Jessie McKinley - A Supposed Truth
In residence Jan 1 - 13 2018
The LWDance Hub Residency gave me the time and space to further the ideas I had began in my first development of 'A Supposed Truth.' It allowed me the opportunity to deeply explore concepts and imagery surrounding my theme, focusing on representation (through abstraction) of old wives tales and superstitions in an open and honest way. A time to experiment and play, to understand the progression of my work and where it could lead. From here I can now weave together ideas from my first development and time spent at LWDance Hub to create a fully formed contemporary dance work.
Thank you to my dancers and collaborators: Madelaine Edwards, Ruby Dolman, Zoe Gay, Courtney Cox & Felicity Boyd
Jessie graduated with a Bachelor of Dance Performance, 2004 from the Adelaide Centre for the Arts (ACArts) and went on to work with Melbourne company BalletLab in 2005 & 2006, travellling with the company to perform in their work ‘Amplification’ in Romania & Bulgaria. In 2010 Jessie worked with Lucy Guerin and Tere O’Connor in a HotBed Residency, and with Luke George as part of Melbourne independent collective Phantom Limb on ‘Further Fantasy’. Jessie worked with Adelaide choreographer Daniel Jaber on ‘Degradation’, and ‘Scum’ and joined him in Malaysia on an AsiaLink Residency at Rimban Dahan, to perform in ‘WG Spiel’. In 2011 Jessie performed in the Melbourne Dance Festival DanceMASSIVE with Canadian dance theatre group Bluemouth Inc. in their work ‘Dance Marathon’. In 2012, Jessie performed in the Adelaide Festival in Leonard Bernsteins ‘MASS’ directed by Andy Packer, with choreography by Larissa McGowan. She was also a part of an inter-disciplinary arts residency in 2012 at Vitalstatistix Theatre Company, co-creating ‘Dance Hall’, directed by Sydney artists Jess Olivieri and Hayley Forward. In 2013 she performed in Alison Curries ‘Build. Hold. Destroy’ as part of the Adelaide Fringe Window World. In 2014 Jessie performed in the Adelaide Fringe Festival in ‘MONO’ by Melbourne company House of VnHoly.
Jessie spent time in New York doing an internship with Movement Research Centre in 2008, and in 2012 with Danspace Project. Jessie travelled back to New York in 2015 to partake in Movement Research’s MELT Festival, a 5 week intense series of workshops with Jeremy Nelson, KJ Holmes, Vicky Shick, Jimena Paz, Kyle DeCamp, Juliette Mapp, Barbara Mahler, Donna Uchizono, Darrell Jones,Yvonne Meir, RosAnne Spradlin, Hristoula Harakas, Steven Petronio, and Trisha Brown Dance Company.
Jessie choreographed her first dance work ‘Foxing Round a Story’ in 2010 for the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and was nominated for 2 Fringe Awards, including Best Dance. Jessie premiered her work ‘The Isabetta Project' for the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival, it won a Best Dance Award at the Weekly Fringe Awards, and the inSPACE Development Award. In 2017 Jessie had a Residency at the Adelaide Festival Centre, developing a new work as part of the inSPACE Development Program