︎ Happenings

Nona Hendryx Celebrates Betty Davis 
Nasty Gal |  May 9, 2024 | 7:30pm | Symphony Space (map) | tickets
Get Ready for Betty | May 16, 2024 | 8:00pm |  Symphony Space (map) | tickets 

Allison is excited to design projections for these two events celebrating the legendary Betty Davis. 

Nasty Gal: Join Nona Hendryx and special guests for an immersive evening exploring the world of Betty Davis, including her trailblazing path in music, her role as a fashion icon, and the importance of her sexual politics. Nona will be joined by Greg Errico (Producer and drums on Betty's first album), Dr. Danielle Maggio (associate producer of documentary Betty - They Say I'm Different), Jessica Care Moore (poet and executive producer of Black WOMEN Rock!), and model Winona Williams, with musical interludes by legendary DJ, songwriter, and producer Ultra Naté.
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Get Ready for Betty: Nona Hendryx, along with an all-woman band, pays tribute to the ferocious funk disrupter and agitator Betty Davis, whose influence rippled through the decades. Musical director Etienne Stadwijk.
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︎ Past Events Include:

Blooming in Embers 
February 16, 2024 | 5:00pm-midnight CET | Fabrica, Treviso, Italy (map)

“Blooming in Embers” is a journey that testifies to the possibility of a rebirth in hope and light, poised between forms of resistance based on reciprocity and primordial forces of destruction and eternal circularity.

The exhibition explores the boundaries of future interactions, contemplating the prospect of a post-human world, beyond anthropocentric barriers, and considering the Earth and its interdependent beings. It is a tribute to the collaborative spirit fostered by 17 international artists united by a common desire to create, physically move into new spaces and embrace the vulnerability and flexibility of ideas, practices and ways of knowing.

“Blooming in Embers” invites the viewer to experience the beauty of change and becoming, building a new interconnected and interspecific reality.

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Bibliotheque. Art, Music and Performance
January 26, 2024 | 6:00-11:00pm CET | Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice, Italy (map) | tickets

Allison is excited to perform “Movement Ecology” at Fondazione Querini Stampalia for Bibliothèque.

Bibliothèque reinterprets the experience of the public in the spaces of the Querini Stampalia, to involve them in an exhibition program of art, music and performance. Bibliothèque , a term that etymologically refers to the word 'téca' (casket, box in which what is rare or precious is kept), plays by assonance with the term 'discotheque' and explores multiple expressive possibilities: it reinterprets human and natural phenomena and the boundaries between different disciplines, looking for new connections between light, space, sound and movement, also questioning issues relating to climate change, proposing new community possibilities in Venice.

The event, curated and produced by Chiara Ascari , Isabella Picchi , graphic and communication project by Nicolò Pellarin , sees the collaboration of five artists resident at the Fabrica research center : Davide Balda (Italy), Roberto Cannarile (Italy), Allison Costa (USA), Stefano De Alessandri (Italy), Joe Habben (UK); Thuono Audio (Eleonora Bonollo, Mattia Rigon); Fulvia Larena and Iacopo Prinetti .

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Fabrica Residency
September 2023 - February 2024 | Fabrica, Treviso, Italy (map)

Allison will be based out of Treviso, Italy for the next 6 months, while she is in residency at Fabrica!

Fabrica is a meeting place for young creative talents from all over the world to live in a continuous exchange of experiences, workshops, lectures, projects, screenings and seminars involving extraordinary mentors, visionary artists and international professionals.

Every six months a selected group of creatives – informally referred to as “fabricanti” – undertakes a training and research path through photography, visual communication, interaction design, videography, writing, music and more. Each semester is curated by a program director who has had a fruitful and trailblazing career in the creative field after attending Fabrica. The program director stimulates and encourages the researchers to produce mould-breaking projects.

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Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Residency
June, 2023 | Ellis-Beauregard Foundation, Rockland, ME (map)

Allison is excited to be one of the June 2023 residents at the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation in Rockland, Maine!

