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Photo by Rick Mellor

"Not only is Mellor one of this decade's most talented choreographers - her performance is that of new perspective into the self & soul of dance." Review of Libretto by Gina Clark, Co-Creative Director & Curator of the Shoulder (Beaubourg 268), San Francisco.

JENNIFER MELLOR, DANCER/CHOREOGRAPHER/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, can't imagine a life without dance. Jennifer believes that dance as an art form reminds us we are alive, creative, and beautiful. Dance is a shared experience, a handshake between the artist and viewer, changing and evolving with each performance. At its best, it can offer a moment of transcendence beyond our current and immediate focus.

Born in Colorado and raised in Oklahoma, Jennifer Mellor has lived in Tulsa, San Francisco, Philadelphia and New York, NY, and as a dancer, she has toured professionally throughout the U.S. and Europe. She has performed in international festivals and venues, including New York’s DUMBO Dance Festival and Wave Rising Series, the Merce Cunningham Studio, and San Francisco’s West Wave Dance Festival. She has toured as a featured soloist in Italy, Greece, Czech Republic, Hungary, Montreal, Vermont, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Tucson, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Boulder, Columbus, Chicago, and New York. With training in classical ballet, pointe, rhythm tap, and modern dance, experience with improvisational and interdisciplinary performance, as well as a B.S. in Mathematical & Computational Science from Stanford University, Jennifer has found a unique path through various technical and artistic pursuits.

As an independent choreographer, Jennifer has directed her own modern dance works for Jennifer Mellor Dance Project since 2009. Her work has been seen in New York, San Francisco, Berkeley, San Jose, Houston, and Tulsa. In 2012, Jennifer Mellor Dance Project premiered "Love/Lost" in NY's WAVE RISING SERIES with a preview on PBS Channel 13's NYC-ARTS program and performed "Les Muses" in the Tulsa Ballet's Creations at Studio K to ballet audiences. Jennifer presented work in NY's DUMBO Dance Festival, CoolNY Dance Festival, Tulsa's EXCHANGE Dance Festival, and collaborated as dancer and choreographer in Andy Byers' film-based performance "Goodbye Brooklyn". She also showed work through Movement Research, Triskelion Arts, and Dance New Amsterdam. In 2011 her work was featured in the Women on the Way Festival, a weekly pick by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and she was an artist in residence at the Living Arts LAB in Tulsa. In 2010 and 2011, Jennifer was an artist-in-residence for the Resident Artist Workshop (RAW) at The Garage, an intimate performance space in San Francisco, where she premiered two new works: Libretto (2010), a modern dance work for four dancers, interweaving a poetry reading by Jennifer Kwon Dobbs and a live, original cello composition by Jessica Ivry, and "Les Muses" (2011), a playful pair of duets. Other choreographic credits include Prism (2009), a modern dance trio Jennifer has performed live with musical collaborator and singer-songwriter Jason Brown. She has also choreographed works for High Release Dance Company, for whom her credits include "Uneven" (2007) and "Hanami" (2008).

As a dancer, Jennifer currently performs in New York with DOUBLE VISION, a modern dance and intermedia company (formerly based in San Francisco) directed by Pauline Jennings and Sean Clute, which has been featured on KQED Spark! and PBS's Meaning of the 21st Century and with whom she tours nationally and internationally. She has also danced for Beth Soll & Company, Ella Rosewood Dance, Holly Heidt, Laurel Desmarais, Andy Byers & Jonathan Peck, and Allie Tsypin in New York; Copious Dance Theater, Courage Group, DOUBLE VISION, High Release Dance, Diane Frank and Lisa Burnett in San Francisco; Tulsa Dance Theater, FootSong, A Call to Feet Tap Dance Ensemble, and Dance on Tulsa, where she was featured in works by Johnson/Long & Co, Dina McDermott, Mimi Chen, and Kathy Dunn Hamrick. As a technologist, she has collaborated with DOUBLE VISION on an interacive dance work for the University of Arizona as well as audio/video algorithms on a dance work touring Europe.

