R E P E R T O I R E
BLACK BEING: ITERATIONS 1 & 2
This piece is my interpretation of a being black, and a woman exploring birth and the expectations and stereotypes of a‘black being.’ The second iteration is an exploration into colorism, where there is a conversation about privilege based on skin tone. Hoping to add on a 3rd Iteration in 2019 that explores motherhood and the fear and reality attached to that.
Premiered October 21, 2018
Cast: Ashley Brown, Jessica Ray
Music: Franz Liszt
W O R K I N G S E P A R A T E L Y T O G E T H E R
This is an 8 minute, abbreviated version of WST, an abstract piece that will explore the possibility of working together, creating together, dissolving ideas, and breaking apart. What does it look like when we work towards a common goal separately? What does it look like when we work towards that common goal together? Can we even work together?
This is an abbreviated version of a longer work and it runs 8 minutes.
Premiered May 2018.
Choreography: Jessica Ray in collaboration with the dancers.
Dancers: Julie Batson-Carter, Nina Chong, Kyla Ranney, Jessica Ray, Amber Schmiesing
Music: The Chemical Brothers/ and or TBD.
S C H I S M
(a dance film)
(work in progress)
A dance film made in collaboration with the musician David Engelhard.
It is an abstract take on having disagreements, and working together to find common ground.
Choreography and Direction: Jessica Ray
Dancers: Nina Chong, Jessica Ray
Music: David Engelhard
Video by: Ashli Bickford and Nate Reigninga
Editing: Jessica Ray
Produced by: Dance into Deliverance
CULTure is a commentary on media as a distraction and narrative in our daily lives. Specifically, this piece is meant to mirror cult behaviors and attributes, which provide an allusion to media being the major cult leader of our current time. Though cult comparison is the intention of the piece, this idea is still being choreographically investigated both physically and digitally. The piece is currently accompanied by an original projection comprised of current event news clips and abstract images of noise, along with sections of dance improvisation.
This piece is a work in progress that currently runs 14 minutes.
Premiered January 2017.
Julie Baston-Carter, Kyla Ranney, Jessica Ray, and Brooke Stewart are the cast.
Music by Ashur Rayis, David Bowie.