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About Gerald

Gerald Casel (he/they/siya) is a dance artist, equity activator, and antiracist educator. As director of GERALDCASELDANCE, his choreographic work complicates and provokes questions surrounding colonialism, collective cultural amnesia, whiteness and privilege, and the tensions between the invisible/perceived/obvious structures of power. Casel is an Associate Professor of Dance and is the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Performance, Play & Design at University of California, Santa Cruz where they also serve as Provost of Porter College. A graduate of The Juilliard School with an MFA from UW Milwaukee, they received a Bessie award for sustained achievement. Casel founded Dancing Around Race, an ongoing community engaged-participatory process that interrogates systemic racial inequity in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. His most recent work, Not About Race Dance was awarded a New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project grant and premiered at CounterPulse in San Francisco with support from residencies at The Bogliasco Foundation, National Center for Choreography Akron, and Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography.

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