Current Works

Notes from a Native Daughter (audio project created and produced by Soldanela Rivera/

Sh’or-e / Gold

A family rescues a girl in the late 1890s after her trip across the northern sea. A performance work that explores travels of family from Ireland into a future sense of place. To make the piece, I took walks in Griffintown, and traveled to Newfoundland to the energy of that Atlantic Ocean.

The Church at Ochre Pit Cove in Newfoundland with Lois Brown
Studio D325, Montreal

Neighbourhood Dance Works at Pony Locale in (St. John’s)
Studio D325
Casa Popolo

sh'or-e gold



(c)Marisol Diaz

Becoming a Boogie-Down Rican
Created and performed by Jane Gabriels
Directorial Consultant: Miguel Anaya
Audio: Arthur Aviles interview, Caridad De La Luz/La Bruja “Nuyorico,” and voice-over by Leenda Bonilla

This solo work is sourced from the South Bronx.
It’s my individual story about becoming part of a collective, a South Bronx community. It is a solo, but I am not alone.

As a mash-up of influences, movement gestures and textual narratives; it’s my experimentation with and reflections of this incredible borough.

JuanaJane links her melodic voice, movement prowess and on beat humor in a daring new performance pieceCharles Rice-Gonzalez, BAAD!

This piece is about our day-to-day life in NYC that includes all who live in the city, without discrimination towards background, and with a universal movement vocabulary that reaches and touches everyone of us.   - Pedrosorio, NYC

Future plans for this project – including artists mentioned in the piece through live performance collaborations and/or via video and audio.

In the Bronx, the work was developed through presentations at BAAD!/Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance in their Boogie Down Dance Series, studio showing at Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, and an excerpt at Pregones Theater. In Manhattan and Brooklyn: SoHo Rep, Dixon Place (at the invitation of Arthur Aviles), Movement Research Judson Church, New York Live Arts/Movement Research studio series, Movement Research Eden’s Expressway, Chez Bushwick, as well as at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), University of Limerick (Ireland), Northwestern University (Chicago), and in Montreal (Canada): Studio 303, Casa del Popolo, mange mes pieds studio, La Elastica, and Sala Rossa.



1940s chanteuse in a 21st Century fairytale

© Christine Darch




Tribute concert to the 1990s music scene




Poem to accompany choreographer Ori Flomin’s “First Move” (2015)

Muscle Memory: Ori Flomin and dancers premiere new work at Gibney
Katherine Bergstrom
But the most existential expressions came from the poem, also entitled First Move, by Jane Gabriels that was included in Flomin’s program notes and inspired by the questionnaire responses. “Dance chooses me, chose me,” its narrator asserts. “Still. I doubt I am good enough. Still. I cannot NOT dance.” Though these words were likely contributed by a mature dancer, they could just have just as easily come from a high school student. Dance seems to have this effect on people, regardless of generation or location.

“First Move,” a new work by Ori Flomin at Gibney Dance
Eva Yaa Asantewaa
“How the world falls away the minute I step onstage,” begins a poignant poem in the program notes, its lines plucked from survey responses by Jane Gabriels.

from left: Flomin, Button, and Gonyo. Photo by Alex Escalante.


First Moves *

How the world falls away the minute I step onstage.
You, there, in the dark, waiting.
Then the space between my sternum bone and wrist.
The space where I raise my arms.
I wait for the body to tell me.
Dance chooses me, chose me.
I doubt I am good enough.
I cannot NOT dance.
My genuine place of heart meeting meaning.
Time, running, out.
Tell me.
I am exploring, no expectations.
Tell me how.
I will always leave myself someplace to go.
With you.
Your attention to how I move.
I will go.
I already have some ideas I’m really excited about.
We are wolves, hot exhales pushing into an icy night.

— Jane Gabriels
* incorporates and is inspired by some of the responses to surveys that Ori Flomin sent out to 40 dancers


Memory Water

Self-published book of poems with original artwork by Marisol Diaz, Lady-K Fever, Jose Ortiz, Emma Tapley (2005).

Jane Gabriels is a great eavesdropper – not the nosy, meddlesome one, but that one: the always curious and attentive poet, whether headspun in the rush of the lively Bronx or contemplating the elegiac she can be haunting and hilarious. Her poems are impressive varieties of movement and stillness.
– Patrick Rosal, Poet Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive

Book launch: Sin-e Bar
(150 Attorney Street) poetry reading with dance performances by Alicia Diaz, Melanie Maar, Marion Ramirez, Antonio Ramos, Todd Williams.