Greetings from the Hudson Valley, where I've resided for the past month choreographing an opera for Bard SummerScape. The Miracle of Heliane, originally composed by Erich Wolfgang Korngold in 1927, premieres TONIGHT July 26 and runs through August 4th. (Thanks for the rec, New York Times!)
I'm thrilled to be the choreographer of this massive production and to be working with a dream cast of dancers, singers, and design collaborators.
“Das Wunder der Heliane” is conducted by Leon Botstein, with direction by Christian Räth and set design and costumes by Esther Bialas. I've been blessed to have been able to bring some stellar performer-collaborators with me on this adventure: David Gonsier, Joey Kipp, Doug LeCours, Karla Quintero, Tara Sheena, Niko Tsocanos, Meg Weeks, Mei Yamanaka, with choreographic assistance from KC Athol.
ODC Theater Presents
Catherine Galasso in collaboration with Dave Cerf
"Of Iron and Diamonds V3: Alone Together"
December 6-8, 2018 @ 8pm
Created specifically for ODC’s B’Way Theater with an all Bay Area cast, Alone Together flips the orientation of the proscenium, placing the audience on the stage and the performers in the seats. Other-worldly dreamscapes give way to volcanic dance numbers, ranging from the audacious to the familiar, combining Galasso’s signature cinematic approach with a riveting score by composer Dave Cerf.
Alone Together is Galasso’s third installment of her multi-chapter performance series, Of Iron and Diamonds, based on Boccaccio’s Decameron. Each chapter is uniquely site- and cast-specific, revealing a sharply present, whimsical take on this seminal literary work, while remaining reflective of a contemporary approach to performance rooted in the avant-garde.
Choreography by Catherine Galasso
Music and Sound Design by Dave Cerf
Performances by Arletta Anderson, Eric Garcia, Cookie Harrist, Hien Huynh, Phoenicia Pettyjohn, Karla Quintero, Galicia Stack Lozano
Trailer credits: music by Dave Cerf, footage by Andrew Rogers and Forrest Pound, editing by Catherine Galasso
Thanks Gia Kourlas and Emon Hassan!
Shout-out to collaborators Dave Cerf for music and Karen Boyer for costumes.
June 15-17, 2018
Friday and Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at 5pm
Brookfield Place Winter Garden, 230 Vesey Street
Featuring: Doug LeCours, Jordan D. Lloyd, Ambika Raina, Mei Yamanaka
Music: Dave Cerf
Costume Design: Karen Boyer
Sound Supervisor: Sam Crawford
Creative Producer: Tara Sheena
Stage Management: Kirsten Schnittker
With appearances by: Kate Athol, Abram Blau, John Gutierrez, Ryan Hudzik, Kayla Juntilla, Beckett Melville, Tyaela Nieves, Oliver Prose, Emery Schaffer
In a special performance for the 2018 River to River Festival, Of Granite and Glass is part of choreographer Catherine Galasso’s 10-part series, Of Iron and Diamonds, based on Boccaccio’s 14th century Decameron. The performance will combine her signature cinematic tableaux, whimsical nonlinear narratives, and charismatic performers to engage in a choreographic dialogue with the architecture and atmosphere of Brookfield Place, transforming the Winter Garden's grand marble staircase into a dramatic backdrop for a dance evoking failed spring breaks, ecstatic dance rituals, and sacred StairMaster routines. Presented by Arts Brookfield.
On Granite and Glass is co-commissioned by Arts Brookfield and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and is presented as part of the 2018 River To River Festival.
Brooklyn Arts Exchange is proud to announce Sight Lines: A Night of Performance in Dialogue with the Work of Michael Galasso, curated by Catherine Galasso. Featuring work by Laurie Berg, Fana Fraser, Georgia Gavran & Jonathan Doherty, Johnnie Cruise Mercer, Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal, and Ambika Raina.
The show is Friday-Saturday, April 13-14, 2018 at 8pm.
Event Website: events.bax.org/sight-lines
Sight Lines: A Night of Performance in Dialogue with the Work of Michael Galasso is a curatorial project by Catherine Galasso. Initiated to create new dialogues around the body of musical work by composer Michael Galasso, her late father, Catherine has invited six artists/pairings of varied aesthetic, artistic, and creative concerns to create 5-7 minute choreographic responses to unpublished recordings of his compositions. The responses offer new ways to illuminate how the continuous dialogue of music and movement-one that Michael was steeped in- take place across time and artistic tradition. A focused effort in meaningfully locating Michael's work to audiences that may be unfamiliar with his musical contributions, Sight Lines works broadly to uncover layered artistic histories, while encouraging a personal and proactive approach to performance.
