Gerald Casel and Suzette Sagisi in Taglish. Photo by Margo Moritz
San Francisco, CA
Gerald Casel was born in the Philippines and raised in California where he began dancing in public school. He received a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School in 1991 and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2007 assisted by a fellowship from the Advanced Opportunity Program. His choreographic work complicates and provokes questions surrounding colonialism, cultural amnesia, whiteness and privilege, and the tensions between the invisible/perceived/obvious structures of power.
Gerald has danced in the companies of Michael Clark, Sungsoo Ahn, Stanley Love, Zvi Gotheiner, Russell Dumas, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Lar Lubovitch and Stephen Petronio. Casel has created choreography for The Barnard Project, New York University’s Second Avenue Dance Company, Da Da Dance Projects and The X Factor Dance Company of Scotland.
Gerald is associate professor of dance and Associate Chair of Theater Arts at University of California, Santa Cruz where he was recently awarded a Hellman Fellowship. He has been on faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, Marymount Manhattan College, Barnard College, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and most recently as a full-time faculty member at NYU Tisch School of the Arts where he received the David Payne-Carter Award for Teaching Excellence. He has been Artist-in-Residence at Movement Research, Dance New Amsterdam and The Yard.
Gerald came to NCCAkron in the summer of 2019 for Dancing Lab: Immersive Media through Cunningham and a residency in support of his own work, Dancing Around Race.