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Dance Artist  Craniosacral Therapist  Teacher

I am a multi-disciplinary artist who is passionate about creating space for human-to-human connection.

I want to share what I know about physical bodies and the beauty, love, joy, trauma, history, lineage, and life within them through art, embodied therapy, classes, and writings

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Shift//Loss

video coming soon!

 

I began this work reading about trees, depth psychology, indigenous wisdom and, of course, myth and archetype. It has become a 20-minute piece about internal transformation from a deeply feminine perspective. Music is, as always, composed and performed by Dustin Carlson. This showing will include my work along with fellow resident, Preethi Ramaprasad, who is a brilliant scholar and artist. The showings are followed by a group discussion and I am so excited to listen/learn from Preethi, Deborah, and all of you. 

Isabel by Elizabeth Romanski

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By settling and focusing, we can access more of our energy. By beginning with simple awareness of sensation, we can build towards greater range of movement. By noticing and riding the present movement in our bodies and in the space around us, we can let go of effort, stress, tension, and unhelpful thought. By noticing the space around our bodies, we realize we are connected to each other and every other living being; this connection is palpable and tangible. All of a sudden, we are not alone. 
Earth Day 2021: Embodied Activism

Watch the film HERE

Focusing on carbon emissions and governmental changes to stop global warming often feels out of our hands. Earth Day, 2021 invites us, individually and collectively, to become more mindful of our actions, as this mindfulness can ripple out into how we participate at systemic and organizational levels in the climate awareness fight. Often causes such as gender equality or climate awareness are used as moral licensing to dodge racism. Our ongoing work as people and artists is to incorporate the intersectionality of racism, environmentalism, sexism, and any other “-ism”.

“They have a gift of moving the crowds and shifting energy levels to help us reconnect with our bodies and selves.”- KODA

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When George Floyd was killed and protests began breaking out in nyc, I was asked to write for the blog of my Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy training program, Stillpoint. Understanding Our Part and Our Place is written from my experience in the BCST community, and though some terminology may not be in your current vocabulary, I do believe the message is clear.

What people are saying:

"I...was impressed, intrigued and pulled to your work."

"So well written... truly a gift. I hope many read and are able to appreciate your words of compassion and truth."

Wandering

a dance film

 

New music and dance celebrates collaboration within the pandemic. 

 

Wandering is a four movement dance film set to a guitar suite composed by Dustin Carlson and performed by Andrea Gonzalez Caballero. The film and movement are the result of a collaboration between Angelo Vasta and dancers Yeman Brown, Isabel Umali, Ashley Menestrina, and Justin Daniels. The music was commissioned by The Gabriela Lena Franck Creative Academy of Music and because of the current challenges with live performance, Dustin and Andrea agreed that a dance film would make an excellent debut.  

 

"Both jazz and flamenco are musical embodiments of struggle and transcendence of oppressive forces; both are instances where intuitive genius overrides formalism. Both are musics whose foundational practitioners had to endure racism and bigotry, a fact which for me, being a white, male US citizen, was an additional motivation to reflect on my feelings regarding privilege, disappointment, and shame. The final project is a true collaboration between commissioner, composer, performer, dancers, and filmmaker. The result is a celebration of artists and of creative resilience. "

-Dustin Carlson, composer & producer

 

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