ADF/NCDF Here & Now Artist Profile: Kristen Jeppsen Groves

June 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

On June 25, 2015 four NC artists will showcase their work at the annual Here & Now concert co-sponsored by ADF and NCDF. For the next few weeks, we’ll be profiling each artist participating in the concert so you can get to know them a little more. Keep reading to learn more about today’s artist Kristen Jeppsen Groves.

photo credit: Justin Paris

photo credit: Justin Paris

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.  Her choreographic works have been presented in Ohio, Utah, Las Vegas, New York, New Mexico, North Carolina, and abroad in Senegal, Mail, Morocco, and Italy. Kristen was honored to be a North Carolina Dance Festival Touring Artist for the 2014-2015 season, and collaborate with Defero Dance Collective.  She is co-founder and co-director of Artist, Interrupted: a women’s art collective, which has organized workshops and performances in Washington D.C., Ohio, Kansas, and Utah. Working as an independent dance artist since 2011, Kristen creates choreographic works and teaching residencies for professional companies, university programs, and studios.  As a dancer, she has performed in works by Bebe Miller, Susan Hadley, Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project, and PropelHer Dance Collective, Marilyn Berrett, and Pat Debenham.

Groves will present a piece called [ME]thod for “Here & Now”.

photo credit: Tom Ellis

photo credit: Tom Ellis

[ME]thod is an unusual combination of dance and policy processes that explores the politics of policy-making.  Using intricate configurations of policy processes as a framework, [ME]thod develops the complex relationships of three sets of characters: workers, representatives, and citizens.  Through humorous, exposing, and insightful moments, [ME]thod provokes audiences to consider the impact policy characters and policy language has on individuals.  Through problem solving and negotiations, [ME]thod seeks the embodied humanity behind political processes.

When asked what it means to dance here and now, this is what Kristen had to say:

Balancing many important priorities means that I have to carve time out to dance.  Dancing “Here and Now” means to find time in the margins of my day to create, to rehearse, to develop, and explore.  I don’t have the luxury of dancing when I please, so I dance when I must.  And dancing when one must develops a deep commitment to continue art regardless of the lateness of the hour, or pauses and detours of my creative process.  I still love dance enough to keep dancing “Here and Now”

Want to know more? Check out ADF’s website for tickets and more!


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