YOGA WITH JESS / Saturdays 9:00-10:15 am / (No class on FEB 22, APR 4 or APR 11) Velocity Dance Center / Kawasaki Studio / 1621 12th Ave Seattle / SEPT 14 - DEC 14, 2019/ JAN 25 -JUNE 27, 2020 $18 drop-in / $60 4-class card / $112 8-class card Join me in the studio! I'm thrilled to be offering a weekly class in the footsteps of the great Kathleen Hunt. Build your flexibility, strength and stamina in artful and engaging physical classes. Explore the great ocean of awareness through breathing, meditation and refinement of your alignment and energy during this liberating vinyasa practice!
THE TEMPEST / DEC 11, 2019 4:00 pm / DEC 12-13, 20197:30PM Founders Theater / 8000 25th Ave NE Seattle Jess is choreographing her 12th musical for the Fine Arts Dept. at UPrep! The performance features US and MS Play Production students in a highly anticipated joint performance this December.
RECENT PERFORMANCES, TEACHING & PROJECTS HYPERNOVA / Confetti / JUL 20, 2019 / 8:00PM Yaw Theater / 6520 5th Ave. S. Seattle $25 at the door / $20 advance Join us in celebration our five year anniversary party as a company. Featuring live performances of new and past works, a silent auction, an amazing raffle, a champagne toast and fun dance party! Come dance the night away with HYPERNOVA!
Summer at Gage / Yoga, Bollywood Dance & Dance Trends of the Decades / JUL 1-19, 2019 / Students 6-11 years old Gage Academy of Art / 1501 10th Ave E Seattle / www.gageacademy.org Join Jess in three week long kids' art and movement camp at the Gage Academy of Art. Practice yoga to build your flexibility and focus. Discover the excitement of Bollywood dance and song through movement games and choreography. Build confidence and strength as you learn to dance with skill and expression. Each week will end with a culminating performance!
HYPERNOVA / Bitter Suites / NOV 8-11, 2018 / 8:00PM Velocity Founders Theater / 1621 12th Ave Seattle $20 ($25 at door) / $17 MVP Member / $15 under 25 (w/ID) / $50 Patron Bitter Suites mixes fact and fantasy in a coming of age story that celebrates the nostalgia of growing up. Imaginative movement, music, text, and visual design intersect in a dreamy, pastel landscape. This bittersweet story follows five performers as they examine their own memories surrounding the inevitable transition from childhood innocence to self-aware adulthood. Iconic imagery and references from late 20th century pop culture heavily influence the costume, lighting, and set design. The original score meshes classical structure with instrumentation prevalent in the 80’s and 90’s.
ASSASSINS / NOV 16, 2018 4:00 pm / NOV 17-18, 20187:30PM Founders Theater / 8000 25th Ave NE Seattle Jess is currently choreographing her 11th musical for the Fine Arts Dept. at UPrep featuring US Play Production students in a highly anticipated performance this fall. Assassinscombines Sondheim's signature blend of intelligently stunning lyrics and beautiful music with a panoramic story of our nation's culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it, embodied by America's four successful and five would-be presidential assassins.
The show reveals the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, in a one-act historical "revusical" that explores the dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, writers, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a roller coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.
Andrew Schneider / AFTER / OCT 25-27, 2018 / 8:00PM On The Boards / 100 West Roy Street Seattle $30 week of / $26 advance AFTER is a mind-bending performance examination of what constitutes a single life and the endless possible outcomes at the precise moment of death. AFTER combines intense light and sound effects with a physical performance that seamlessly integrates a rapid-fire flow of text blending pathos and humor with intelligence and vulnerability. Through the use of various theatrical devices -digital effects and pulsating sensory extremes- there emerges a poignant, shared consciousness about perceiving where we are, how we got here, and what comes AFTER . THE FALL KICK-OFF / SEPT 30, 2018 / 8:00PM Velocity Founders Theater / 1621 12th Ave Seattle $20 General / $17 MVP Member / $15 under 25 (w/ID) / $50 Patron + 3 day pass Relive the best moments of 2018 and preview what's to come in 2019. Celebrate with acclaimed dance works, micro-performances and micro-brews at the official kick off to the Seattle Dance Season. Jess will be performing with HYPERNOVA in an excerpt of Rainbow Fletcher's work Eleven Eleven which premiered at NWNW at OTB this past June.
Summer at Gage/ Bollywood and Yoga / AUG 13-17, 2018/ Kids 6-11 years old Gage Academy of Art / 1501 10th Ave E Seattle / www.gageacademy.org Join Jess in a week long kids' art and movement camp at the Gage Academy of Art. Discover the excitement of Bollywood dance and song through movement games and choreography. Build confidence and strength as you learn to dance with skill and expression. Practice yoga to build your flexibility and focus. The week will end with a culminating performance! Show off your new dance skills for your parents and friends.
Travel and Study in India / Recharge: Faculty Summer Experiences Grant / JUL 2018 Jess has been awarded a grant to study yoga and meditation in Rishikesh, Dharamsala, McLeod Ganj and Varanasi this summer. The Recharge program recognizes the connections among lived experience, personal enrichment and excellence in teaching. The grant offers faculty members the opportunity to pursue their passions, refresh their sense of purpose and enrich the student educational experience.
Legally Blonde / DEC 7-9, 2017 / 7:30PM Founders Theater / 8000 25th Ave NE Seattle "Omigod, Omigod You Guys!" Jess recently choreographed her 10th musical for the Fine Arts Department at UPrep. The show featured students in the Upper School Play Production class singing, acting AND dancing. To quote Elle Woods, "What, like it's hard?"
The Pina Bausch Foundation's "The Nelken Line" Project / OCT 2017 Early this fall Jess danced in a video remount of the classic Nelken Line walking choreography by Pina Bausch. The project features production and co-direction by Jessica Jobaris and Jessica Chung. The work has been shared with participants from all over the world on the Pina Bausch Foundation's Vimeo channel. You can also check it out on the videos page.
THE FALL KICK-OFF / SEPT 16, 2017 / 7:30PM Velocity Founders Theater / 1621 12th Ave Seattle TICKETS $20 / $25 at the door / $15 student + senior “If you’re looking for a sampler of the Seattle dance scene . . . you can’t do better than Velocity’s Fall Kick Off!” — THE SEATTLE TIMES Celebrate the official kick-off to the vibrant Seattle Dance Season. The Fall Kick-Off is one of Velocity’s most high-energy weekends of dance and performance. Each night brings together some of Seattle’s most gifted and charismatic artists to celebrate the talent and innovation of Seattle’s contemporary dance scene. Re-live the best performance moments of 2017 + preview what’s to come in 2017/2018. Jess will be performing a portion of Bitter Suites with Rainbow Fletcher's Hypernova Contemporary Dance Company,