Assistant Professor of Professional Practice
Gabri Christa hails from Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean and worked as a choreographer and dancer with companies such as Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, DanzAbierta and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Awards include the Guggenheim for Choreography, and five Jerome Foundation grants. Her choreographies have been presented nationally, internationally and locally at Central Park Summer Stage, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Symphony Space, PS122 and for five seasons at Dance Theater Workshop (now New York Live Arts).
Awards for her films include an ABC television award for Creative Excellence for her short film High School and Pangea Day Festival’s One of the World’s 100 Most Promising Filmmakers distinction. Her film KASITA (2014) won best short at the Harlem International Film Festival and her documentary "One Day at a Time" (2016) about Caribbean Yoga Master Leo Floridas won Best Short Documentary at the same festival HIFF.
Gabri's current multi media project MAGDALENA had it's first preview in the fall of 2017 and will premiere in the fall of 2018 in New York City. She received a Netherland-America Foundation support for the short film for the Magdalena project. She is a 2018 Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health, related to the Magdalena Project's themes of Dementia and aging. She continues her collaborative work with Burnt Sugar Danz Conduction.
Christa’s writing on dance and film has been published in The Scholar & Feminist (Barnard) and in “Caribbean Dance; from Abekua to Zouk”, (editor Susanna Sloat BC ‘68) and Winner of the De La Torre Price. Service to the field includes being on the DANCE/NYC Advisory board, In 2015, Christa was appointed to Mayor de Blasio’s Cultural Advisory Committee which was extended for another 4 year term with Mayor de Blasio's re-election in 2018.
Teaching credits include Princeton University, Connecticut College, and CUNY’s College of Staten Island. Gabri Christa holds a BFA from the School for New Dance Development, College for the Arts in Amsterdam and a MFA from the University of Washington.
Modern Dance Technique
Dance in Film
New York Women in Film and Television
Dance Films Association
Advisory Committee / Dance NYC
Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission for NYC appointed by Mayor de Blasio in 2015
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