Gabriela Burdsall, born in Havana, Cuba, is a dancer and choreographer who lives in Miami, Florida. Her practice unfolds at the intersection of dance, performance, visual art, and theater, working with the body in its physical, cultural, and psychic dimensions. She graduated from the National Dance School in Havana in 2007 and received a Bachelor's in Contemporary Dance from the Higher Institute for the Arts in Cuba in 2015.
During 2007 to 2015 Gabriela began to work as a dancer at Danza Contemporánea de Cuba with choreographers such as Mats Ek, Àngels Margarit, Jan Linkens, Juan Kruz Díaz de Garaio, Itsik Galili, Rafael Bonachela, Julio César Iglesias, Billy Cowie, among others. She toured with the company and performed at Movimentos Festival in Wolfsburg, Lyon Festival, Brisbane Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Warszawa Festival, Incolballet Festival in Colombia, Adelante! Festival in Heidelberg and other theaters including Royal Opera House, Teatro Real, National Auditorium in Mexico, Gran Teatro de La Habana, Joyce Theatre, and Mercat de les Flors.
In 2017, she immigrated to New York City. She co-founded Living Away, a multidisciplinary art platform and festival with William Ruiz Morales, with whom she keeps a creative partnership. They developed the series Bojeo (Miami, 2021; New York, 2019; Havana, 2017), Circa Planeta (2020), ∑2n Ensayo de Duración (2017). In addition, she continues to develop projects with other artists as a collaborator and performer. Among her recent credits are Perimeters by Naama Tsabar (2021), Where Home Is (2021), The Commune: Chapter 2 The Anarchist by Bistoury Physical Theatre (2021), Changing Same (2020), Savana Glacial (2019), Almosteverythinghappenstwice (2017), What' Happening (2017) and Love me Tender (2016) which was developed in a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and premiered at the Tropiques Atrium in Martinique.
Currently, she is developing an archive exhibition and performance featuring re-enactments inspired by the artistic work of her grandmother, Lorna Burdsall, a pioneer in Cuban Modern and Contemporary Dance in Cuba. At an early age, Gabriela started dancing and being part of Lorna’s creative processes with many artists. Her immersion in these environments deeply inspired her vision of what art could be.
Gabriela is interested in creating places for experimentation in live art practices and developing a community that involves the creators and the audience. In her practice, she thematizes collaboration, the combination of multiple languages, and the experience of being born and raised in the Caribbean to expand the limits of the body.
"Movement, in a broad sense, is the tool I use to document experiential processes.
My obsession is to create unique places defined by its interactions, a site of multiple identities, no matter where you are born and where you are living at the present."