Jessie Jeanne Stinnett (Artistic Director / Founder)
Jessie Jeanne Stinnett holds a BFA in Dance Performance from The Boston Conservatory and an MFA in Creative Practice: Dance Professional Pathway from Trinity Laban Conservatoire, in conjunction with Independent Dance/Siobhan Davies Dance. She has performed for the Metropolitan Opera, Tate Britain, Prometheus Dance, Anna Myer and Dancers, Rebecca Rice, The Boston Baroque Opera, and Bard College’s SummerScape Festival; most notably in works by Itzik Galili, Pablo Bronstein, Marjorie Folkman, and Gigi Caciuleanu. Jessie’s choreographic work has been described by Hannah Chanatry of WBUR as “conceptually driven performance that unpacks the complexities of being female, and pushes the academic boundaries of choreography.”
Her ongoing project Jessie Jeanne & Dancers (JJ&D) is a rigorous creative laboratory and performance collaborative for visceral and somatic research, via contemporary dance making practices. JJ&D was one of WBUR’s top picks in Boston dance events to see in 2017. The company performs regularly throughout the northeast US and abroad. JJ&D is sustained in part by grants from The Boston Foundation with support from The Barr Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, Live Arts Boston, New England States Touring Grant, New England Dance Fund, and Fidelity Charitable.
Jessie is an internationally recognized vinyasa yoga instructor and regularly leads classes, workshops, and wellness retreats in the UK, Europe, and US. She has also recently joined the dance teaching faculty of Dean College in Franklin, MA where she leads sessions in improvisation and contemporary dance technique. Watch Jessie
"My work is overtly personal. It conjures up the most intimate of intimates in sometimes palatable, sometimes less palatable ways. Grounded in the body through mechanics of yoga and improvisation, the movement is the physical trace of the philosophical question as it spirals through the air. The questions themselves arise from the subjective experience of internal and external events and spaces. The daily movement practice that underscores the work is like the breath: a circular process of energy being drawn in from outside, entering through the permeable body, diving through and altering every system, before making its way back out, rooting the experience into the earth. Once the initial question has been located, and a body part reveals the particular nature of its inquiry, the practice develops and eventually I am able to step further and further away from the immediate subjectivity of the fleshy experience as a way to critically meet notions of the metaphysical, transcendental, supernatural, and paranormal. I believe that this practice aims to bring me to an embodied place where I can more deeply explore how the body and mind simultaneously enact the perceiving, between the symbolic and physiological." Watch more.