Gravity, movement collective, explores cultural norms by which society at large may live without ever questioning. Our work explores assumptions that injure us socially: fixed gender roles, heteronormativity, racism, greed, what we perceive as "pretty" or "normal." The group is interested in the habits and beliefs that they have internalized, including shame, self-consciousness, and judgement. They look to explore how that internalized self-deprecation may influence how they move through the world and in their movement practice. Gravity digs into what it means to be queer, white and/or cis-women and they are interested in how understanding those identities influences what they create artistically.
Sara Roergot an early start dancing in North Carolina as the southern drawling star of a many a home video. She became the youngest member of the Wilmington Independent Choreographers and a competitive gymnast before defecting to the North to earn her B.F.A., suma cum laude, at George Mason University. After a colorful college run that took her to China and back, Sara headed North again for a new home on the busiest island in the world. While becoming a New Yorker, she has had the pleasure of working as a founding dancer with b3w (Emily Berry) and the rehearsal director/dancer for danceTactics by Keith Thompson. She has also worked on projects with Susan Vencl, Heather McArdle, Karen Malpede and many others. She has presented her own work at various venues throughout NYC and NC. Sara is certified in both Thai Massage and Sen Theory (advanced practice) through Two Souls Thai Massage and is a registered member of the Thai Healing Alliance International. She has assisted Al Turner II in classes at Two Souls and the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and substituted at Dance New Amsterdam. Sara’s background as a professional modern dancer has exposed her to a variety of other somatic practices such as Release Technique, Alexander Technique, Klein Technique, Yoga, Pilates, various breathing exercises, and the Laban Institute's Certified Movement Analysis. Combined with the rigorous study of Thai, these additional modalities have strengthened her ability to facilitate healthier movement in the body and re-balance problem areas. In her sessions, Sara balances relaxation with education, as she gently coaches clients to focus on specific holding patterns, using their breath to aid her work in allowing the body to rest more deeply.
Photo: Ian Douglas
Nadia Hannan is a dancer, choreographer, writer, arts administrator, and arts educator from New York City. She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a BA in Performance Studies and is currently pursuing an MFA in Dance at Sarah Lawrence College. Nadia's work at this time is focused on exploring the intersection of abstract movement and personal narrative. Nadia currently works with the American Dance Legacy Initiative, the New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Dance, and as an intern for Movement Research. Nadia has also recently started exploring her passion for tumbling and aerial silks.
Photo: Anthony Collins
Diane Tomasi performs on the ground and in the air, as a dancer and aerialist. She began as a gymnast at the young age of 2, and later began to dance and she then was introduced to aerial through an inclusive, abled/disabled body workshop with Blue-Eyed Soul Dance Company in UK. Diane has performed at Galapagos, Slipper Room, Jacob’s Pillow, The Wild Project, Dance New Amsterdam, The Muse Brooklyn among other places and with Phaedra’s Cabaret, Ko-Ryo Dance Theater as well as her own solo work. Diane began teaching in 2001, and has taught classes and workshops in and around the US, including New York, Alaska, Massachusetts as well as the UK. Diane is currently a freelancer and teaches tumbling, acrobatics, aerial, dance classes and combination classes from ages 5 to adult throughout NYC. Diane’s classes are upbeat, judgement-free and social for all genders, sexualities, body types and levels. www.dianetomasi.com
A native of Florence, Italy, Alessia Palanti is a PhD candidate at Columbia University where she is writing her dissertation on contemporary films by Italian female filmmakers. She currently teaches writing at Columbia and her sections focus on gender and sexuality and on cinema. She was a Graduate Fellow at Columbia's Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, where she organized events related to issues of gender, sexuality, and feminisms. As a mover, she has danced and choreographed modern and contemporary dance through college in the US, presenting her works at dance festivals in Chicago and in the Midwest, and has received awards for outstanding achievement in choreography. In Italy, she pursued experimental dance theatre, and in New York City, she dances, tumbles, and performs at various locations including Lava Studios, and at Brooklyn Arts Exchange. More than just a passion, movement for her is an ulterior intellectual and affective exploratory tool and a means to connect ideas and people. She is excited about collaborating in choreography projects that interrogate the status quo and search for answers lodged somewhere in the body.