Choreographer Profile: Jacqueline Stewart

Choreographer Jacqueline Stewart
Jacqueline Stewart

Jacqueline Stewart’s choreography has an unusual depth, an edgy complexity that can be difficult to describe. It’s as if her work conveys some of the dimensions of multi-media productions, even without the presence of explicit multi-media elements. In fact, she is proficient in a variety of different media; she integrates her own video production, graphic arts and photography into a variety of projects, including the promotional developtment for JMT/JLS, her collaboration with Jessica Miller Tomlinson. (JMT/JLS
happens June 4th and 5th at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts in Chicago.) Even when her work does not include multi-media elements, you can almost see this perspective in things like her inventive sense of balance-in-movement, or in the intriguingly creative titles for her choreographic works.

Jackie will present three new works at JMT/JLS. “It’s Not Enough To Close Your Eyes” premiered at the Open Space Project on April 24. Speaking to Jackie about the work, she described some of the ideas involved in her approach: “Keeping in mind the space, which was an intimate loft setting, I chose to create a duet that would embody the specific space, but that could also transfer easily. I was interested in using a single fresnel light that sits stationary on the floor, while the dancers manipulate the space around the light as well as the light itself.” She describes how the light is used to highlight and define different images of defining moments between the two dancers, telling an abstract story of individual growth, but through a shared companionship.

Two other new works premiering at JMT/JLS in June both feature characteristically enticing titles: “Nice Women Don’t Crave Disaster” and “Redirecting Fear”. Both feature the imaginative sense of exploration through movement that is a hallmark of Jacqueline Stewart’s choreography.

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