Joséphine A. Garibaldi


Associate Professor of Dance
Fulbright Scholar

Telephone: 208-282-6143


  • B.A. 1985, California State University, Long Beach
  • M.A. 1990, California State University, San Francisco
  • M.F.A. 1997, University of California, Irvine

Joined ISU Faculty in 2008.


Joséphine A. Garibaldi, 2013/2014 Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Contemporary Dance in the Riga, Latvian Academy of Culture, has performed, choreographed, directed and taught internationally and nationally for over 30 years including production of site-specific arts festivals Train and SiteWorks in Tacoma, WA, SiteWorks: Dance on Tour in Southeast Missouri and Big Dance/Little Space in Idaho.  An interdisciplinary artist, Joséphine’s body of work includes text and movement based physical theatre, fibers art, costume design, environmental installations, sound design, videography, and photography. Co-artistic director of Callous Physical Theatre, her work has been performed nationally and internationally including 2011 and 2012 exhibitions of The Rule of Life (2012) and Appartengono (2011) in Assisi, Italy; Cagevent: Sometimes it works, Sometimes it doesn’t (2012) with Paul Zmolek and Finnish poet Karri Kokko in Helsinki's 2012 Kontaining Performance Festival; and the permanent 5500' environmental installation Birch Loops in Hameenkyrö, Finland and collaborations with internationally renowned Finnish poet Karri Kokko, longtime creative partner Paul Zmolek, videographer Tom Hallaq, composers Robert Fruehwald and John Morrison, and poet/librettist G.B. Waldschmidt. During 2012/2013, Garibaldi collaborated with Zmolek, Fruehwald and Waldschmidt to create and premiere Double Blind Sided: A Compost Modern Movement Opera, inspired by Franz Kafka’s The Trial, Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Harry Partch's vision of a corporeal theatre.
Artistic Directors of Callous Physical Theatre, Garibaldi and Zmolek have devised over 20 original evening length performance works including Mystical Bedlam, In God We Trust, Zaum: Beyond Significance, On the Backs of Our Mothers, Migrant, XY, Subcutaneous, GrudgeMatch, GrudgeMatch:ReMatch, Shaking the Yoke, Forgetting by the World Forgot, Crow To Pluck, The Rule of Life, Sometimes it works Sometimes it doesn’t, and Double Blind Sided.

With Zmolek, Garibaldi is former owner/director of Barefoot Studios in Tacoma, WA.  In 2006, Barefoot Studios was honored by the Pierce County and Tacoma Arts Commissions with the Margaret K. Williams Award for Excellence in the Arts and AMOCAT Award for Arts Outreach.
Joséphine holds an M.F.A. in Dance from UC Irvine, an M.A in Interdisciplinary Studies: Creative Arts from CSU San Francisco, a B.A. in Dance from CSU Long Beach, has held faculty appointments at CSU Dominguez Hills, Loyola Marymount University, Alma College, Luther College, Southeast Missouri State University and is currently Associate Professor in Dance at Idaho State University. Director of Dance at ISU from 2008-2013, Professor Garibaldi spearheaded the recently launched the dance major, a Bachelor of Arts in Dance: Choreography and Performance. While based in San Francisco and Los Angeles, Joséphine co- directed the nationally renowned African-Brazilian Omulu Capoeira Performance Group and founded Omulu Capoeira Sul creating collaborative works with masters of Taiko, Flamenco, Kathak, Capoeira, Maculele, and Congolese dance that have been featured in the International Taiko Festival, the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival and other prestigious venues.

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