Of Iron and Diamonds v1

Created by Catherine Galasso

With and for Christine Bonansea, Frank Conversano, Meghan Frederick, Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal, Ashley R.T. Yergens, and Catherine’s 8-month-old son Atlas Green

Friday | June 23, 2017 @ 7:00pm and 9:30pm
Saturday | June 24, 2017 @ 8pm

Tickets: $16 General | $10 Low-Income [BUY]


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.

Artist Bio

Catherine Galasso creates live performance at the intersection of dance, theater, and installation. Since 2006 she has created eight evening-length, cross-disciplinary, cast-specific works and numerous shorter performances, presented by places like Joyce SoHo, SFMoMA, Bibliotheque National in Paris, Harvard University’s Carpenter Center, Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, and the International Theater Festival in Pristina, Kosovo. Her Bring On The Lumière! (2011) was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award and is featured in the 2016 Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies. Her 2016 La MaMa revival of Jim Neu’s The Floatones (with co-director Keith McDermott) was a New York Times “Critics’ Pick.” Residencies include The Watermill Center, Headlands Center for the Arts, Kaatsbaan, ODC Theater (San Francisco), and ZonaD Studio (Bucharest). Galasso received 2015 commissions from Danspace and The River To River Festival, is a 2015-17 Resident Artist with LMCC’s Extended Life Program, as well as a 2016/18 BAX AIR.

Artist Statement

Catherine Galasso creates live performance that revolves around the contemporary dancing body, yet grants equal influence to light, sound, and space. DIY production methods are central to her aesthetic and politics. She embraces a raw look, while her characteristic performer-controlled lighting creates dynamic visual effects.

Expanding audiences is central to Galasso’s mission, by relocating the work outside conventional venues and structures of presentation, and by combining an avant-garde sensibility with whimsical points of entry. Her sources of inspiration include the man with the Guinness record for being struck by lightning seven times, and other obscure historical figures. These sources serve as scaffolding for abstract narratives and cinematic tableaux. Galasso’s assembles a unique cast for each work and builds a creative vision around her collaborators. She approaches casting as a form of curation, and every piece is cast-specific. She believes in the importance of building community for the audience and the creators in the process.

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