Meet the Artist: Kristen Jeppsen Groves

September 8, 2014 § Leave a comment

Kristen Jeppsen Groves 2

“My passion for dance is a unique way to present, discuss, and solve real issues. I care deeply about dance, but I care more about influencing people. I believe art should be a courageous statement about the world we hope to live in and not a comment on what it simply is. I am an idealist of humanity, but often I find audiences are impacted by realities, both great and small. Art shapes how others look at the world and can influence them to take an active role in their environments. For me, it needs to serve a purpose that will influence the audience, student, contributor, or critic to understand themselves, the body, and motion in new ways.”

Meet one of our touring artists for this season, Kristen Jeppsen Groves in collaboration with Defero Dance Collective. Defero Dance Collective is a Raleigh-based contemporary dance company: a diverse community of dancers with strong technical and artistic backgrounds. They will present As We Were, a process-based work that highlights individual dancers as in-process beings: something they are now, built on where they came from, but may not continue to be in the future.  Exploring ideas of performance and observation, the work showcases the beauty of unique individuals moving together as they are. Read more, and watch her video interview to learn more!

Kristen Jeppsen Groves, choreographer, dancer, and educator, received an M.F.A. in choreography from the Ohio State University and a B.A. in Dance Education from Brigham Young University.  She has presented her choreographic works in Ohio, Utah, Las Vegas, New York, New Mexico, and abroad in Senegal, Mail, and Morocco, and Italy.  Groves has taught dance for fifteen years in collegiate dance programs, most recently at the Ohio State University and Brigham Young University, in K-12 programs, and private dance studios.

Want to see the show? Check our schedule to see when the NCDF will be in your neighborhood!

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