Michael Galasso was a minimalist composer active in New York in the 1970s and 80s before relocating to Europe, where he wrote mainly for film, dance and theater up until his death in 2009. He is most known for his compositions for theater director Robert Wilson and Wong Kar-wai's In the Mood For Love soundtrack.
Saturday, January 20 at 2pm
Part of: “What is Distance” Festival, curated by Emily Reilly. Featuring a dance / lec-dem by Catherine Galasso, a performance lecture by Research Service, and keynote by Fred Wilson
Bard Graduate Center
38 West 86th Street, NYC
Tickets and more information here
In December 2015, Catherine Galasso presented an evening of early works by choreographer Andy de Groat, engaging with a living history of the artist that was both personal and part of a lineage of downtown performance. The evening culminated with a new work created by Galasso titled notes on de groat, a poetic meditation on the ways in which her own process, as a choreographer and visual artist, intersects and deviates from de Groat’s aesthetic, which she has been steeped in since a young age through her father, composer Michael Galasso, de Groat’s longtime collaborator. In a rare remount for the Bard Graduate Center seminar room, notes on de groat locates personal and historical distance though the ways in which these dialogues live and breathe across time, legacy, and artistic tradition. The piece was originally commissioned by Danspace Project, and will be performed by Doug LeCours, Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal, and Meg Weeks.
"The experience was like following a string back through time and finding some sort of treasure. What she found wasn’t flashy or transgressive, but an enchanted meeting of movement and music"
an illuminating, heartfelt program of old and new work [...] time seemed to loop back on itself throughout the evening
THE NEW YORK TIMES -- Siobhan Burke
“get dancing,” revealing the richness and spirituality of “minimalist” dance of the 70s to a younger generation. Plus, it was heavenly to hear Michael Galasso’s music again.
Wendy Perron's BEST OF 2015
– tall, short, young old – moved as one with a riveting grace, and knowing smiles.
EYE ON DANCE -- Nicole Duffy Robertson
I left the theater at once exhilarated to have seen these marvelous works but also saddened to think what their fate might have been without the efforts of Galasso to restore them to their rightful place onstage.
THE DANCE ENTHUSIAST -- Nicole Dekle Collins
“get dancing” revealed the poetic drama of time, and the personal drama of facing the impermanence of your art form.
THE DANCE ENTHUSIAST -- Sarah Chien
September 2019: memorial to honor Andy de Groat
December 2019: new commission for Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin
July 2019: Catherine choreographs "The Miracle of Heliane" at Bard Summerscape
March 2019: "COLORS" Catherine's collaboration with TPO Company (Italy) Premiers at BAM
December 2018: "Alone Together" premieres at ODC Theater San Francisco
November 2018: Catherine assists Annie-B Parson with "Antigonick" at Abrons Arts Center NYC
June 15-17 Of Granite and Glass at Brookfield Winter Garden, NYC
October 2018: Residency collaboration with TPO Company in Prato, Italy
May 2018: LMCC Residency
April 13-14, 2018 Sight Lines curation at BAX
Feb 11, 2018 BAX Open Studios
Jan 20, 2018 "notes on de groat" at Bard Graduate Center
Fall 2017: Teaching Choreography at NYU's Experimental Theater Wing
June 23-24, 2017: Of Iron and Diamonds v1 at BAX
Feb & Nov: BAX Open Studios
GET DANCING Nominated for a Bessie!
May 30, 2016: CATCH at the Knockdown Center
December 2015: GET DANCING at Danspace Project
October 2015: LMCC Open Studios
September 2015: Residency at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center
June 26-28 2015: Fall of the Rebel Angels X at River To River Festival
May 1-10 2015: Jim Neu's The Floatones at La MaMa
March 2015: Extended Life Residency at LMCC Governors Island
February 6, 2015: Andy de Groat Remounts at 92nd Street Y
January 22-25, 2015: in residence at the Watermill Center
November 2014 : Sundays on Broadway
August 2014: Residency in Paris with Andy de Groat
June 2014: Residency in Bucharest, Romania
May 2014: Fall of the Rebel Angels #8 in Fort Greene Brooklyn
April 2014: Food For Thought Guest Curator Danspace Project NYC
November 23: Sundays on B'way
September 2014: Venice, Italy
August 2014: Residency Paris
June 2014: Residency Bucharest
May 30-31: Fort Greene Brooklyn
April 4 2014: Danspace Project
March 24 2014: Dixon Place