Jessica Gaynor Dance
Jessica Gaynor Dance is a modern dance company based in Brooklyn NY. The company, hailed for its “risk-laden” (DIY Dancer) choreography and “sophisticated approach to pure dance,” (The New Yorker), performs Gaynor’s works that utilize kinetic physicality, intricate patterning, and formal structures in an exploration of the complexities of human experience.
Over the last decade, JGD has premiered fourteen works, including six evening length pieces at venues such as The Skirball Center/NYU, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, The 92nd Street Y, The Kitchen, Peridance, Gowanus Art + Production, Hudson Guild Theater, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Dixon Place, White Wave, Brown University, Built on Stilts Dance Festival on Martha’s Vineyard and has been presented by Triskelion Arts for eight sold-out seasons, including an encore performance in 2011. Recent grants include a New Music/USA Commission, a Mertz Gilmore Late Stage Production Stipend and an Andrew W. Mellon Space Subsidy. JGD was a Gotham Arts Exchange Emerging Artist in 2010 and is currently a member of Pentacle’s (DanceWorks, Inc.) Gallery Roster.
Jessica Gaynor holds a BA in American Studies from Brown University, where upon graduation she received the Weston Award for excellence in dance, and an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from California Institute of the Arts. Gaynor’s repertory has been set on students at Brown University (Providence, RI), Grand Canyon University (Phoenix, AZ), the Fieldston School (Bronx, NY) and the Brearley School (New York, NY) where she was on faculty from 2007-2014. In addition to her work with JGD, Gaynor is Associate Director of Young Dancemakers Company and serves as Secretary of Triskelion Arts’ Board of Directors.