Jesse Factor

photo credit 
Mark Zhu

I am currently pursuing my MFA in Dance/Choreography from the University of Iowa and hold a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. I am an alumnus of the Martha Graham Dance Company and Graham II. My work has been presented in New York City by the Suite Summer Festival at Socrates Sculpture Garden, Greenspace, and The Tank.  My work explores the performance of diva as a collective signifier that holds interlocking systems of power, love, celebrity, and sacrifice. I endeavor to mine the body as a cultural archive and to carve out the overlapping space between beautiful and the grotesque, divine and monstrous. I exploit the archival physicality of the Graham legacy and excavate this for dynamic cross-references in popular culture. Finding value in excess, I seek to push into and blur notions of high art/popular culture, humor/terror, dead/alive, male/female, glamour/tackiness, and real/fake with a sense of risk and abandon. I use my body to re-imagine and refashion the past. I seek to allow the viewer to “remember into the future”. 

Saturday, March 11, 2017: 7:00pm