Jessica Kondrath

Jessica Kondrath, artistic director of Jessica Kondrath | The Movement. Originally from Oak Park, IL, Jessica holds a BFA in Dance from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MFA in Dance from California State University, Long Beach. She has shown workthroughout Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and New York City, in particular at Dance Chicago, Dance Mission Theater, D.U.M.B.O Dance Festival, The Merce Cunningham Studios, and Baryshnikov Arts Center.  Jessica has had works commissioned by Moorpark College, Momenta! Performing Arts Company, and Malleable Dance Theater, and has been a guest instructor at Loyola Marymount University, Cerritos College, Fullerton Union High School, and CSU Long Beach.  As a dancer, Jessica has performed with Earl Mosely’s Diversity of Dance, in the community cast of Underground with David Dorfman Dance, as well as in the works of Doris Humphrey (coached by Ernestine Stodelle), Isadora Duncan, Charles Weidman (coached by Deborah Carr), Ruth St. Denis (coached by Karoun Tootikian), John Pennington, Pavel Zustiak|Palissimo, Carol McDowell, and Doug Varone, among others.  She also works as a dance educator, lighting designer, and Pilates Instructor.

Artistic Statement:

I am interested in making dances that are derived primarily from the musical score.  Through these works, I am interested in using the movement to craft a visual re-presentation of the music for the viewer so that the work may be experienced both visually and aurally. I am interested in creating movement that is both beautiful and awkward at once, continuously seeking out how the choreography connects to and interacts with the environments created for each piece.  By crafting spaces which house each particular dance, it is my interest to allow new sets of rules to exist for each environment inside of which each dance is created.  Using the score as an integral aspect of each environment, it is by following the movement of the music that I create choreography.  It is also my intent to generate a visual re-presentation of the score through the movement of the body and the crafting of the bodies as they move through the space.  Additionally, I seek to bring awareness to the relationship between the audience and the performer with the desire to bring the viewers awareness to their participation in the dance as an entity by being present in the space.

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