Additionally, Jennifer serves on the Board of Directors of STEPOLOGY, a nonprofit organization to preserve and promote the understanding and appreciation of tap dance. She also shares her passion for dance as an instructor, most recently teaching ballet, modern, and tap classes to adults and children at the JCC San Francisco, and she has mentored aspiring young artists through the YouthWorks program at Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Jennifer has artistic home bases in New York City, San Francisco Bay Area, and Tulsa, OK.

In her work, Jennifer often draws on her interdisciplinary interests in the cerebral realms of logic, algorithms, and interweaving patterns, as well as the technique and physicality of rhythm, fluidity, and weight, to create richly layered movement. Jennifer is interested in exploring intersections of technology and the arts as well as collaborating with musicians, dancers, poets and other artists to create new works and challenge the status quo of dance as a performing art.


DANCERS (NEW YORK)


JENNIFER CHA, DANCER, began her dance training in the San Francisco Bay Area studying ballet, tap, jazz and Chinese cultural dance. She received a minor in Dance from Santa Clara University, and attended the Professional Division Training Program at The Ailey School in New York City. Jennifer has performed and worked with companies including the Chinese Performing Artists of America, Kristin Kusanovich Dance, David Popalisky, Jumping Buddha Dance Ensemble, Tandy Beal & Company and Kim Shipp Dance Theater. Most recently she served as co-leader, choreographer and performer with Eight Count Dance Ministry.


DANIEL CHENOWETH, DANCER, is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area where he studied Tap, Jazz and Partnering from Katie Maltsberger. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance, receiving honors in each. While studying at Skidmore College he performed works by Ohad Naharin, Robert Moses, Robert Battle, Kevin Wynn, Alex Ketley, and Melecio Estrella, and he has danced with Ella Rosewood Dance in NY. Daniel also currently dances with BodyStories/Teresa Fellion Dance.


PATTY CHEN, DANCER, a native of New Jersey, graduated from Princeton University where she majored in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology with a certificate in African Studies and a certificate in Dance. At Princeton, she was privileged to perform works by Marianela Boan, Zvi Gotheiner, Rebecca Lazier, Mark Morris, Deganit Shemy, and Take Ueyama. Patty studies Japanese taiko drumming in Brooklyn with musician Kaoru Watanabe (www.taikonyc.com/). Reach her at www.pattychen.wordpress.com/.


JOCELYN ORDIALES, DANCER, was born in Miami, FL where she began her training at the Mencia-Pikieris School of Dance. She attended Florida State University’s School of Dance and spent her last semester in Florence as an intern with Atelier De Danse. Jocelyn was also a soloist dancer for The Tallahassee Ballet Company and worked with artistic director Rick McCullough. While in school, she worked with Elizabeth Ross and her Company DanceE in Birmingham, Alabama. In 2010 Jocelyn completed her certification in Gyrotonic.


HOLLY HEIDT, DANCER, is from Bloomington, Indiana, where she grew up doing ballet with the Indiana University Pre-College Program. She studied literature and dance at Oberlin College and after graduating in 2010 cofounded and choreographed for In Noon Dance with her fellow alumni Katherine Anderson and Jan Trumbauer. In New York, she has worked with Andy Byers and Jonathan Peck on their film Harvest, performed work by Stacey Jardine, and was a member of Ella Rosewood Dance. This spring she will be performing with Racoco and Play House and will be presenting her own choreography at The Tank.


DANCERS (SAN FRANCISCO)

WENDY MARINACCIO, DANCER, earned a minor in dance from Stanford University and a M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a focus in dance and gender studies. She has choreographed several productions for El Gato Del Diablo Theatre Company. Wendy has danced with San Francisco-based DOUBLE VISION, with whom she toured nationally, as well as the contemporary dance company Dog Patch Superstars, and was a Stanford Dollie.


VICTOR TALLEDOS, DANCER, began his dance training in Mexico City with Guillermo Maldonado and in 2008 graduated from "Escuela Superior de Musica y Danza de Monterrey". He moved to NYC to attend the Ailey school. As a choreograpaher he has has shown his work at The Ailey Citigroup Theater and DNA studios for "The Latin Choreographers Festival 2010". He recently moved to San Francisco as a member of Labayen Dance SF and also dances with Copious Dance Theater and Robert Moses Kin.


