Who We Are
Faculty Director, Movement Lab and Assistant Professor, Dance Department
Gabri Christa teaches Dance, Composition, Screendance and Dance in Film. At Barnard, she started the Moving Body – Moving Image Festival a bi-annual Screendance Festival around Social themes.
Gabri Christa came to filmmaking after a successful career as a choreographer and dancer with companies such as Danza Contemporanea de Cuba and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Awards include the Guggenheim for Choreography, an ABC television award for creative excellence for her short film “High School” and Pangea Day Festival’s one World’s 100 most promising Filmmakers distinction. Her films KASITA and her Documentary UN DIA KADA MOMENTU won several awards. She wrote, choreographed and produced and is currently performing her one woman multi-media show MAGDALENA about her mother and dementia. She is an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health.
To learn more about Gabri, please see her faculty profile or go to www.gabrichrista.com
Guy de Lancey
Studio Manager, Designer, Technologist, Media Center & Movement Lab
Guy de Lancey is an award winning director, designer and conceptual detective across many disciplines, with a background in Performance, Human Movement and Neuro-psychology.
He was awarded a collaborative research grant to attend Fabrica, the Benetton cross- disciplinary Arts and Communication Research Center in Italy under the directorship of Godfrey Reggio and Oliviero Toscani. He also studied creative and screen writing at NYU.
He comes to Barnard with over twenty years in multiple forms of image and story making practice, having worked in film and theater as director, cinematographer, lighting and scenic designer and technical design consultant. Information about his work can be seen at www.guydelancey.com
He oversees the collaborative use and project development of the movement lab, as well as scheduling of the space. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Graduate Assistant, Movement Lab
Georgia is a relatively new addition to the Barnard Movement Lab, having arrived in NYC in 2019. She graduated magna cum laude as a biology major from Wheaton College. During that time she examined the intersectionality of health through pre-med coursework, independently directed healthcare research on the student experience, and explorations of human movement via athletics and dance. Rather than taking the more traveled path of medical school, she has committed herself to learning more about movement, health and creativity. Intentional movement has been a consistent focus of Georgia's life whether climbing mountains, dancing, long jumping or swinging from the chandelier as a toddler. Georgia can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions regarding the use of the movement lab, student programming, and department collaboration.
Post-Baccalaureate Fellow, Movement Lab
Allison (Allie) Costa (BC’ 19, Dance and Computer Science) is a New York City based dancer, poet, burgeoning choreographer and computer scientist focusing on human-computer interaction.
Fascinated with finding ways to visualize the intangible, she is experimenting with using technology to expand our understanding of human movement potential, as well as using graphics and dance to physicalize data; the immaterial information “stored” in computers. In Spring 2019 she investigated inherent movement inclinations in dancers as a Student Artist in Residence at the Movement Lab. Specifically, she examined improvisation and how, if given feedback via technology, a dancer can adjust their movement to minimize redundancy and expand their range. She hopes to unite the two universal languages of dance and technology to engage a larger audience and breakdown the gap between these two symbiotic fields. Allie can be reached at email@example.com for questions concerning the Movement Lab or project development.