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ESTIA Day Fest - Fall Edition
September 18, 2022 | 1:00-7:00pm | LaRussa Studio in Queens (map) | Tickets

Allison will be performing with SHIFT, Dance. Arts. & Media for the first time on September 18th at the ESTIA Day Fest. ESTIA Day Fest is a multidisciplinary curated biannual event intending to bring together artists of different mediums and calls them to explore their own understanding of the notion of home. ESTIA draws inspiration from the Greek goddess of the home reflecting a source of light, warmth and refuge and is based on a creative practice that invites collaborators to question how their own bodies function as archives, how they synthesize stories from their own past and how they are reimagining their future. It is initiated by the belief that our own bodies/archives store memories, histories and traumas and through the analyzing, decolonizing, and unfolding of our archives is how we move efficiently as a community and collective. Some of the mediums involved in this process include movement, live sound (digital and acoustic), physical theater, visual art, film, spoken text and others.

Events will be happening throughout the day including visual art installations, movement installations, dance performances on an outdoor stage, live music performances (including live band and dj), films projected in an indoor dance studio, spoken text, physical theater and anything else that our community might have to offer!





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Maroons & Suffragettes: A Greg Tate Tribute Concert Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Burnt Sugar/DANZ
August 20, 2022 | 6:00-9:00pm | Marcus Garvey Park (map) | More Info

Allison is excited to dance with Burnt Sugar/Danz in this tribute concert for Greg Tate! Burnt Sugar/Danz was founded in 2002 by writer/musician/conductor Greg Tate and dancer/choreographer/filmmaker Gabri Christa as a radical melding of Christa’s profound relationship to movement and Tate’s equally rigorous approach to music. The collaboration they formed was rooted in the work of Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber, the sprawling band of virtuosos that Tate founded and co-led – a multi-generational ensemble inspired by Butch Morris’ CONDUCTION system for improvising orchestras. Burnt Sugar/Danz, which made its debut at SummerStage in Central Park that same year, draws upon the cream of the crop in New York City’s music, choreographic, and dance-performance talent to create innovative, never-before-seen works, live, and in real time. Adopting Morris’ baton gestures and hand-sign vocabulary to dance, Burnt Sugar/Danz presents an alchemical blend of spontaneously composed music and choreography. This 20th-anniversary celebration, held in tribute to Tate, includes guest appearances by Harriet Tubman, the avant power trio known for its deep fusion of soul, rock, and jazz; the Resistance Revival Chorus, a collective of more than 60 women and non-binary singers; the Bardo Steppers, a deep-funk second-line procession of drums and horns led by bassist Melvin Gibbs; and DJ Reborn, a trailblazing international DJ, sound collage artist, and arts educator, also the resident DJ for Ms. Lauryn Hill’s world tour and the founder of DJs for Justice. Full show cast list.


Work-Study for GALLIM’s Summer Intensive
July 19-24, 2022 | 10:00-5:00pm | Chelsea Factory (map) | Register

Allison is very grateful to have recieved a work-study scholarship to GALLIM’s Summer Intensive. GALLIM’s Summer Intensive is planned for July 19-24th, live at Chelsea Factory in New York City. Participants will experience 6 days of full immersion into the repertory of trailblazing choreographers, Crystal Pite, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and Andrea Miller. Each day will include class, methodologies, repertory, and creative processes led by Andrea Miller & GALLIM artists (BLUSH), Cindy Welik-Salgado (Pite), and Ebony Williams (Cherkaoui). GALLIM is thrilled to be filling both large studios at the newly opened Chelsea Factory,  evenings will hold open rehearsal with Andrea Miller and New York City Ballet principal dancer Taylor Stanley, and masterclasses and HAPPY HOUR with Brian “HallowDreamz” Henry, all as part of the Festival of NY. 

Register for the intensive here.




