Jessica Kondrath | the movement



photo by Robert Salas

Social Media and Website Link
http://www.facebook.com/JessicaKondraththeMovementjessicakondrathtm.com
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Company Biography
Jessica Kondrath | the movement was formed under the name Jessica Kondrath | luxdance in 2005 in Brooklyn, NY. Between 2005 and 2009, the company presented concerts throughout the New York City area at venues such as Triskelion Arts, The Merce Cunningham Studios, and at Baryshnikov Arts Center. The company has also participated as part of HATCH at The Jennifer Muller Studio and The D.U.M.B.O. Dance Festival. Beginning in 2010, the company reformed in Long Beach, CA as Jessica Kondrath | the movement and has since shown work at A Room to Create (ARC) in Pasadena both within group performances, as well as part of the 2011 and 2012 Pasadena Art Night. Recently the company has performed as part of MixMatch Dance Festival (2012), NECTAR in Santa Barbara, and the Choreographer's Showcase at Dance Mission in San Francisco (2012). Upcoming performances include Gowanus Guest Room at Spoke the Hub in Brooklyn, NY in the spring of 2013.

Artist Biography
Jessica Kondrath, originally from Oak Park, IL, began her training studying the techniques of Doris Humphrey, Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, and Martha Graham studying under Karoun Tootikian, Deborah Carr, and Ernestine Stodelle on the reconstruction of historical modern dances for preservation. Jessica holds a BFA in Dance from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MFA in Dance from California State University, Long Beach. Jessica Kondrath | the movement was formed under the name Jessica Kondrath | luxdance in 2005 in Brooklyn, NY. Between 2005 and 2009, the company presented concerts throughout the New York City area at venues such as Triskelion Arts, The Merce Cunningham Studios, and at Baryshnikov Arts Center. The company also participated as part of HATCH at The Jennifer Muller Studio and The D.U.M.B.O. Dance Festival. Beginning in 2010, the company reformed in Long Beach, CA as Jessica Kondrath | the movement and has since shown work at MixMatch Dance Festival in Santa Monica, and at A Room to Create (ARC) in Pasadena both within group performances, as well as part of Pasadena Art Night. Most recently the company performed as part of the Choreographer’s Showcase at Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco, CA. Previously, Jessica has presented work at Dance Chicago, while also creating works for Malleable Dance Theater (NYC) and Momenta Performing Arts and Alumni Companies (Oak Park, IL). As a dancer, Jessica has performed with Earl Mosely's Diversity of Dance, in the community cast of Underground with David Dorfman Dance, as well as in the works of John Pennington, Sandra Kaufmann, Pavel Zustiak|Palissimo, and Doug Varone, among others. She currently works as a dance educator, lighting designer, Pilates Instructor, and as president of the Long Beach Dance Foundation.

Artist Statement
Through my work, I constantly seek to find beauty in movement and how the movement connects to the environments created for each piece. By crafting spaces which house each particular dance, it is my interest to allow new sets of rules to exist for each environment inside of which each dance is created. Using the score as an integral aspect of each environment, it is by following the movement of the music that I create choreography. It is also my intent to create a visual re-presentation of the score through the movement of the body and the crafting of the bodies as they move through the space. Additionally, I seek to bring awareness to the relationship between audience/viewer and performer with the desire to bring the viewers awareness to their participation in the dance as an entity.

What do you hope to gain from this experience
I hope to continue to foster connections throughout the dance community as well as to finish a piece I have been working to complete.

Have you participated in Festivals before? If so, what worked and what didn't work for you? What would you like to see more or less of?
I have and have found that they generally are so quick that you rarely gain the chance to really interact with those you are sharing the space with. I would love to have more of that type of opportunity.

What Jessica will be sharing with the community.

Title of work: The Art of Breathing (excerpt)
Jessica Kondrath | the movement - Long Beach, CA
Choreographer: Jessica Kondrath Performance by: Julie Correia
Costumes by: Jessica Kondrath Music by: J.S. Bach, Transcribed for piano by Vahan Mardirossian
One to Two Sentence Description of Work: This piece is primarily a choreographic exploration of the score, intending to create a visual version or re-presentation of the music for the viewer. The work also looks at the audience-viewer relationship and the use of the gaze.