I am a dance artist, theorist and enthusiast. I am drawn to navigating cultural, social, ephemeral and sentient territories through my dance practice. I am unassuming and slow. I like to witness and observe. My most recent work involves the writing and performance of scores that encase the process of developing dance as the context for its staging. I bear witness, make choices and activate myself though intensive physical practices in listening, reflection, composition and dialogue.
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WANDA GALA is a choreographer and ethnochoreologist from the US whose professional interest in the embodiment of cultural phenomenon unifies her practical, academic, and artistic work. Her work is rooted in an ethnographic and anthropological approach to researching dance and human movement systems.
Individual and collaborative, film, installation, site specific, street and theatre works have been presented at: The American Dance Festival, Barnsdall Art Park, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, REDCAT, Highways Performance Space, the Wiltern Theatre, Arden2, California Institute of the Arts, Cal State Northridge, the Smell, the Il Corral, the Salvation Theatre, and various marked and unmarked locations such as: The Highline (NYC), The North Burial Grounds (RI), The Dunmore Caves (IRL), Bank District, Warsaw (PL), Hollywood Blvd (CA), McBean Pkwy (CA), N. Heliotrope Blvd (CA), Oceanside Park (CA), and Figueroa Blvd (CA).
Wanda also choreographs works for performance artist, Narcissister, which have been presented at such New York venues as Abron's Art Center, The Studio Museum of Harlem, The New Museum, The Kitchen, and Deitch Projects. Narcissister's latest show, "The Organ Player" for which Gala served as both co-choreographer and creative consultant was nominated for a 2013 Bessie for Outstanding Production (on the forefront of contemporary performance).
Wanda holds a BFA in Dance and Composition from the California Institute of the Arts and a MA in Ethnochoreology from the University of Limerick.