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Joséphine A. Garibaldi

Published June 5, 2015


Associate Professor
Chair of Dance
School of Dance


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Joséphine A. Garibaldi is an interdisciplinary performing artist, educator and administrator dedicated to fostering collaborative art-making across communities, disciplines and cultures regionally, nationally and internationally through a dialogic practice of art-making and pedagogy.

A 2013/2014 Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Contemporary Dance at the Latvian Academy of Culture in Riga, Latvia, Garibaldi has collaboratively devised over 20 original performance, installation and digital works including Stories from the Park, Grass is Green, and LIVE in Riga, Latvia; The Rule of Life and Appartengono in Assisi, Italy; Cagevent: Sometimes it works, Sometimes it doesn’t Helsinki, Finland; the contemporary opera Double Blind Sided and the permanent 5500′ environmental installation Birch Loops in Hameenkyrö, Finland.

Garibaldi, artistic director of Callous Physical Theatre, was the founder of Omulu Capoeira Sul in Los Angeles and past director of Omulu Capoeira Performance Group in San Francisco. Joséphine directed the community-based interdisciplinary arts academy/gallery/theater/live-work space Barefoot Studios in Tacoma, WA which was honored by the Pierce County and Tacoma Arts Commissions with the Margaret K. Williams Award for Excellence in the Arts and AMOCAT Award for Arts Outreach.

Garibaldi was founding member of two not-for-profit performing arts collectives including the Barefoot Collective; producer/director of site-specific performance festivals SiteWorks: Dance on Tour; SiteWorks 2006, SiteWorks 2009, Train and Big Dance/Little Space; education director for all-ages interdisciplinary arts programs; chair of a municipal arts council; and past director of dance at Idaho State University where she authored the BA in Dance Performance and Choreography. Additional faculty appointments include Southeast Missouri State University, Luther College, Alma College, Loyola Marymount University, and CSU Dominguez Hills.

Areas of Responsibility

School of Dance


MFA Dance, University of California, Irvine
MA Interdisciplinary Studies in Creative Arts, California State University, San Francisco
BA Dance, California State University, Long Beach

Teaching Areas

Modern and Contemporary Technique, Composition, Physical Theatre, Dance Studies, Performance Studies, Arts Management, Dance Technology, Capoeira

Research Areas

Devising of original performance works, intermedial performance works, environmental installations, video and site-based performance.

My primary creative methodology is dialogic devising that draws upon ritual based forms and performance as transformative act which reveals Grotowski’s holy actor. The roots of Dialogic Devising are pedagogical, developing out of content-based approaches I have utilized as artist-in-schools and as instructor for teaching methods courses. I draw inspiration from Paolo Freire’s theory of dialogic action, perceiving artists as agents of cultural change. Through active dialogue and the physical interaction with others I collaboratively work to reveal creative solutions to problems that could not have been possibly conceived without that interactive in-between space of play that dialogue engenders.

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