Choreographic Coding Lab Open Day Presentation (Chatham UK)
July 8, 2022 | 2:00 – 5:00pm BST | A+E Lab in Chatham UK (map)

CCL will be facilitated by Scott Delahunta and Daniel Bisig from the Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University and Motion Bank. The CCL format offers unique opportunities of exchange and collaboration for digital media ‘code savvy’ artists who have an interest in translating aspects of choreography and dance into digital form and applying choreographic thinking to their own practice. This format supports working with patterns in movement scores and structures through finding, generating and applying them with results ranging from prototypes for artworks to new plug-ins for working with dance related datasets. The CCLs seek to support a sustainable collaborative practice among its participants, encouraging ongoing exchange in a growing artistic research community.

In a one-week interdisciplinary peer-to-peer setting, 23 participants work on their own projects, share knowledge and discuss ideas. The open day will be an opportunity to see the results of the weeks workshop. These results might range from prototypes for artworks to new tools for working with dance related datasets.



A+E Lab / 14th Choreographic Coding Lab (Chatham UK)
July 4-8, 2022 | A+E Lab in Chatham UK (map)

Allison will be joining the Choreographic Coding Lab (CCL) at the new A+E Lab in Chatham, UK where movement hackers and practitioners will gather to discuss and work on projects, ideas and challenges in a peer-to-peer setting. The CCL format offers unique opportunities of exchange and collaboration for digital media ‘code savvy’ artists who have an interest in translating aspects of choreography and dance into digital form and applying choreographic thinking to their own practice. This format supports working with patterns in movement scores and structures through finding, generating and applying them with results ranging from prototypes for artworks to new plug-ins for working with dance related datasets. The CCLs seek to support a sustainable collaborative practice among its participants, encouraging ongoing exchange in a growing artistic research community. Results from the previous CCLs can be found here.

Show and Tell: A Work in Progress Showing by Francesca Harper
July 3, 2022 | 7:00-8:00pm | Bethany Arts Community (map) | Register

In Francesca Harper’s new work in progress, Harper explores how media and entertainment commodifies and profits off of the erasure and harm of others while catapulting some into celebrity culture. How does our society benefit from brutality as it relates specifically to bodies of color? The work in progress is being produced by THE OFFICE, with a sonic tapestry created by rock star Nona Hendryx, daring movement created by Francesca Harper and artists from the FHP Collective. Costumes are created by Elias Gurrola, dance technology by Allison Costa and The Movement Lab @ Barnard, with lighting design by Tuce Yasak. They collectively create a choreographic work that explores this intersection of transparency and erasure, what it is we care to see and what we choose to disregard. The development of this work has also been supported by Works & Process’ LaunchPAD initiative in which they describe, “Process as a Destination.” Harper is especially grateful to Duke Dang, Caroline Cronson, and Abigail Lewis for providing this second residency @ Bethany Arts. More Info


2x2x2: a Night of Duets
June 22, 2022 @ 9:30pm & June 24, 2022 @ 7:00pm | The Tank (map) | Tickets

Allison is so excited to collaborate as stage manager and lead technician for this night of duets featuring: “You don’t have to love me, just accept me” by Aika Takeshima and Sara Pizzi, “Up and Down in Flames” by Fiona Schlegel and Cameron Barnett, and “We Don’t Own the Rights to Any of This” by Miranda Brown and Noa Rui-Piin Weiss. More information and tickets.  


Creation Board Dancer for Doug Varone & Dancers’ “DEVICES: Choreographic Intensive”
May 22-27, 2022 | Hunter College (map)

Allison is thrilled to have been selected as one of the “creation board” dancers for Doug Varone and Dancers’ DEVICES intensive. DEVICES: Choreographic Intensive & Mentorship is a program designed for choreographers, which kicks off with a 6-day intensive retreat in the dance studios of Hunter College in New York City where Doug Varone will share ideas about craft, design and composition. Key to Doug's process has been the development of finely honed creative games and devices, in which an abundance of material is built quickly then shaped and molded carefully to the specific needs of each dance. A “creation board” of dancers selected by Doug and the Company will be on hand so that participants can create their exercises and studies with dancers versed in this way of working.


