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Jane Gotch

Generative Performing Fellow (2014)

Studio Resident (2009-2015)

Rocket Grant (2010)

Exhibitions/Performances (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2017)

Dance, Installation, Multimedia, Performance, Video
Statement of Work

I am a Toronto, ON and Kansas City, MO based choreographer, director, and dancer. As an artist, I have been steeped in the traditions of ballet, modern and contemporary dance, contact improvisation, authentic movement, Gyrotonic and Somatic Experiencing. My personal movement style occupies a vacillating identity between highly technical dance and emotionally expressive physical theater. I construct dance-based performance installations by combining my skills with those of actors, dancers, visual artists, lighting designers, videographers, vocalists and musicians to construct performances that are sensorially integrated and surpass anything I could create alone. Each work’s generative process, narrative, and final performance is inextricably linked to the talents and personal histories of the collaborating artists.

At the outset of a project, there are no wrong choices. I foster an egalitarian process, where all collaborators engage in experimental play. As time passes, a unique vocabulary emerges, arrived at by the group’s collective experience. As the choreographer and director, I subject this language to a process of transposition, amplification or concentration, until a palpable emotional chord resonates. Each rehearsal hones the work closer to its true intention. Through steady observance, I unfurl the hidden narrative of the piece and simultaneously reconstruct my own creative identity to accommodate its nature. By sidestepping the corporeal structure of codified dance, I unearth the memory recorded in our muscles and bones. Together with the audience and performers, I tell this story.

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An auspicious moment arrives in the middle of every project, when I realize that the work has assumed creative control and has begun “making me.” At this point I am convinced that the piece has the power to move the audience.

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