Allison Costa

Co+Life with Dishman + Co. Choreography

a workshop and performance event addressing the urgent need for new cultures of care in the dance industry


Co+Life is a workshop and performance experience for professional collaborative dancers addressing the urgent need for new cultures of care within the dance industry’s artistic and professional practices.

With so many conversations around what true care looks like, Co+Life aims to nurture professional dancers who have struggled uniquely with the physical distancing and evaporation of work through this pandemic season. They continue to persevere with so much beauty and courage during so much a sector that historically does so little to support them.

Each Co+Life draws together 20 dance artists to engage Dishman + Co.’s deep listening creative process, building a short collaborative dance work under a shelter of radical care. The workshop culminates in performances and professional video capture that celebrates these brilliant individuals as they bravely embody our shared humanity.

The workshop invites introspection, individually and collectively, in an effort to activate healing and build creative community in a time of unrest and disconnection. The performance enacts these built connections, aiming to stir audiences toward change and draw attention to current dancemaking systems in need of reform.
Allison was one of twenty dancers to perform in the inaugural Co+Life event in October, 2021 at Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, NY. 

Collaborating Dance Artists:
Wednesday, 10/27 - Katerina Belmatch, Natalie Cantalino, Marisa Clementi, Allison Costa, Heather Dutton, Hannah Franz, Jenna Hanlon, Abigail Linnemeyer, Anne Marie Robson Smock, and Kayla White.
Thursday, 10/28 - Rohan Bhargava, Andrew Collins, Michaela Esteban, Alyssa Faye, Jamie Kleinschnitz, Andie Knudson, Nisani Lopez, Kathryn McKenzie, Lydia Perakis, and Jenna Purcell.

Co+Life performance at Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, October 2021. Photos by Zena Rigaud.

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Allison Costa is a dancer, creative technologist, and multi-media artist based in New York City. Her transdisciplinary practice is process-focused and collaborative and she is always interested in exploring new pathways and partnerships for creative experimentation.

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