“Sheila” at the 2022 Harlem International Film Festival
May 7, 2022 | 8:00-10:00pm | AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 Theatres (map) | Tickets: $15

The experimental documentary “Sheila” directed by Gabri Christa (Associate Producer: Allison Costa) will be presented as will be presented as part of the “Uptown Cinema - Saturday Short Cuts” for Harlem International Film Festival (Hi)’s 2022 official selection for its 17th edition – a hybrid event taking place May 5-15. This event will feature 7 short films and a post-screening talkback with the filmmakers.

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Moving Body - Moving Image 2022 Festival: Moving Body with Disabilities
March 28 - April 11, 2022 | Barnard College of Columbia University (map) and Virtual | RSVP

The 2022 Moving Body–Moving Image Festival focuses on the MOVING BODY WITH DISABILITIES and their representation on Screen, and will take place as a hybrid event in Spring 2022.

The Festival will have 3 parts:


World Premiere of “Sheila” at ScreenDance Miami 2022
January 18-28, 2022 | Perez Art Museum Miami (Tickets) and New World Center’s Projection Wall at Soundscape Park (Register

On January 22nd, Gabri Christa's new film "Sheila" (Associate Producer: Allison Costa) has its world premiere at ScreenDance Miami’s 2022 Festival as part of the Short Films: Open Call Official Selections From Abroad at the Perez Art Museum Miami (1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132). This event, happening from 2:00-3:00pm, features 11 short films and a discussions/Q&A with ScreenDance Miami Festival Director Pioneer Winter, and featured artists. Get tickets for 1/22

On January 28th from 7:30-9:30pm, "Sheila" will screen again as part of the Projection Wall Screening 2 selection. This evening of selected films is out of doors at the New World Center’s Projection Wall at Soundscape Park (400 17th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139) and features SHEILA by Gabri Christa; RAISON D’ÊTRE by Randy Valdes; DOLORES by Gina Margillo; and IN BALANCHINE’S CLASSROOM by Connie Hochman. Register for 1/28

Sheila (2021) is about a dancer who blows out a candle and finds herself in a magical world of memory , dance and presence. The film is an experimental short bio doc starring Sheila Rohan, one of the founding dancers of Dance Theatre of Harlem.

“Rethink Travel” Performance Development Workshop
December 2 - December 13, 2021 | Gibney, 890 Broadway and Movement Research

Rethink Travel is a verbatim and movement theatre performance led by Jing Dong and x. It mediates on the diversity of contemporary travel experiences shaped by personal identity, colonialist history, and complex political implications. Using the theatre practice of devising to collectively explore the performing of verbatim interview excerpts and experimental pedestrian movements.
Collaborating Dance Artists: Jing Dong, x, Bryanna Bradley, Hallie Chametzky, Rita Liu, and Allison Costa

NeurIPS 2021 Workshop Machine Learning for Creativity and Design
December 13, 2021 | 11:15am-9:00pm EST | Virtual platform | Register

Machine co-creativity continues to grow and attract a wider audience to machine learning. Generative models, for example, have enabled new types of media creation across language, images, and music--including recent advances such as CLIP, VQGAN, and DALL·E. This one-day workshop will broadly explore topics in the applications of machine learning to creativity and design, which includes: state-of-the-art algorithms for the creation of new media, artist accessibility of machine learning models, the sociocultural and political impact of these new models, and artistic applications.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers and artists interested in exploring the intersection of human creativity and machine learning and foster collaboration between them, as well as promote the sharing of ideas, perspectives, new research, artwork, and artistic needs. 

Full Art Gallery


SloMoCo Workshop
December 3, 2021 | 2:00-3:30pm EST | Zoom | Register

This workshop will present works by SloMoCo Fall 2021 artists, including: Ximena Alarcón presenting INTIMAL App, Kate Stevenson & Alys Longley presenting A Tilting Body of Precarious Maps and Migrant Constellations, quidanz technique presenting compudanzas, Kat Mustatea presenting bodymouth, and Allison Costa presenting Time Enough
More information and links to each manifold project to come. 



