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Derek DiMartini
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • United States
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Derek DiMartini hails from Oakland, California. Coming from a strong theatrical background, Derek began dance training in high school, and quickly connected with the power dance has to express that which words cannot. He has choreographed extensively with A Different Drum Dance Company, as well as for serving as a choreographer and movement coach for various theatrical productions. In New York his work has been performed with Mare Nostrum Elements, as well as at WAXworks and Marie-Christine Giordano Salon. As a performer he has had the opportunity to perform the works of Merce Cunningham, Ohad Naharin, Akram Khan, Reggie Wilson, Alex Ketley, Twyla Tharp, Yvonne Rainer and Trisha Brown. He is currently dancing with SumBones Collective. Derek graduated from Yale University in 2013
Dancer, Actor, Performance Artist, Choreographer
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LEIMAYblog // Frantic Beauty/ Beat Your Heart Out by LEIMAY Ensemble Member Derek DiMartini

Posted on October 26, 2016 at 12:30am 0 Comments

Frantic Beauty

You feel it in the fingertips of the heart. Blind. Reaching out through the central nervous system. Carving into you like clay, working through you like putty.  For a moment it rests behind the eyes, and you stop, paralyzed. Because before you know what it is, you see it in its entirety. And its too much.  The world is too rigid and time is too steady and it will never fit, there's no place. Its hopeless and you haven't even begun. Oceans of peach pits…


LEIMAYblog // On Writing by LEIMAY Ensemble Member Derek DiMartini

Posted on January 18, 2016 at 5:00am 0 Comments

(Disclaimer: while seemingly unrelated to leimay's rehearsal process, I felt this post belonged here, next to all the others)

There’s something so

tragically selfish

about writing—

To be kept away from the


of day to day,

Content with the isolation

needed to draw out what

lies beneath.


How arrogant

of one to think that

solitude could lead to

greatness!  That the things…


LEIMAYBlog // Fit Me Into You by LEIMAY Ensemble Member Derek DiMartini

Posted on May 6, 2015 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

This fits. This feels right. 

Is it the shape of things that determine what fits, or do we shape things to make them fit? When shaping ones own body there are always limits. The mannequin in the window will always wear it better. Creativity is bound within the walls of your figure. My shapes are often made to not fit everyone. They fit me and only me and even then they sometimes escape my control. And yet I can be fitted to. But only if I let you. No, only if I fit…


LEIMAYblog // Reflections on Borders by LEIMAY Ensemble Member Derek DiMartini

Posted on March 5, 2015 at 12:00am 0 Comments

Borders are a symbol of consciousness.  Of our attempts to understand.  To draw a border is to define something, by clearly delineating it from what its not.…

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At 12:14am on January 24, 2015,
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Theresa Magario tm
Derek of Oakland CA! Welcome to conectom! Thanks for joining.

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