2010 Press

San Francisco Chronicle

Leah Garchik — October 4, 2010

“Meanwhile, dancer-choreographer Catherine “Cat” Galasso was the star attraction at an artist’s newfangled version of the old-fashioned rent party at Rebecca Solnit‘s place in the Haight last week.

ODC artist-in-residence Galasso is creating the interdisciplinary – dance, theater, light – work “Bring on the Lumière!” under the auspices of ODC, the San Francisco Film Society, Theatre Bay Area, the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the San Francisco Foundation. In the work, planned for a premiere at ODC in a year, the Lumière brothers, founders of cinema in France, are trapped inside their movies.

A $10,000 grant for the project from the San Francisco Foundation stipulated that she raise a matching amount by Oct. 15. At the beginning of the evening, she was $3,700 toward that goal.

Potential supporters got to see Christine Bonansea and Phoenicia Pettyjohn perform a dance piece that began on the hostess’ fire escape; performance artist Philip Huang told a children’s story about a mom with crabs (not the ocean variety); finally, the choreographer herself danced to music written by her father, Michael Galasso.The take for the evening was $1,744, leaving just under $5,000 to raise in the coming 11 days. Galasso is already successful and recognized, but she’s in the position of many young artists, dreaming of big things made possible by small gifts.”

Read the complete column here: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/03/DDN71FKG22.DTL#ixzz11nkmcgfx