GERALDCASELDANCE creates and presents dances that ask questions about human beings – who they are, what they do and how their actions affect the world in which they live. Each dance provokes reflection and implants its imagery into the viewer’s psyche by combining movement and spatial composition with metaphor. Dropping hints of narrative while inviting space for contemplation, the dances deliver multiple levels of interpretation and meaning.
Lately, Gerald Casel’s choreographic research complicates and provokes questions surrounding colonialism, collective cultural amnesia, whiteness and privilege, and the tensions between the invisible/perceived/obvious structures of power. To this end, Casel has led a community engagement program called Dancing Around Race, activating the community through candid discussions around racial equity.
The company’s creative process strives for inventing new movements and structures that seek explanations to what humans fear, love and hate. GERALDCASELDANCE supports collaboration between dance, sound design, and emerging technology – mixing performance with recorded and live video projections to enhance the experience of seeing and feeling dance. Dedicated to continuing and disseminating the tradition of dance as an art form, the company teaches technique classes to dancers as a daily practice as well as master classes and workshops to diverse communities. Because of this the company strives to advance dance as a conduit for communication, expression and personal growth.
GERALDCASELDANCE is a San Francisco-based company and has been presented at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, Movement Research at Judson Church, Dance New Amsterdam, Dance Theater Workshop (Fresh Tracks and SplitStream), Joyce SoHo, Dixon Place, Dancenow NYC, Aaron Davis Hall, 92nd Street Y’s Sundays at 3, The Yard, Jacob’s Pillow (Inside/Out), Danceworks (Milwaukee), Conduit (Portland), ODC Theater (San Francisco) and throughout Scotland following a company residency at Dancebase Edinburgh. Gerald Casel has been an artist in residence at ODC Theater, Movement Research, and has been awarded fellowships though the Hellman Foundation and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (Freedom Fellow).