ABOUT ROSANNA GAMSON /WORLD WIDE:
"The choreography and music are gripping, the company is impressive and the uses of mixed-media are meaningful.” --Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times
ROSANNA GAMSON/WORLD WIDE (RGWW) has created bi-national collaborative projects in Lithuania, Poland and Mexico, and toured in North America since 2000 and in Europe since 2012. RGWW has led workshops and master classes and been presented and commissioned by museums, theaters, festivals and alternative performance spaces. In California our presenting partners include REDCAT, ODC Theater, the Skirball Cultural Center, and Grand Performances. RGWW's North American touring includes Teatro Raul Flores Canelo de CENART and UNAM in Mexico City, the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, and PICA's TBA Festival; the Dance Center of Columbia College, Chicago; and the XXth International Hispanic Theater Festival, in Miami, among many other venues. Our dance theater projects have been commissioned with support from the National Performance Network and the National Dance Project. RGWW is the recipient of six Lester Horton Dance Awards, including a Special Dance Innovator Award to Gamson for her body of work. RGWW's touring and travel support includes awards from LA DCA Cultural Exchange International, Contacto Cultural and the Trust for Mutual Understanding.
In 2018/19 RGWW's Still/Restless opens the Festival Internacional de Artes Escenicas de Panamá, andwith Chorea Theater Association, we remount our binational collaborative project TOV for the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.
ABOUT ROSANNA GAMSON:
"Whether retelling myths of being carried off or tales of contemporary transportings played out on the L.A. landscape, Gamson has the charm of the campfire storyteller or tribal griot, interweaving circuitous tales with movement, music, words and stagecraft. ...this choreographic provocoteur and her superb collaborators should not be missed." – Ann Haskins, LA Weekly
"Visual splendor is a welcome component of the pieces created by Rosanna Gamson for her nine-dancer ensemble. Few Los Angeles choreographers use theater technology quite so distinctively to fuel a contemporary vision." – Lewis Segal, Los Angeles Times
I make evening-length dance theater pieces that braid together several tracks of information– often via text, music, and technology– as well as movement. Each project puts me in dialogue, through research and physical inquiry, with points of view I don't understand, whether artistically or culturally. Striving to build a complete aesthetic world for each project, I pursue both stylization/metaphor and realness. I love extreme movement and the intimacy that happens between viewer and dancer on that edge. The major theme that runs through my work is the complexity of living in shared space, and I've pursued collaborations with artists holding points of view very different than my own that take me into unknown, and sometimes uncomfortable, worlds. My home base is Los Angeles, where the tensions between assimilation, identity, and home are a necessary conversation, and I want my work to reflect this.
– Rosanna Gamson
A native New Yorker, Rosanna Gamson studied composition with Hanya Holm, Bessie Schonberg, and Phyllis Lamhut and earned a BFA and MFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts under the chairmanship of Lawrence Rhodes. She performed internationally as a member of Andrew DeGroat & Dancers, and in the dances of Yvonne Rainer, workshop performances of Robert Wilson, and in many others’ dance projects. Additionally, Gamson studied with poets Charles Simic, Louise Glück, and Thomas Lux and her poetry has been published in a number of literary magazines and journals. Since moving to Los Angeles, Gamson has created nine evening-length dance theater works as Artistic Director of Rosanna Gamson/World Wide (RGWW). Gamson's continuing investigation of improvisation and group-authored performance practices, initiated in a collaboration with Lithuanian actor/improvisor Petras Lisauskas, has developed into Gamson's game system GO, which she began teaching internationally in 2017. Gamson has served as dramaturge, mentor and consigliere to both young and established choreographers and directors, and actively supports the development of the Los Angeles dance community through her Terra Nova choreographic residency program. Gamson is on faculty teaching composition at CalArts at the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance.