About Gabriella Carmichael
Gabriella Carmichael is a performer, a dance maker, a lover of words, a teacher, a glistening comet, and a proud dyke. Her work has been presented at Movement Research at the Judson Church, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Mark Morris Dance Center, Dixon Place, Brooklyn Ballet, The Tank, Triskelion Arts Center, School of Contemporary Dance & Thought, The Craft, and Smith College, among others. She has participated in NEEDING IT through the Helix Queer Performance Network/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, was the 2017 recipient of the Benny Simon Family Scholarship through Gibney, and has performed extensively with life-long collaborator Heath In Progress/Annie Heath. Gabriella is a passionate yoga teacher and teaches movement, meditation, and breathwork throughout NYC with hopes of instilling self confidence and bodily awareness. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the 5-College Dance Consortium where she studied dance and social anthropology.
Utilizing a voice that speaks with compassion and provocativeness, Gabriella is determined to reveal herself as a proud queer woman. She uses the body as a metaphor to document and discover human possibility-rewarding an explorer principle of delving into uncharted territory. She employs memory, writing, movement, and voice to bring forth thought provoking works about gender, sexual identity, love, sociopolitical unrest, and relationships. She aims to create immersive performance worlds by using extreme and repetitive physicality paired with high vulnerability, sometimes comedy, and always a tribute to the notion of “otherness”. She is inspired by nature, the queer bodies that came before hers, poetry, healing, corporeal trust, listening, and radical inclusion. She uses dance as a tool for empowerment, community creation, and finding space where we can feel like we belong.