Kinetech Arts Featured Artist Presentations are a showcase for creators, artists, scientists, makers and thinkers to discuss their work and life. They occur on the last Wednesday of each month. There is a $5 suggested donation. This month Kinetech Arts is proud to present Catherine Galasso and Valencia James.
Catherine Galasso is a New York-based choreographer, creating live performance at the intersection of dance, theater, and installation since 2006. Her works have been presented by established venues across the US at places like SFMoMA, Harvard University’s Carpenter Center, Joyce SoHo, La MaMa, MoCA Santa Barbara, internationally at the Bibliotheque National in Paris, ZonaD Studio (Bucharest), and the International Theater Festival in Kosovo, as well as underground Wall Street bank vaults and decaying 4-story homes. Her 2015 collaboration with choreographer Andy de Groat (get dancing) was nominated for a New York ‘Bessie’ Award for Outstanding Revival. She has also worked as a choreographer for theater, most recently alongside Annie-B Parson and David Lang at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival in 2016. Galasso has been awarded residencies from The Watermill Center, Headlands Center for the Arts, and Kaatsbaan as well as commissions from Danspace Project and the San Francisco Foundation, among others. Upcoming commissions include the River To River Festival 2018 and ODC Theater in San Francisco.
Valencia James is a Barbadian freelance performer, maker and researcher interested in the intersection between dance, theatre, technology and activism. She believes in the responsibility of artists to reflect socio-political issues and in the power of the arts to inspire change. Since 2013 Valencia has been researching how artificial intelligence can be applied to dance, and co-founded the AI_am project. She has presented at several international forums such as TEDxGoteborg, the 24th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aires, among others. In 2017, she headed the creation of the project’s first evening-length production, AI am here, as artistic director, choreographer and performer. The show premiered in Budapest and Gothenburg. She is currently touring her solo Between the World and Me, which explores black female stereotypes. A 2014 danceWEB scholarship recipient, Valencia has performed widely in Hungary, Romania, France, Israel, Sweden, Argentina, and Canada.