Jessica Zoller is a dancer, choreographer, aerialist and all-around versatile artist.
Kai Berkedal and Gabrielle Gainor dancing in Jessica's piece.
Jessica Zoller is kind of magical. She's done everything from fly through the air as a member of AWOL Dance Collective, to dancing professionally with groups such as Portland Opera, to teaching and choreographing at the University of Oregon, where she's a Graduate Teaching Fellow and MFA candidate in dance. From acrobatics, to aerial arts, yoga, climbing, dancing and choreographing, it's hard to list what Jessica hasn't explored. Jessica is a riveting performer. But she's also a compelling and thoughtful dance-maker, going all the way back to her undergrad years at Western Washington University, when her choreography was recognized at the American College Dance Festival. Relay Dance Collective jumped at the chance to commission Jessica for RDC3; the male/female duet she's creating coming from her passion for modern-dance (rather than the other fantastic things she does such as circus arts). Just before beginning to work with Relay Dance Collective, Jessica choreographed Sojourn Theatre's How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes at the Portland Playhouse. See the duet she created, which explores the heartbeat and pulse, when we perform at Velocity Dance Center this April!
What excites you artistically? Surprises. I love watching dance, film, or theatre that completely defies my expectation and pushes boundaries. I also love to see people so lost in their performance that they become someone else for a short time.
What was the inspiration for your piece? (pictured left!) Rhythm, pulse, and throbbing.
What's your spirit animal? A big, hairy, goofy dog.
What's your guilty pleasure? Beer, specifically IPA.
Proudest accomplishment as an artist? Sharing my MFA movement project in December 2014. The piece reflected my research in Csikszentimihalyi's Flow. I explored flow and the performer by investigating triggers that encourage dancers to stay invested in the moment of performing with particular emphasis on the impact of aerial apparatus and environment. I was proud to share my research that inspired a new choreographic process.
Most humbling moment as an artist. Everyday in the studio. I am humbled by how little I know about the craft I've invested in for over two decades. Dance allows me to learn something new everyday as a teacher, student, performer, and person.
If you were a color, you'd be: Blue.
How can we learn more about your work in dance? Website...coming soon :)
What should we be paying attention to in the dance world? The rise of female choreographers!
____________________________________________ RDC3 7:30 p.m., April 3-5, 2015 Velocity Dance Center 1621 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122 Contemporary, Seattle-based dance company Relay Dance Collective presents "RDC3," an evening of vibrant, powerful and diverse dances. is happening April 3-5 at Velocity Dance Center featuring a special guest performance by ARC Dance Company (and choreography by Jessica Zoller).