John Jasperse | Thin Man Dance, Inc.

John Jasperse presents live performances of contemporary dance and engages in a broad range of residency activities in the United States and abroad. Featuring the choreography of John Jasperse, the company continues to build a growing presence on the international contemporary dance scene. Through the development of new works and their presentation John Jasperse projects aims to challenge and engage its audiences in rich and innovative aesthetic and intellectual experiences, thereby expanding the form of contemporary concert dance and its relevance to the greater culture.

The company’s most recent work, Truth, Revised Histories, Wishful Thinking, and Flat Out Lies premiered at the Festspielhaus Hellerau in Dresden, Germany in September 2009; its New York premiere was at the Joyce Theater in June 2010; and tours to MCA Chicago (April 2010), REDCAT/CalArts (April 2010), Walker Art Center (May 2010), the Myrna Loy Center (June 2010), PICA’s TBA Festival (September 2010), and Ringling International Arts Festival (October 2010).

Jasperse has created for the company several shorter works, and thirteen evening-length works: Truth, Revised Histories, Wishful Thinking, and Flat Out Lies (2009), Misuse liable to prosecution (2007), Becky, Jodi, and John (2007), Prone (2005), CALIFORNIA (2003), just two dancers (2003), Giant Empty (2001), Madison as I imagine it (1999), Waving to you from here (1997), Excessories (1995), furnished/unfurnished (1993), Eyes Half Closed (1991), and Rickety Perch (1989), as well as various projects in collaboration with other artists. Recent shorter works include PURE (2008), Fort Blossom (2000), and Scrawl (1999).

His work has been presented by festivals and presenting organizations in the United States, including The Walker Art Center, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, REDCat, On The Boards, and The Myrna Loy Center; Brazil, Chile, Israel, Japan; and throughout Europe including La Biennale di Venezia, Cannes International Dance Festival, Dance Umbrella, EuroKaz, Kampnagel, Montpellier Danse, Tanz im August, TanzQuartier, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, and the VEO Festival. In New York, the Company has been presented at numerous venues including three appearances at The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, The Joyce Theater, The Kitchen, Performance Space 122, and Symphony Space.

Under the umbrella of John Jasperse projects, Jasperse has created several works for other companies: See Through Knot, commissioned by the Baryshnikov Dance Foundation for White Oak’s Dance Project (2000); The Rest, commissioned by the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, Israel (2000); à double face for the Lyon Opéra Ballet, France (March 2002); missed FIT for The Irish Modern Dance Theater, Dublin, Ireland (October 2002); and Highline, as part of the Montana Suite Project for Headwaters Dance Company, Missoula, MT (2007), and most recently Spurts of Activity Before the Emptiness of Late Afternoon for Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Salt Lake City, UT (2010).

Jasperse has been awarded many prestigious prizes and fellowships including the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts (2003), the Tides Foundation’s Lambent Fellowship in the Arts (2004), John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1998), the National Endowment for the Arts (1992, 1994, 1995-96) and the New York Foundation for the Arts (1988, 1994, 2000, 2010). Jasperse received a 2001 New York Dance and Performance a.k.a. Bessie Award for the body of his work, and John Jasperse company dancers received a collective Bessie in 2002 for sustained achievement as an ensemble.

In addition to numerous commissions for new works, Jasperse’s work and the company have also been supported by grants from Altria Group, Inc., American Music Center Live Music for Dance Program, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Arts International, Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, Creative Capital Foundation, Dance Magazine Foundation, Fonds d’Aide à la Production Chorégraphique du Conseil Général de Seine-Saint-Denis (France), Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Greenwall Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Heathcote Art Foundation, Jerome Foundation, James E. Robison Foundation, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Meet the Composer, the Multi-Arts Production Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, National Performance Network, New England Foundation for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts BUILD program, New York State Council on the Arts, the Lila Acheson Wallace Theater Fund, established in The New York Community Trust by the founders of The Reader’s Digest Association, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding.