by Eric Geiger & Jess Humphrey
with visual & costume design by Jmy James Kidd
“There’s no way to know if they’re male or female, or of what race or class, but they’re too dazzling for anyone to care.” -Linda Yablonsky on Nick Cave’s soundsuits from The New York Times, October 3, 2011
JESS’movement research began in childhood with competitive gymnastics and continues today with performance, choreography, improvisation (including contact improvisation), somatics, contemplative practices, dance science, and the magic that happens when these areas are integrated. Working with Eric on Bigmouth has been the most fulfilling creative experience of her dancing life. Most recently, she has performed with LIVE, and in works directed by leslie seiters/little known dance theater, and Eric Geiger. Deborah Hay and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen are among her most important teachers and their work has influenced the contemplative and relational practices that support her dance making and living. She has an MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah, is a certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst (CLMA), a BASI® Pilates instructor. She loves continuing to learn through teaching at SDSU. jesshumphrey.com
I make dances and collaborate with other artists. Making connections within my whole self, and with others, helps me to navigate through, interact with, and attempt to make sense of the world around me. My values around performance and dance have been deeply influenced by my experiences in performing works by and collaborating with artists such as Bill T. Jones, William Forsythe, Stephen Petronio, Susan Marshall, Maguy Marin, Angelin Preljocaj, Nancy McCaleb, Sarah Shelton Mann, Deborah Hay and collaborative dance theatre, LIVE. I’m the Co-Artistic Director of PADL West, a laboratory for performance, art, and dance, alongside Karen Schaffman. I also do my best to guide courses around what dance is and can be at UCSD as full-time faculty. I’ve recently started my second year training as a Feldenkrais method practitioner. This work is helping me to better understand what the least amount of effort means as well as the idea of reversibility and re-direction in movement and other multiple contexts.
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