MeMoSa: Untethered 21 with Nona Hendryx
November 4, 2021 |  5:30-7:00pm | Barnard College Movement Lab, Milstein Center LL020 | RSVP

Introducing a work in progress by Movement Lab Artist-in-Residence, Nona Hendryx, training her avatar ‘Cyboracle,’ interpreting and translating sounds of the soul with visuals. Integrating Nona’s ‘audio tutu,’ with the Mi.mu Gloves and using Motion Capture sensors, to effect and amplify the souls’ voice, trigger and project images and light. Sound and motion, darkness and light, untethered, creating improvised SoundPlays. Learn more about Artist-in-Residence Nona Hendryx.

Avatar and world building by Allison Costa.


Co+life Performances with Dishman + Co. Choreogrpahy
October 27, 2021 | 8:00 - 8:45pm | Center for Performance Research (map) | Tickets: $15

Co+life is a workshop and performance event addressing the urgent need for new cultures of true care within the dance industry. 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. 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.


Installation: “Time Enough” by Allison Costa
August 30, 2021 - September 15, 2021 | M-F 12:00pm - 5:00pm | Barnard College Movement Lab, Milstein Center LL020

This installation presents “Time Enough,” Allison Costa’s Post-Baccalaureate creative research project studying our perception and experience of time through dance and technology. It is composed of 10 smaller-scale experiments, or “clocks,” each exploring a different element of Allison’s research. The installation will use immersive and interactive projection to lead participants in a reflection on time that not only presents Allison’s research but also allows participants to see themselves within the projected experiments (or “clocks”) with the hope of displaying and celebrating their own experience of time through movement and technology.


A Manifesto for Creative Producing
September 8, 2021 | 9:00am - 10:00am EST | Arts Electronica Festival “A New Digital Deal”

As interdisciplinary collaboration emerges as a vital linchpin in an increasingly interconnected world, the role of Creative Producer is coming to the fore. We appear across industries and sectors, and can broadly be identified by a common commitment to collaborative process, relationship building, and creative problem solving. For many, having self-defined and developed our practice independently, we are now looking for community and collective professional identity. 22 creative producers across 10 countries and 4 continents will gather to critically reflect on our role and the impact it has on the New Digital Deal, and co-author a manifesto for Creative Producing.

During the festival session Lizzie Crouch and Nicholas Medvescek will bring together the creative producer cohort to reflect on their experiences during the six week program and discuss how, through greater definition of the role, approaches and values, and the establishment of a community we aim to have greater impact as Creative Producers.

The 22 Creative Producers: Allison Costa (US), Ana Prendes (GB), Christiana Kazakou (GB), Cui Yin Mok (SG), Hyash Tanmoy (IN), Illya Szilak (US), Ilona Puskas (HU), Justin Berry (US), Kavita Gonsalves (AU), Kazz Morohashi (GB), Kofi Oduro (CA), Komal Jain (IN), Lizzie Crouch (GB), Madhushree Kamak (IN), Maria Kuzmina (RU), Mark Bolotin (AU), Matt Gingold (AU), Nicholas Medvescek (US), Ravin Raori (GB), Robin Reid (US), Viviana Quea (AT), Zeynep Birsel (NL)



Workshop: Student Artists-in-Residence and Post Bacc Skill Share
April 16, 2021 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm | Movement Lab's Virtual Lab

Inspired or intrigued by the projects Post-Baccalaureate Fellow Allison Costa and Student Artists-in-Residence Nkima Stephenson and  Elise Logan presented at the MeMoSa last night? Come learn some of the skills and technologies behind their different explorations, potentially including: qualitative data visualization, projection mapping and movement interaction, filming for dance and more! RSVP Required



MeMoSa: Student Artists in Residence & Post-Bacc Process Showing
April 15, 2021 | 5:30pm - 7:00pm | Movement Lab's Virtual Lab

Come see our Post-Baccalaureate Fellow Allison Costa and Student Artists-in-Residence Nkima Stephenson and Elise Logan present their work! See how these emerging artists have utilized the Movement Lab to explore in their different individual long-term projects and offer feedback as they move to new places in their experimentations. RSVP Required