The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation recognizes that the arts are essential to an open, enlightened society. The residency program values innovation, experimentation and creative risk-taking in all genres, known and as yet to be discovered. The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation envisions the residency as inclusive and diverse, prompting reflection and dialogue with other residents and the community, offering the gift of concentrated time and space in which to unveil new ideas and imagine new ways of working.

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LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs: Village
May 25, 2023 | 7:00pm EST | The Public Theater (map) | tickets

LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs celebrates her second book, Village (Coffee House Press 2023). In propulsive and formally inventive verse, Diggs examines how trauma reshapes lineage, language, and choice, disrupting attempts at reconciliation across generations. Questioning who is deemed worthy of public memorialization, Diggs raises new monuments, tears down classist tropes, offers detailed instructions for her own international funeral celebrations, and makes visible the hidden labors of care and place. From corners in Harlem through North Carolina back roads, Diggs complicates the concept of “survivor,” getting to the truth of living in the dystopia of poverty.

As part of her residency at The Movement Lab at Barnard College, LaTasha collaborated with dancer/creative technologist/multimedia artist Allison Costa to create a visual and sonic reanimation to accompany the book.

Joining her will be composer and instrumentalist Kaoru Watanabe and sound practitioner and artist GENG PTP.

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Dark Forest Virtual Performances
April 4, 2023 | 2:00pm & 8:00pm EST | Virtual | tickets

Choreographed by Cherri Nelle Thompson in collaboration w the Company Dancers of SHIFT, Dance. Arts. & Media Dark Forest highlights the levity of finding friendship and creating family with the weight of responsibility that one feels when those bonds are broken through loss. The plot of the Ballet revolves around a tragic loss of one and shows that unfortunately death can sometimes reunite people.

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Wall to Wall Women of Soul
April 1, 2023 | 3:00-11:00pm EST | Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space (map) | free (donate to reserve)

Wall to Wall Women of Soul shines a light on the incredible women artists of soul's past, present, and future. Join us for the classic soul you know and love—and discover fresh interpretations and new artists—in this high-energy, multi-genre, pure-joy celebration of the iconic women who defied the odds and defined the genre. Curated by Monique Martin.

Allison’s projection design will be performed during the 9:00-11:00pm slot: Enjoy a performance by Broadway powerhouse LaChanze, then keep the party going as singer, songwriter, producer, and Labelle member Nona Hendryx is joined by an all-women orchestra to perform the mind-blowing music of the trailblazing queen of soul and funk, Betty Davis.

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Dark Forest at Emerging Artists Theatre
March 24, 2023 | 9:00-10:30pm EST | TADA! Theater (map) | tickets

Choreographed by Cherri Nelle Thompson in collaboration w the Company Dancers of SHIFT, Dance. Arts. & Media Dark Forest highlights the levity of finding friendship and creating family with the weight of responsibility that one feels when those bonds are broken through loss. The plot of the Ballet revolves around a tragic loss of one and shows that unfortunately death can sometimes reunite people.

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Works & Process: ARRAY’s LEAP: The Reckoning by Francesca Harper, music by Nona Hendryx
March 11, 2023 | 7:30-8:30pm EST | Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (map) | tickets

Existing as a film and a live performance, The Reckoning is choreographer and director Francesca Harper’s response to the 2010 killing of seven-year-old Aiyana Mo’Nay Stanley-Jones at the hands of Detroit law enforcement. In collaboration with composer Nona Hendryx, Harper creates an expressive historical record of injustice as she explores the relationship between erasure and commodification in the media’s coverage of brutality against bodies of color. Dancers from Ailey II and FHP Collective perform in costumes by Elias Gurrola, with lighting design by Itohan Edoloyi and projection design by Allison Costa.

The Reckoning was commissioned by ARRAY’s Law Enforcement Accountability Project (LEAP), a propulsive fund dedicated to empowering activists to disrupt the code of silence that exists around police aggression and misconduct.

The development of The Reckoning and this live performance premiere is supported by Works & Process and developed in Works & Process LaunchPAD residencies at Bethany Arts Community with the collaboration of Gabri Christa and The Movement Lab @ Barnard. Presented in conjunction with the Guggenheim exhibition Nick Cave: Forothermore.

