Ballet Des Moines is pleased to name the third and final artist selected for its 2016-2017 artist-in-residence program.
Amenda Tate Corso has been a student of engineering and the arts, creating thought-provoking works that address ideas surrounding individuality, identity, permanence, and social culture in our digital age. For her work with Ballet Des Moines, Corso will be creating with a motion-controlled robotic device she invented, which translates the motion of dance into a static energetic form. The finished product is rendered in acrylic paint by the painting bot she’s named Manibus.
Corso will work with the ballet through Snow White, the final production of the 2016-2017 season, April 15. A community event is also being scheduled to allow residents to watch the bot work and try their hand at how technology can turn dance into art.
About the Artist
Amenda Tate Corso was born in Des Moines, Iowa. Studies in mechanical engineering at Iowa State University led her to the realization that her interest in "how things work" would be better satisfied in a more aesthetically creative mode – Metalsmithing. She studied under professor Chuck Evans before moving to Colorado in 1998. Amenda worked as an apprentice to Todd Reed in Boulder, Colorado while completing her undergraduate studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing.
Since returning to Iowa, Amenda spends time creating in her artist studio located in the Fitch Building, downtown Des Moines. Her works have been featured in various trade publications and the Denver Post as well as the book Art Jewelry Today 2.
For questions regarding the residency program, contact the Ballet Des Moines Executive Director, Laurel Knox.