In a special performance for the 2018 River to River Festival, Of Granite and Glass is part of choreographer Catherine Galasso’s 10-part series, Of Iron and Diamonds, based on Boccaccio’s 14th century Decameron. The performance will combine her signature cinematic tableaux, whimsical nonlinear narratives, and charismatic performers to engage in a choreographic dialogue with the architecture and atmosphere of Brookfield Place, transforming the Winter Garden’s grand marble staircase into a dramatic backdrop for a dance evoking failed spring breaks, ecstatic dance rituals, and sacred StairMaster routines. Featuring performances by Doug LeCours, Jordan D. Lloyd, Ambika Raina, and Mei Yamanaka, with original music and sound design by Dave Cerf.
Friday, June 15 at 7pm
Saturday, June 16 at 7pm
Sunday, June 17 at 5pm
Catherine Galasso is a Brooklyn-based choreographer born in New York and raised in Italy. Past performances have been presented by places such as SFMoMA, Joyce SoHo, La MaMa, Danspace Project, MoCA Santa Barbara, the Bibliotheque National in Paris, the International Theater Festival in Kosovo, as well as underground Wall Street bank vaults and decaying 4-story homes. Galasso’s 2015 collaboration with choreographer Andy de Groat (get dancing) was nominated for a New York ‘Bessie’ and her 2011 Bring On The Lumière! was nominated for a San Francisco “Izzie.” Galasso has been awarded residencies from The Watermill Center, Headlands Center for the Arts, Kaatsbaan, ODC Theater (San Francisco), and ZonaD Studio (Bucharest), as well as commissions from Danspace, The River to River Festival, and the San Francisco Foundation. She holds a European Baccalaureate in Painting from an art high school in Venice, Italy, and a BA in Film from Cornell University.
All photos by: Victoria Sendra
Pictured: Doug LeCours, Mei Yamanaka
Direction: Catherine Galasso
For: River to River Festival 2018