Gabri Christa, MFA
Film and Dance Maker, Curator, Educator
By looking at what connects us as humans, my interest lies in opening up the discussion and removing some of the stigma and fear around dementia.
Gabri is Associate Professor of Professional Practice at Barnard College of Columbia University’s Department of Dance, Faculty of Filmstudies, Founding Director of the Moving Body- Moving Image Festival and Director Of the Movement Lab.
Words of Strength
Creating compassion through the arts
Gabri believes we can reduce the scale and impact of dementia by reducing the stigma related to dementia and aging through dance, film and storytelling.
Gabri is creating film and performance work, curating films, teaching and writing about dementia and aging to reduce the stigma.
As an Atlantic Fellow, Gabri expanded her knowledge of aging and dementia so she more effectively communicates in discussions, on panels, and in writing about issues related to the arts and dementia.
In Gabri's home country of Curacao, the recognition of dementia and the care is just beginning. Where she lives in New York City, aging and bringing the Arts to elders is an essential part of her community's mission, especially to the BIPOC community.
Gabri Christa received her Bachelors at the University of the Arts and Masters degree at the University of Washington and is currently an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at Barnard College of Columbia University, Department of Dance, where she also directs the Movement Lab. Her creative publications have received many awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship for Choreography and ABC TV award for Creative Excellence.