IS A QUEER, WHITE, GENDER FLUID FEMME, TEACHER &
MULTIMEDIA IMPROVISATIONAL DANCE ARTIST
Their research-driven work explores the relationship between the body, ritual, sexuality and the inner emotional landscape. They move between pleasure and rigor, exploring embodiment and effort. They are motivated by collaboration, between people, materials, language, and text and is concerned largely with transference. They disrupt traditional roles of spectatorship in relation to their work. Zoë interrogates the stigmatization of sexuality by blurring the boundary between private and public and employs an aesthetic that is both sensual and grotesque. Their process emphasizes chance based methods of composition and score based work.
Zoë is also a body-centered coach, Ayurvedic practitioner and somatic movement and integration teacher. They studied trauma-informed mindfulness with The Lineage Project and completed their 200hr YTT with Kula Yoga Project. Their biggest influences and most inspiring teachers include Zach Dacuk, Amy Mathews, Magi Pierce, and Nikki Costello. They have been mentored and taught by the generous and brilliant Alexandra Beller in Laban Movement Analysis and in framing their teaching pedagogy. They've studied Ayurveda with Yamuna Bihari and Bryn Hlava. Their teaching is trauma-informed, combining dance, Ayurvedic science, somatic movement, authentic movement, yoga in the lineage of B K S Iyengar, strength-based kinesthetics, and neuroscience. They have taught in schools, studios and works privately with individuals, building a program designed to meet the unique needs and desires of the people they work with.
Zoë studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and earned their BA in Community Studies and BFA in Fine Art with an emphasis in printmaking from the University of California Santa Cruz. Zoë Galle is a recipient of Motion Pacific’s Incubator grant and is a founding member of Lîla Artists, a New York based dance project as well as Shift the Grid, a Santa Cruz based dance project. Zoë has shown work in Seattle at Velocity Dance Center, in Santa Cruz at Motion Pacific, the 418 Project, and choreographed for Danny Scheie post grad at the University of California Santa Cruz. They have shown work in San Francisco at the Joe Goode Annex, in New York City at Dixon Place, BAX, Eden’s Expressway, The Nightingale-Bamford School, The Martha Graham Studio, Gibney: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center and at Rhode Island College.