“A Certain Slant of Light” in Festival of Spooky Action at a Distance 2021
April 3, 2021 | 1:30-2:00pm EDT | elektron.art

“A Certain Slant of Light,” created by Allison Costa, Feli Navarro, and Umlilo Siya Ngcobo, illuminates the process of exploring connectivity across the multidimensional spaces we inhabit. How do we breathe, move, and share together?
The performance was developed in the frame of “fruitful misunderstandings” online residency program between February-March 2021 under the theme of “MANIFESTO,” where 6 art professionals were selected through an open call to join in an exploration. Culminating in online performances presented at e⁻lektron’s second Festival Of Spooky Action At A Distance. The festival continues explorations on the field of transdisciplinary performing arts and shares works in the context of the phenomena of spooky action at a distance which was first described and named by Albert Einstein.




As a part of "fruitful misunderstandings" residency program, MANIFESTO, one of the residency collectives invites 10 participants to join them in an exploration of togetherness during the month of March 2021. The Collective is working on a relaxing performance ritual exploring breathing, moving and sharing together and being present in our bodies through a virtual space and will conduct one workshop around these ideas, with a performance between 1st and 5th of April 2021.


Moving Body-Moving Image at ScreenDance Miami
January 15, 2021 - January 23, 2021 | MBMI website

In previous years, Moving Body-Moving Image Biennial Festival has partnered with ScreenDance Miami Festival to share incredible films with Miami audiences. This year, our partnership expands to the virtual, providing full access to Moving Body-Moving Image 2020 Festival films not only for ScreenDance Miami audiences but also for audiences around the world. Come watch this collection of Aging & Othering, curated by Gabri Christa from January 15-23 online. Go to ScreenDance Miami Website


Workshop: Resilience & Resistance x Mobile Movement Film Series: Editing Across Forms With Allie Costa in Collaboration with Media Center
November 20, 2020 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm | Movement Lab's Virtual Lab

This introductory workshop series gets you started making movement films with your mobile phone. From editing a remotely shot choreographed piece together, or even creating live cuts on Zoom. In this workshop, we seek to peel back the curtain on what is onsite and what is edit. Join the Movement Lab’s Post-Baccalaureate Fellow Allie Costa and the Media Center’s Josalynn Smith and Eva-Quenby Johnson as they teach editing for your Mobile Movement Film, using available editing apps and much much more!


Organism Workshop Series: Design & Movement Event
August 14, 2020 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm | Zoom

Join us on Zoom from 5-6pm for Open Mouths: The Last Organism, our 3D living gallery of movement and design. This is a drop-in gallery opening and the last of our Organism Workshop Series. Investigating the concept of intuition, participants came together to create a virtual organism in the shape of a website and 3D virtual space. Come celebrate their work with us and explore our online art gallery!


Moving Body—Moving Image: Aging and Othering
April 4, 2020 12:00pm - April 5, 2020 6:00pm | MBMI Website

The biennial Moving Body—Moving Image Festival gives voice to social themes using the hybrid form of filmmaking known as ScreenDance. Curated by festival founder and assistant professor of professional practice Gabri Christa, this year’s daylong event explores the portrayal of the moving aging body on screen and includes films, installations, and a special conversation with two guest artists.


Livable Futures: Climate Gathering at Barnard College Movement Lab
January 15, 2020 | 11:00am & January 16, 2020 | 3:00pm | Movement Lab, Milstein Center LL020

The Livable Futures performance rituals, CLIMATE GATHERING, will begin an international tour in 2020 starting with a residency at Barnard’s Movement Lab in NYC Jan 15 at 11am and Jan.16 at 3pm.
Climate Gatherings integrate performance and creative community dialog to turn toward climate change and create space for feeling into action. Audiences enter into a charged and charismatic space of sound, light, motion and contemporary ritual. Audiences are intentionally kept small so the experience can be as immersive as possible. 


Workshop 5: Exploring Motion Capture with Allie Costa
November 8, 2019 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm | Movement Lab, Milstein Center LL020

Learn how to use the Lab’s different types of motion capture tools and set up situation based theatrics to investigate the relationship between captured and live movement.  

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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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