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Gabriel Masson

Gabriel taught classes in modern and ballet technique and choreographed a dance for the Beloit students to perform in Chelonia, 2007.

About his residencies, Gabriel says "My work, like my class, is highly physical, spatially voracious, potentially aerobic and challenging in a fun sort of way. But, I am also very sensitive to the idea that this is an educational experience so it's important that everyone is invited to the party."

To see more of his work, visit Gabriel's website: http://gabemasson.com.

GABRIEL MASSON's career as a choreographer, performer and teacher spans 20 years. He has toured the world in the companies of Hannah Kahn, Rosalind Newman, Lucinda Childs and Doug Varone, as well as dancing in specific projects with various choreographers including Peter Pucci, Mark Morris and Michele Pogliani(Italy).

Since 1989, he has choreographed over 30 pieces for professional, repertory and university dance companies and from 1997-2002 he served as artistic director of his own company, Gabriel Masson Dance (GMDance), a national touring company, for which he created a critically acclaimed group of dances, The Human Series, Parts I - IV. In 2002, Masson began to investigate film and has completed two projects with differently-abled dancer Hamel Bloom: Almost Together, created with Emmy Award winning videographer Eliot Caplan, and FAMILY: PORTRAIT, created with Mexican videographer Ana Baer.

Masson has an international reputation as a teacher and has taught and performed at festivals worldwide including the American Dance Festival, USA and Korea; The Edinburgh Festival, Scotland; and the Sao Paolo Biennial, Brazil. He is on the rotating faculty of several prestigious dance festivals here in the States including the Bates Dance Festival and has been a guest artist at over 20 colleges and universities. After receiving an M.F.A. from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts he was on faculty there from 1990-1995 and from 1997-2001 he served as artist-in-residence at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, PA.

Recent projects include Clan, a collaboration with composer Peter Jones which was funded in part by the Bates Dance Festival and Meet the Composer; Museum Piece, commissioned by San Diego Dance Theater, which premiered at the Museum of Contemporary Art/San Diego and was chosen as one of the Top 10 Dance Events of 2004 by the SD Union Tribune; and Midnight, commissioned by Dancers In Company, which premiered at space/place in Iowa City, IA. With dance artist Sarah Ebert, he is continuing to develop and perform a multi-media duet, A Story About Apples, which was originally commissioned by David Capps and Toby Hankin, as well as a revival of Twins, a duet from the repertory of GMDance.

In October 2006 as part of San Diego State University's Presenting Series, Masson will premiere his new venture, Gabriel Masson Dance/San Diego. Collaborating with dancers and designers from the San Diego area, he is reviving Parts II and IV of The Human Series, LOVE: STORY and POWER: PLAY, in addition to several solos from the GMDance repertory and recently premiered works.

Masson's work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, New York State Council for the Arts, Dance/USA(NCCI), California Arts Council, the City of San Diego, Meet the Composer and various private foundations.