2016/17 Artist In Residence : Dance
Catherine Galasso creates live performance at the intersection of theater, dance, and installation. Since 2006 she has created seven evening-length, cross-disciplinary, cast-specific works and numerous shorter performances for dance venues, galleries, and museums. Sources of inspiration include the man with the Guinness record for being struck by lightning seven times, French cinema pioneers the Lumière Brothers, and Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens. Galasso’s work has been presented by Danspace Project, La MaMa, the River To River Festival, Joyce SoHo, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Bibliotheque National in Paris, Harvard University’s Carpenter Center, Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, and the International Theater Festival in Pristina, Kosovo. Galasso has been awarded mentorships with Monica Bill Barnes, Wally Cardona, and Ralph Lemon, and residencies at The Watermill Center, Headlands Center for the Arts, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Chez Bushwick, ODC Theater (San Francisco), and ZonaD Studio (Bucharest).
Galasso began her career in San Francisco from 2006-2010, where she was offered a three-year residency at ODC Theater and received evening-length commissions from the San Francisco Film Society and the San Francisco Foundation. Her ODC Theater commissioned “Bring On The Lumière!” (2011) toured to Joyce SoHo and Cornell University, was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award, and is featured in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies. In 2009 she produced her first evening-length work in New York, “Show Me The Money,” in a former Wall Street bank vault, with support from the LMCC.
Galasso’s 2015 works include: the revival of Jim Neu’s “The Floatones” at La MaMa, “Fall of the Rebel Angels: X” at River To River, and “notes on degroat” at Danspace Project. Featuring a cast of contemporary downtown dancer/actors, Jess Barbagallo, Joshua William Gelb, Larissa Velez-Jackson and Greg Zuccolo, “The Floatones” ran for two weeks to sold-out houses at The Club, and Alexis Soloski of The New York Times described it as “very nearly unclassifiable and utterly delightful.”
Galasso’s 10th and final iteration “X” of her multi-chaptered work, “Fall of the Rebel Angels” premiered at the River To River Festival in June 2015. The work took place in a vacant 19th century landmarked house on Governors Island, unfolding in 3 acts from the front lawn, to the parlor, to multiple rooms on the upper floors.
In December 2015 she premiered her Danspace-commissioned, “notes on de groat,” which evolved from reconstructing early works by Andy de Groat, an American choreographer based in France. “notes” was part of “get dancing,” a 75-minute program conceived by Galasso in which she re-staged dances by de Groat with him advising from afar. “get dancing” engaged a living history that was both personal and part of a legacy of downtown performance, bringing together generations of performers, including original cast members. “get dancing” was nominated for a 2015 “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Revival.
Galasso is a 2015-16 Resident Artist with LMCC’s Extended Life Program. Born in New York and raised in Italy, she is the daughter of internationally acclaimed composer Michael Galasso. She holds a BA in Film from Cornell University.www.catherinegalasso.org
DECAMERON NOW (DN, temporary title) is a multi-platform serial project inspired by Giovanni Boccaccio’s 14th century book of novellas “The Decameron.” During the BAX residency, Galasso will develop the first two of what will eventually be ten chapters over the course of the next four years.
Boccaccio’s “The Decameron” is a book of 100 tales told over ten days by ten young people who retreat to a villa to escape the plague. These provocative tales of power, vice, and mortality will serve as the scaffolding to build an original landscape of movement and imagery that has an authentic yet kaleidoscopic relationship to the source.
Eventually, the ten chapters of DN will manifest as live performances but also as companion films and site-specific installations. Each performance episode exists independently while in dialogue with the others. The performances will epitomize Galasso’s signature cinematic style and non-linear narratives, with particular nods to the dream-like current of 1960s Italian cinema. DN will also feature Galasso’s characteristic performer-controlled lighting and evocative visual effects.
With DN, Galasso continues her work with intergenerational and interdisciplinary casting, something that became very meaningful to her with her “get dancing” and “Floatones” projects in 2015. For DN, she plans to work with a group of 10 performers that represent a wide range in terms of generation, background, gender identity and ethnicity.