On behalf of the entire Dance Faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, it is a pleasure for us to announce that Sarah Weber Gallo has been chosen as the recipient of our 6th annual New Work Award. We congratulate Sarah and look forward to presenting her work at our Summerdances production on May 28-30, 2015.
The New Work Award was established to promote artistic interaction between our accomplished alumni and our current undergraduate majors. This year, the prize is a commission to create a world premiere for our undergraduate dancers based on the research, poetry, music and creative works of Martin Jack Rosenblum, an icon of the Milwaukee music community and member of the UWM Music Department who recently passed away. A Dance Faculty panel chose Sarah's application from a number of inspiring applications. We extend our thanks to all those who applied.
Sarah Weber Gallo (MFA 2013) is originally from Indianapolis and is currently dancing in her eleventh season with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, where she has been featured in productions helmed by an array of world-renowned directors and choreographers, including: Julie Taymor, Stephen Wadsworth, Mary Zimmerman, Robert Lepage, Adrian Noble, Benjamin Millipied, Graciela Daniele, Doug Varone, Mark Dendy and Christopher Wheeldon. Additionally, Sarah has danced for Donald Byrd/The Group, NeoLabos Dancetheatre, Sean Curran, The Radio City Rockettes and Margo Sappington'sAmerican Dance Machine for the 21st Century. She has enjoyed a fruitful collaboration with Berlin-based choreographer Elke Rindfleisch, for whom she has served as assistant choreographer/co-creator of numerous dance/theatre works performed in venues ranging from rooftops in Brooklyn to Das Pumpwerk in Berlin to Jacob's Pillow.
Her original choreography has been shown in both concert and larger theatrical settings at The Ohio Theatre, Gina Gibney, Movement Research, LaMama and Indy Convergence 2012. Her thesis work, Much Ado About Cucumbers & Cigars, presented at Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken, NJ found a welcoming response from audience and critics. Sarah holds a B.A. in Psychology from Goucher College and is the proud mother of Olivia Rosie Gallo.
Simone Ferro, Chair
Department of Dance