ARTIST SPOTLIGHT 04: JASMINE HEARN
Get to know Jasmine Hearn, choreographer, director, performer, and 4 of 10 presented artists during our upcoming performance series, Volume VI, Issue II: MOVEMENT CURRENCY from August 19 to 21, 2016. Through movement based film shorts in collaboration with videographer Paul Kruse, Jasmine archives stories and memories of her black women elders, specifically of her grandmother, Claudette Johnson. Learn more about Jasmine on our Artist Spotlight and see her work in 02 DEBT // Saturday August 20 at 7:30pm + 04 CREDIT // Sunday, August 21 at 7pm.
Three words that Describe your Choreography
Experiential, visceral, and sensual
Jasmine Hearn is a choreographer, dancer, and performer. A native Houstonian, she graduated magna cum laude from Point Park University with a BA in Dance. Jasmine travels around the country to showcase her choreographic work and to participate in diverse dance projects. Currently, she is a collaborator and performer with slowdanger, Tara Willis, Marjani Forte-Saunders, and Lovie Olivia, and is a company member with Helen Simoneau Danse. She is currently an artist-in-residence as part of Open Call 2016 - a project partnership between BAAD! and Pepatián, and a 2016 Movement Research Van Lier Fellow.
About Jasmine's Creative Process
I make dances to connect. I make dances to listen and to share my listenings. I make dances to remember and to remind. I make dances to speak and to be heard. I make dances to share the stories and memories of marginalized voices. As a self-identified black, queer artist, my intention for my work is to connect with those witnessing and also facilitate an environment for artists and audiences to have a conversation. As a maker, I intend to offer honest, relevant, work that remembers and honors past, speaks of present, and prepares community for future.
Do you work in other mediums other than dance/performance? If so, what, and how/why did you get into it?
I venture into collage making and song writing. I got into both by following my pleasure.
What influenced the concept/work that you are presenting at the CURRENT SESSIONS?
The idea of being a keeper of story and memory for folks who are usually not a priority to preserve. My grandmother, Claudette Johnson shared with me a wonderful story of her personal experience. I believe that it is important to capture what we can of our elders before they, and what they hold, are forgotten. Our bodies hold memory already. This is my attempt at being intentional of what our bodies and blood have been doing since the beginning.
What is your favorite part of the body, and why?
The neck is my favorite part of the body, because of how expressive it can be.
See Jasmine in Volume VI, Issue II: MOVEMENT CURRENCY, in 02 DEBT // Saturday August 20 at 7:30pm + 04 CREDIT // Sunday, August 21 at 7pm..