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Gabriela Tropia

Course Leader, MA Performance: Screen
Central Saint Martins
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Gabriela  Tropia


I am Course Leader for the MA Performance: Screen and am dedicated to nurturing a new generation of screen-based artists.

I am committed to fostering a community of learning in the classroom, where every voice is recognised as valuable. I like to encourage students to take risks and experiment, whilst supporting the development of their own unique authorial voice. I am particularly interested in Critical Pedagogy’s progressive approach to teaching and empowering students. I have published articles in Terpsichore in Zeros and Ones (ed. Szperling) and Art in Motion (ed. Hayes and Boulègue).

I am a dance filmmaker - my practice lies in the intersections between film, performance and choreography.

I directed Under the Cobblestones, a 20-minute film about freedom of speech and protest, in collaboration with choreographers Igor & Moreno and musician Bellatrix. The film was screened at the Cinedans Festival Amsterdam and awarded at Passion for Freedom Arts Festival London.

I have also created the short Units of Action, which has been screened in film festivals in more than 10 countries and was included in the Videodance Mercosul Compilation. Tableleg, a film I directed and performed in, has been shown at Sadlers Wells Theatre. I have been commissioned twice by T.H.E Company and the National Museum of Singapore.

My latest project made use of practice-as-research methodologies to investigate what an improvised filmmaking practice could look like. For this Jam Series, I took part in dance improvisation sessions, and shot and edited improvised films within a strict and limited timeframe of 2 hours. This resulted in a Pecha-Kucha and 13 short films.