Joséphine A. Garibaldi
Associate Professor of Dance
- 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 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. Recent performances and exhibitions include Assisi, Italy; Tampere, Hameenkyrö, and Helsinki, 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.
In addition to devising, directing, and choreographing original performance works such as Mystical Bedlam, In God We Trust, Zaum: Beyond Significance, On the Backs of Our Mothers, Subcutaneous, GrudgeMatch, The Rule of Life, Sometimes it works Sometimes it doesn't, and Double Blindsided, Joséphine co-directs Callous Physical Theatre and 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 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 currently heads the dance program at Idaho State University. 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.