Jennifer’s first show was presented at the age of 5 when she interrupted her parent’s dinner party and had them watch the routine she’d coerced all the neighbourhood kids into performing. She has been doing various versions of that endeavour ever since…
Originally from Canada and now based in London, she is an award-winning independent artist and project manager who works internationally in creating, facilitating and producing works that have engagement at their heart. Jennifer’s interest is in the experience of art rather than the parameters of it and she seeks projects that engage audiences through participation and inclusivity through practice.
Jennifer is co-Artistic Director of the dance and digital media company make.AMPLIFY. Working in collaboration with Audio Visual Artist Zach Walker, they work with diverse groups to develop stories and experience into movement and then amplify them through digital media technologies. Their current project Apparitions, will feature the residents of Stratford projected larger than life onto iconic structures as part of the official re-opening of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2013.
Jennifer is also the Artistic Director of ironINC; a collaborative dance and physical theatre company. Founded in 2005, they create work based on the humorous and sometimes not so humorous aspects of human interaction. They have performed in such varied venues as Rich Mix (2011), Avallon Arts Festivals (2010), The Big Chill Festival (2006), The Big Dance at British Library (2006) and the Theatre Museum in Covent Garden (2007).
In 2009, she founded the arts for social development strand of ironINC, called ironINC in Africa.
In 2012 she was choreographer and movement director for several large-scale and site specific productions for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad– 12 Moves in Worcester, The Caucus Race from Alice in Wonderland in Oxford, and co-choreographer for Tomorrow’s Men in Canary Wharf, London.
In addition to her own work, Jennifer is a commissioned choreographer for several other organisations in the commercial, arts and voluntary sectors and she has led professional and arts for social development projects in the UK, Europe, Africa, USA and South Pacific.
Awards and Nominations:
Nomination: Turner Prize for Art – These associations by Tino Sehgal at Tate Modern – 2012 (performer/participant)
Award: Best Choregraphy – UK Music Video Awards for Wave Machines’ Keep The Lights On (2011) – Choreographer
Nomination: Music Award for Opera and Theatre – RPS Awards for Birmingham Opera Company’s Othello (2009) – Assistant Choreographer
Award: Deutsche Bank Pyramid Award for Dance – Official Runner Up with Christian From on Dance and Dyslexia (2005) – Co-Creator
Trinity Laban – Masters in Dance Theatre: The Body in Performance (2012)
University of California at Berkeley – Certificate in Multicultural Sociology online program (2007)
London Contemporary Dance School – Honours Degree in Contemporary Dance (2005)
University of Hawaii at Manoa – Exchange Program as part of Undergraduate Degree (2003)