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John Jasperse Company
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Feb 3-6, 2005

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    About John Jasperse Company

    Organization Overview
    John Jasperse Company is currently in a period of extensive activity and growth. In 2001, JJC produced a new evening-length work "Giant Empty" for the dancers of JJC, in co-production with Ballett Frankfurt and the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 2001 Next Wave Festival. In 2001-02, JJC toured the work nationally, with the support of NEFA’s National Dance Project, as well internationally. These opportunities have marked the arrival of JJC and Mr. Jasperse’s work into a new level of prominence in the international dance community.

    In recent years, Mr. Jasperse has expanded his choreographic activity into other fora outside JJC, including commissions for Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project (1999); Batsheva Dance Company, Tel Aviv, Isreal (2000); the Lyon Opera Ballet, France (2002). These opportunities allow Mr. Jasperse to realize projects whose scope may extend beyond the means of JJC. As such, the mission of JJC and its relationship to the creative activity of Mr. Jasperse has been honed. JJC is now, more than ever, a laboratory of choreographic research and innovation through the creation of new works. As a relatively small company, JJC's lightweight structure enables it to work in a broad range of venues. This, in turn, ensures JJC’s ability to 1) share its work with the broadest possible audience base; 2) enable a level of activity that can sustain an expansion of the budget which is necessary to compensate its dancers fairly; 3) through these changes, allow JJC to spend the amount of time in the studio that is needed for true artistic research.

    JJC awards include a NY Dance and Performance "Bessie" Award in 2001, the Doris Duke Award; the 1997 Mouson Award from Kźnstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany; the Choreography Prize of the 1996 Suzanne Dellal International Dance Competition, Tel Aviv, Israel; three prizes at the 1996 Rencontres Internationales ChorZgraphiques, Bobigny, France. JJC has produced seven evening-length works, and has received commissions from various domestic venues through New York State Council on the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, the Greenwall Foundation, the National Performance Network; internationally from sources in Israel, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Germany. JJC has received support from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Goethe Institute.


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