Jasperse observes a rehearsal at Baryshnikov Arts Center. Photo by Janelle Jones, courtesy of Sarah Lawrence College

John Jasperse has been a prominent player in many corners of the dance world for nearly 30 years. As a performer, he danced with Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker's Rosas. As a choreographer, he has presented his work at major venues across the globe with his company John Jasperse Projects. As an innovator, he co-founded Center for Performance Research, a rehearsal and performance space in Brooklyn. This fall, he adds one more role to his resumé: director of the dance program at his alma mater, Sarah Lawrence College, in Bronxville, New York.

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Burr Johnson in John Jasperse's Within between

John Jasperse Projects dancer Burr Johnson had only been dancing for two years when he took Brenda Daniels’ Cunningham technique class at the American Dance Festival. Because Daniels taught a different phrase every day, he learned how to pick up movement quickly.

“Going from one day to the next, I had to wipe the slate clean and just focus on picking up the material, which was something that I was absolutely horrible at. It would take me a long time because I would get so attached to what I thought it was. But because she would alter the phrases day to day, I couldn’t get attached to them. I never got a chance to rest on my laurels.”

See Johnson perform in John Jasperse Projects’ world premiere of Remains at the American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina, July 5–7.

Photo by Yi-Chun Wu, courtesy of John Jasperse Projects

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