In 2009, I met choreographer, Tamar Rogoff who was working with Gregg Mozgala, an actor with a mild form of cerebral palsy. Tamar created a dance piece, “Diagnosis of a Faun” for Gregg and for the next year they worked together on the project.
Since he started to walk (at age 2), Gregg’s heels had never touched the ground. Until recently, his lurching gait sometimes caused him to fall, he spilled his coffee, and his dragging shoes quickly wore out in the toe. In December 2009, he made his debut as a professional dancer in Tamar’s piece, Diagnosis of a Faun. In 2010 they performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Through their work together, Gregg not only learned how to dance, he also attained a more intimate knowledge of his body and its capabilities.
These photographs, fragmentary in nature, symbolize Gregg’s experience in his daily life, through bodywork with Tamar, and during dance rehearsals in 2009.
In 2012, Gregg started his own theatre company, The Apothetate, “dedicated to the production of full length plays dealing with the "Disabled Experience”.”
The company website: www.theapothetae.org
Gregg’s website: http://www.greggmozgala.com
Tamar Rogoff: http://tamarrogoffpp.blogspot.com
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