Jessica Gaynor is a choreographer, performer, teacher and Artistic Director of Jessica Gaynor Dance. Founded in 2003, the company, hailed for its “risk-laden” (DIY Dancer) choreography and “sophisticated approach to pure dance,” (The New Yorker), performs Jessica’s works that utilize kinetic physicality, intricate patterning, and formal structures in an exploration of the complexities of human experience.
She has created more than thirty works, including eight evening length pieces, for her company and for schools and universities. Her work has been performed at venues such as Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, The Skirball Center/NYU, Danspace Project @ St. Mark’s Church, Ailey Citigroup Theater, The Kitchen, Peridance, Dance Theater Workshop, The 92nd Street Y, Dixon Place, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Center for Performance Research, Movement Research, Hudson Guild Theater, Triskelion Arts (USA), LAKE Studios, PAUL Studios, Kühlspot, Errant Sounds, Petersburg Art Space, Interior to Beings Festival, Berlin Dance Institute (Berlin) and many more.
Jessica’s repertory has been set on students at Brown University, Grand Canyon University, the Fieldston School, the Brearley School and Young Dancemakers Company. She has taught workshops at PAUL Studios Berlin, Peridance Capezio Center, Gibney Dance Center, was a guest choreographer for Amalgamate Dance Company’s Guest Artist Showcase, and directed the dance program at The Brearley School from 2007-2014. Jessica is also Artistic Director of Young Dancemakers Company, a tuition-free summer dance program open to NYC public high school students, with the goal of creating their own original work and performing in free concerts throughout NYC.
Jessica earned a BA from Brown University where she received the Weston Award for excellence in dance, and an MFA in dance performance and choreography from California Institute of the Arts. Jessica Gaynor Dance was represented on Pentacle’s Gallery Artist Roster from 2013-2015 and was an Emerging Artist on Gotham Arts Exchange’s APAP Roster from 2010-2011.
Recent commissions include an O’Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation Grant, two New Music/USA Commissions, a Mertz Gilmore Foundation Grant and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s New Dance Space Subsidy. The company has been the recipient of numerous DanceNow|Silo residencies between 2013-2018, as well as a 2020 residency at Triskelion Arts. She and composer Quentin Tolimieri were artists in residence at LAKE Studios Berlin in September 2018. Jessica curated a two week festival at Triskelion Arts in 2017, and curates an ongoing dance and music series at Petersburg Art Space Berlin.
Jessica currently lives and works both in both Berlin and New York as a freelance dance artist. Learn more about Jessica’s projects and performances on her website: www.jessicagaynordance.com