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Live Projection for Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris Conduction® with Vernon Reid, Greg Tate’s Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber, and Special Guests
February 9, 2023 | 8:00pm ET | MoMA, Floor 4, The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Studio (map) | tickets
February 10, 2023 | 8:00pm ET | MoMA, Floor 4, The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Studio (map) | tickets
February 11, 2023 | 8:00pm ET | MoMA, Floor 4, The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Studio (map) | tickets

Allison Costa’s live interactive projection will be accompanying each night of Conduction®.

British-born American Vernon Reid is a Grammy Award–winning guitarist, composer, producer, and visual artist. In the 1980s, he led the pioneering multi-platinum rock band Living Colour, and has collaborated with Carlos Santana, Defunkt, Janet Jackson, Salif Keita, and many others. Reid spent formative time at Just Above Midtown gallery, a hub of discovery and activism, where he gathered with other musicians, artists, and entrepreneurs to eventually form the Black Rock Coalition, dedicated to exposing anti-Black bias and racism in the music industry. It was through Linda Goode Bryant that Reid experienced an aesthetic awakening through exposure to many artists, especially the radical composer and musical theorist Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris. Reid leads Conduction® with Greg Tate’s Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber.

In 2023, Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber (BSAC) celebrates more than two decades of “never playing anything the same way once.” As always they give tribute to their sonic sensei, the maestro Lawrence “Butch” Morris (1947–2013), for showing them THE WAY of “Conducted” Improvisation. Founded by recently and dearly missed Village Voice icon Greg “Ionman” Tate (1957–2021) and co-led with Dayton, Ohio’s “Bubble” electric bassist Jared Michael Nickerson, BSAC is a sprawling band of musicians whose prodigious talent allows them to freely juggle a wide swath of the soul-jazz-hip-hop-experimental and avant-groidd spectrum.

In conjunction with the exhibition Just Above Midtown: Changing Spaces, the JAM Performance Festival continues the path-making gallery’s commitment to live art with new works by artists who performed at the downtown Manhattan gallery during the 1980s.
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November 25, 2022 | 3:10-3:30pm ET | Open Online Theatre Festival 2022 (OOTFest22), hybrid festival: Rich Mix, London + Online (map) | in-person tickets  | livestream tickets

Allison is joining the DISCORDANCE team as the NYC mocap stage manager, for this hybrid performance that combines live dancers, motion capture, VR technology, telematics and immersive theatre. DISCORDANCE features dancers in London and New York connected in real-time in the virtual space, co-present with participants in VR headsets and spectators in a proscenium theatre.

DISCORDANCE explores themes of multi-identities and the search for human connection. Follow the journey of a character through self-discovery, trying to fit in but realising that their otherness is what will help them connect with others.

It expands on the experience of a traditional dance performance by combining it with the interactive potential of immersive technologies. In this one-of-a-kind performance, audiences can choose their level of immersion and participation. In-person and remote audiences can coexist in the virtual environment and interact with the live dancers. Spectators can also join in the proscenium theatre and, remotely, on the livestream. Each format interweaves visuals from each virtual and physical location, making DISCORDANCE a truly unique hybrid experience.

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Caught in the .Net: A Multi-Desciplinary Residency Performance
October 22, 2022 | 7:00-8:30pm | mignolo arts center, Metuchen, NJ (map) | tickets
October 23, 2022 | 5:00-6:30pm | mignolo arts center, Metuchen, NJ (map) | tickets

Allison was selected to be part of mignolo arts center’s first multi-disciplinary residency program. Join us in the final perforamnce featuring work collaboratively created by Nathan Bishop, Allison Costa, Anthony Crosby, and Alyssa Vignone!

You made it to the internet
You made it to the world wide web
Welcome to the world wide web
You made the world wide web
You made it your own
And others like you
Made the world wide web
Then it grew
And expanded
But shrunk
And homogenized
Now instead of stars and rainbows and glitter

Caught in the .Net
is an immersive live installation piece exploring the influence of the relationship between our physical and digital worlds.
Please move freely through the space at any time. There is no right way to see the work. Follow what interests you.

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!

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. 

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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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