Catherine Galasso

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 deGroat, 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 deGroat 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.

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

Project

In Boccaccio’s Decameron, ten young people escape the Bubonic Plague, and the corrupt leadership and incompetent governance that accompanied it, by isolating themselves and telling stories. Some stories are delightful distraction, others deliver cutting criticism of the state of the world. With this new dance, my only agenda is to build a world around a group of performers who I feel particularly drawn to at this current moment. I’m building a world inspired by them, their personalities, their bodies, and how they fit together. I believe in the power of not knowing where you’re going, of working intuitively, and in trusting in the contents of a work to guide me somewhere new and unexpected. This is storytelling with movement, sound and light, that exists solely in the present moment in this space of BAX, with you the audience. Of Iron and Diamonds v1 is created with and for Christine Bonansea, Frank Conversano, Meghan Frederick, Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal, Ashley RT Yergens, and my 8-month-old son, Atlas Green.