JAMIE VENCI, DANCER, is a San Francisco based visual and movement artist. She began dancing while at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, where she received a BFA in Visual Art - Painting & Drawing. While there she studied a variety of modern dance techniques and had the opportunity to dance for Janet Lilly and Luke Vanier. Since moving to San Francisco she has performed with Channing Sargent, Kat Worthington, and Jennifer Mellor. She most recently presented a collaborative multimedia movement based installation in New York, as part of the Windows Brooklyn exhibition, and was a resident at the Garage Theater artspace in San Francisco for the SPF3 Festival, collaborating on a multimedia performance. Her visual work has been a part of the LAB’s Post-Postcard show, Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture, and Southern Exposure’s Monster Drawing Rally.

COLLABORATORS

JASON BROWN, SINGER-SONGWRITER, was born and raised just outside Tulsa, Oklahoma, and currently lives in Houston, Texas. Although he fell in love with music at an early age it didn’t really find him until his freshman year at the University of Tulsa. A few learned chords on a borrowed guitar and he fell in love with the instrument and the joy of making music. He made his first record in 2000 with multi-platinum selling recording artist Steve Ripley at the famous Church Studio in Tulsa. After receiving an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, he spent a year touring the country as a solo acoustic artist, playing everywhere from the Black Box Theater at California State University at Monterey Bay to the legendary Living Room in New York’s East Village. He recorded his second album in 2005 with Producer Donnie Boutwell, and in 2009, Jason worked with Musician and Producer Justin Glasco on his third album, which will come out in Spring 2010.


JENNIFER KWON DOBBS, POET, was born in Wonju-Si, South Korea. Her debut collection, Paper Pavilion, received the 2007 White Pine Press Poetry Prize and The New England Poetry Club’s Sheila Motton Book Award. Her chapbook, “Song of a Mirror,” was a finalist for the Tupelo Snowbound Chapbook Award. Recently, her poems have appeared in 5 AM, Blackbird, Cadences, Crazyhorse, Cimarron Review, Cream City Review, MiPOesias, Poetry NZ, Tulane Review, among other journals; have been anthologized in Echoes Upon Echoes (Asian American Writers Workshop 2003) and Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (W. W. Norton 2008); featured on radio and in film; and translated into Greek, Korean, and Turkish. Currently, she is assistant professor of creative writing at St. Olaf College and is working on an essay collection.


JESSICA IVRY, CELLIST/COMPOSER, is a freelance musician and instructor of music at the College of Marin. She plays with the Real Vocal String Quartet, and with avant-cabaret composer and singer Amy X Neuburg and the Cello ChiXtet. Jessica has also performed and toured with Beth Custer Ensemble, with singer/songwriter Vienna Teng and with Balkan women’s choir, Kitka. For San Francisco’s A Traveling Jewish Theatre’s 2005 and 2007 seasons, she scored and performed original music for The Bright River, a hip-hop retelling of Dante’s Inferno, and for Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Jessica recorded on Grammy nominated album, "Blueprint of a Lady" for jazz vocalist, Nneena Freelon. In summers 2008 and 2009, she performed with The Ark Project, an ensemble of Bay Area and New York Klezmer and Eastern European musicians on tour in Poland and Ukraine, featured on KQED's “Spark” television series. Jessica holds degrees from Skidmore College and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.


RICK MELLOR, PHOTOGRAPHER, is a San Francisco transplant from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Passionate about technology, cycling, and aviation, Rick is a software engineer working on video technologies for a large firm in Silicon Valley. After spending many years watching Jennifer dance, picking up a camera seemed like the best way to get to spend more quality time with his wife and to justify buying a bunch of new toys. Beyond the materialistic excesses, the artistic and technical challenges of photography are of great interest to Rick, and he revels in the challenge of capturing dynamic movement in sparse ambient lighting. (If only he could get his hands on the Zeiss 50mm f/0.7 used in the film Barry Lyndon!)

  

Photos by Rick Mellor, Weidong Yang, Dave Cochran, Valerie Ford, and Jennifer Mellor.

Jennifer Mellor © 2009-2012