Biographies

Gala Moody

Gala graduated from the West Australian Academy of Arts (WAAPA) in 2004, after attending John Curtin College of the Arts and STEPS Youth Dance Company.  

After graduation, Gala joined Leigh Warren & Dancers for four years, touring both nationally and internationally. Meanwhile, her own works were shown at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, at the Melbourne National Theatre and the Playhouse in Canberra, collaborating with Australian artists including Frances d’Ath, Amanda Phillips, Sarah Cartwright, Alison Curry and Laura Wills.  

In 2009 Gala moved to Brussels to join Charleroi Danses -Michelle Anne de Mey for the creation of ‘Neige’, also performing in ‘Sinfonia Eroica’, touring extensively.

In 2012, 2013, Gala worked with directors including Romeo Castellucci, Louise Chardon/andwhatbeside(s)death, Cie.TPO, Anuschka Van Oppen/Cie.SOIT and Gabrielle Nankivelle. During this time Gala created the solo ‘A Body’ for Ivo Dimchevs Volksroom. 

From 2014 to 2016 Gala joined the company Ultima Vez/Wim Vandekeybus for ‘Talk to the Demon’, ‘Spiritual Unity’ and ‘Booty Looting’.  

In 2016, Gala joined choreographer Pieter Ampe for ‘It’s in the Small Things’.  Gala was artist-in-residence at the WAM! Festival in Faenza, creating an anthropological performance, ‘Re-Gesture Study’.

In 2017/2018 Gala worked with various fashion houses, such as Hermès, Issey Miyake, Youjia Jin, Y/project, Kenzo, Flora Miranda.. appearing in fashion shows in London, Paris and Shanghai.  She also choreographed several fashion shows in collaboration with Hexagon Collective. 

In 2018, 2019 Gala appeared in films “Suspiria” (2018) Luca Guadagnino, The Raft (2019) Sylvain Cruiziat, Anima (2019) Paul Thomas Anderson, Redemption (2020) Yael Bartana. Gala received an independent spirit award for her work in Suspiria. 

Gala presents her research in performativity in the context of co arts collective Cie.OFEN with long time friend and collaborator Michael Carter.   She also teaches workshops to Bachelor and Masters students regularly.

Gala lives in Brussels, Belgium.

Michael Carter

Michael Carter (Sydney, 1980), trained at The Australian Ballet School before joining The Australian Ballet Company, with whom he danced with from 2000 until 2003, and then again in 2006. Between he worked for several contemporary dance directors throughout Australia, including Leigh Warren, Sue Healey and Meryl Tankard.

In 2007 he moved to Spain where he joined first the Ballet Victor Ullate and then Compañía Nacional de Danza under director Nacho Duato, where he worked for several years, in which time he also created works in the companies choreographic seasons.

In 2012/13, Michael moved into the creation of theatre works, forming the company Cía. del Señor Smith, a conglomerate of actors, directors and artists. He also produced NOW! A series of one off improvised performances in site-specific locations. Michael has made 16 short dance films, and a series for youtube called Inside the Compañía Nacional de Danza.

He performed in the feature film The Book of Revelations directed by Anna Kokkinos in in the short dance film Homing directed by Xabier Iriondo. Michael is also a teacher, rehearsal director and has taught workshops on dance for camera.

In 2014, Michael accepted a position as guest artist with the company Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, afterwards joining the company full time in 2015 and where he continues to work to the present day.