Gabri Christa is an inspiring and unique Love Bomber creating and curating works of art in motion through dance and film. She is essentially a power house of making creative projects happen, those of others and her own. The intention of these efforts are to contribute to society in a way that helps to transform our understanding of history and humanity. She believes in collaboration, cross cultural understanding and dialogue. In our conversation we explore this terrain and hear some of her very unique perspective about the process of making things and how this helps to open up our eyes to something new, both within ourselves, and within our connection to others.
Gabri hails from Curacao and came to filmmaking after a successful career as a choreographer and dancer with companies such as Danza Contemporanea de Cuba and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Awards include the Guggenheim for Choreography, an ABC television award for creative excellence for her short film "High School" and Pangea Day Festival One World's 100 most promising filmmakers distinction. Her film KASITA won best short at Harlem International Film Festival. Her documentary about her Yoga teacher Leo Floridas will premiere in the 2016/17 season. Her new solo dance performances for Living Rooms will start touring in 2017. Other projects include a new installment in her series Another Building, a dance film exploring Creole Jewish identity in a dwindling community, and an environmental thriller for young audiences. She joins the faculty of Barnard College Dance Department at Columbia University as Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the fall of 2017. Her life long yoga practice fuels her approach to life and art.
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