WANDA GALA

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.

Copyright 2007-2012
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Education

2009 M.A. Ethnochoreology, First Honors, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, The University of Limerick, Ireland

2005 B.F.A Dance, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California

Additional Training
2014-2017 Feldenkrais Professional Practioners Program, The Feldenkrais Institute New York, NY

2009 IDEPAK, Programme for New Ethnochoreologists, University of Trondheim, Norway

2007 Feldenkrais Movement Institute, Berkley, California

Choreography

2015-2007 Choreography for Narcissister at The Box, New York, NY.

2014 Wireless Textures, w/Bob Bellerue, Performance & Broadcast, Wave Farm Acra, NY.

2014 Novel Ecosystems, Fallow Time, Movement Research Spring Festival, New York, NY.

2014 Untitled Heart Duets, Silent Barn, Brooklyn, NY 20 min.

2013 “The Organ Player”, Narcissister Choreographer and Creative Consultant, Abrons Arts Center 45 min.

2013 “CD3 NYC 1303”, Chen Dance Center, New York, NY. 10 min.

2013 “CD1 NYC 1301”, Silent Barn, Brooklyn, NY. 20 min.

2012 "Sunspotting A Walking Forest" site-specific choreography for Jenny Marketou. Highline, New York, NY. 1hr.

2012 Narcissister Presentation at "Camp Anti-Camp", Hau 2, Berlin, Germany. 30 min.

2011 "This Masquerade", Narcissister Choreography Abrons Art Center, New York, NY. 40min.

2011 "Passageria em Casa" Espaço PerFormas, Aveiro, Portugal. 45 min.

2010 "Narcissister", Narcissister Choreography. Anna Kustera Gallery, New York, NY. 15 min.

2010 "Appenzeller" Highways Performance Space, Los Angeles, CA. 35min.

2010 "This Masquerade", Narcissiter Choreography. The Kitchen, New York, NY. 40min.

2010 "Nunca Nadie", X Initiative, New York, NY. 12min.

2009 "Narcissister" Narcissister Choreography, Music Biennale Zagreb. Zagreb, Croatia. 10 min.

2009 "An Ethnographic Approach to Site-Specific Movement Research", Performance Presentation at Dance Research Forum Ireland Symposium, Limerick, Ireland. 30 min.

2008 "W Ruchu Na Skos" Highways Performance Space, Los Angeles, California. 45 min.

2008 "The Blue Storm" Cryptic Providence, North Burial Grounds, Providence, Rhode Island. 35 min.

2008 "Nunca Nadie" Dance Theatre Workshops' Open Studios, New York, NY ; Triskilion Arts's WAXworks & The Bushwick Starr, Brooklyn, NY. 14min.

2007 "Okna Drzwi Sziany"Nasher Museum of Art, NC for the American Dance Festivals' Dance on Camera, & Festiwale Era Nowe Horozonty, Wroclaw, Poland. 2 min 15 sec.

2007 "Les Biches" Highways Performance Space, Los Angeles, California. 48 min.

2007 "Dunmore Caves Project" site specific performances laboratories, Dunmore Caves, Ireland & Brooklyn, New York.

2007 "Le Puit Noir" Il Corral's Turn of the Screws Festival of Love and Noise, Los Angeles, CA. 15 min.

2006 "Solome" Galleria Entropia, Wroclaw Poland , Club Aurora, Warsaw Poland and Officina Buenaventura, Castlefranco Veneto, Italy. 32 min.

2006 "Goneness" Arden 2 in CAR:turally Advanced Realizations: actions, works, situations as formative vehicles for ... Costa Mesa, CA & the Il Corral's Turn of the Screws Festival of Love and Noise, Los Angeles, CA. 22 min.

2005 "Org9n" Barnsdall Art Park, Hollywood, California. 25 min.

2005 "Lil'I" REDCAT, Highways Performance Space, & California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, CA. 90 min

Awards

2010 Brooklyn Arts Council, Department of Cultural Affairs Regrant
2007 Artists Resource for Completion Grant (ARC), Durfee Foundation
2005 Interdisciplinary Arts Grant, California Institute of the Arts


Curated Events, Community Arts Programming and Special Projects

2012
Guest Curator, Chez Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY: Three artists (two events) presented at the Center for Performance Research

2012
Project Consultant, Jenny Marketou/More Art, New York, NY. Worked with artist, students from Parsons and local community members to score and stage the performance of "Sunspotting a Walking Forest" on the Highline.

2011
Grant Writer, Coalition for Hispanic Family Services, Arts and Literacy Program, Brooklyn, NY: Panel Discussion Series on Arts and Education in Bushwick

2011
Teacher/Workshop Director, Binaural/Nodar, Lisbon, Portugal: Workshops in Task Based Choreography for "Passageria em Casa" at Fabricade Polivar

2010-2011
Project Coordinator, Coalition for Hispanic Family Services, Brooklyn, NY: PS123 Art Garden, community outreach to facilitate the design, building and maintenance of an outdoor classroom hosting lessons in horticulture, agriculture, health, nutrition, the social and physical sciences- both in and out of school. Built through the collaboration of the Department of Education, Department of Youth and Community Development, Coalition for Hispanic Family Services, New York Restoration Project, Bushwick City Farms,
Greenthumb and Public School 123.

2010-2011
Project Coordinator, Coalition for Hispanic Family Services, Brooklyn, NY: Nations of Nations, Visual and performing arts programming developed to facilitate the creation of a children’s outdoor permanent installation artwork and performance with the support of Chez Bushwick at PS123 and PS377.

2009
Producer, Researcher and Documentarian, Brooklyn, NY: Neighborhood Dances, A Community Dance Exchange was a series of events and research aimed to generate a perspective on the culturally specific dance expressions of Bushwick’s community members. This project was sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC).

Publications and Conference Papers
2012
"Finding Common Ground: Cross-Cultural Programming in Dance Education"
Dance and Dance Culture, Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association, Boston, MA.

2010
"It Takes Practice: Ethnographic and Improvisatory Approaches to Practical Research in Dance Education"
Capturing Composition: Improvisation in Dance Research and Practice
Dance Research Forum Ireland 3rd International Conference, Cork, Ireland

2009
"An Ethnographic Approach to Site-Specific Movement Research"
Performance Presentation at Dance Research Forum Ireland Symposium, University of Limerick, Ireland.

2009
Critical Correspondence. Monthly Contributor, February through June 2009.
Available online at: http://www.movementresearch.org/publishing

Relevant Work Experience

2010-2011
Site Director, Coalition for Hispanic Family Services Arts & Literacy Program, PS123K, Brooklyn, NY.

2010
Managing Director, Center For Performance Research, Brooklyn, NY.

2009
Lecturer, Undergraduate Tutorials in Visual Anthropology, Ethnochoreology and Ethnomusicology, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Ireland.

2008-2012
Teaching Artist, Dance, Arts and Literacy Program of The Colaition for Hispanic Family Services, PS123 & PS116 Brooklyn, NY.

2008
Artist in Residence, Dance in Residence Program IS291, Brooklyn, NY.

2005-2007
Teacher/ Workshop Leader, Post Modern Dance Technique and Improvisation, Community Projects, Silesian Dance Theatre's X|||-XV International Contemporary Dance Festivals, Bytom, Poland

2005
Artist in Residence, Music Center of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA.

2004
Intern, Armory Arts Center, Pasadena, CA. Assistant to managing director, Quickbooks entry, letters to donors, assemblage of press kits, grant research and planning, filing, and general office maintenance.