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Jessie Young
Part-Time Lecturer
Dance
Degrees & Accomplishments
MFA in Choreography and Pedagogy, University of Illinois Urbana – Champaign
BFA in Modern Dance, University of Utah

Jessie Young is a Brooklyn-based choreographer, dancer and teacher originally from the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. She develops physically rigorous performances, interested in constructing and distilling atmospheres that surround the choreographed work. Often, her work with photography/collage, creative writing and sound design ride parallel to the dances she makes – directly informing the ecology of the work.

She approaches choreography as a poetic provocation, and sees dance as a form that must constantly redefine itself in relationship to shifting sensorial, emotional, political, and cultural circumstances. Fueled by an urgent curiosity, she traverses the lush landscape of human experience in a process of magical thinking and persistent questioning, editing, and distilling. She is inspired by fortitude and resilience, and cultivates those qualities in my work through burrowing emerging choreographic material within layers of chaos and distortion to provide it with a surface to echo, burn, or pierce through.

In New York, her work has been presented by Danspace Project (DraftWork) , New York Live Arts, AUNTS (Mt. Tremper residency), Dixon Place, The Current Sessions and the Domestic Performance. Additionally, she has presented her work at FringeArts (Philidelphia, PA) Lion’s Jaw Performance and Dance Festival (Boston, MA) International de Teatro Susana Alexander (Mexico) Fleet Moves Dance Festival (Cape Cod, MA), Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (Urbana Champaign, IL) and extensively in Chicago with institutions such as Links Hall, Chicago Home Theater Festival, Chicago Dance Crash, and The Inconvenience. She has been an artist in residence at  New York Live Arts (Fresh Tracks Artist), Brooklyn Studios for Dance and Centrum (Port Townsend, WA). Jessie is currently collaborating as a performer with Julie Mayo, Stephanie Acosta, Same as Sister and Isaac Pool.