers.

Tell us about some of your upcoming projects in 2012/2013

I am finishing my new short film shot in Brazil in collaboration between MindField Productions and Quality Films, will be directing an segment for a TV show coming up, will be doing the annual fundraising for Project Lazarus in New Orleans, and will be teaching Media and Choreography at Tulane University as well working on my new piece to be premiered in November.

If we were going to spend the day with you hanging out in New Orleans, what would we do?

We would start the day having breakfast at Croissant D’or in the french quarter followed by a walk along the mississippi river heading towards Julia Street.  We would check out some art galleries, than head to Magazine Street for some shopping and stop at CCs to get a Mochassippi to go. For lunch we’d eat at Commanders Palace and enjoy the great southern cuisine starting out with some Mint Juleps and finish with a Café Brulot. We would take the street car down Saint Charles Ave towards City Park enjoying the view of  “The Jewel of America’s Grand Avenues.” It is indisputably, the most superb collection of great mansions of the South. We would get off at City Park and walk through the sculpture garden and check out some of my favorites sculptures such as Louise Bourgeois, Jacques Lipchitz and Fernando Botero. Get ready to hear some great music  at Frenchman Street. We’d do a bar hop and end up at DBA to get the last set of John Boutté’s performance. We’ll finish up the day with dinner at Maurepas in the Bywater.

What is your favorite drink and where do you get it?

My Favorite drink is what I call D’Lima’s drink – Mount Gay Rum, Tonic Water and Lemon over ice. A good thing about New Orleans is that every bar is a great bar. We could get it anywhere in this city.

Tell us something surprising about yourself.

I am half Japanese.

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