Larissa Velez-Jackson

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Larissa Velez-Jackson is a Brooklyn-based choreographer and hybrid artist who uses improvisation as a main tool for research and creation, focusing on personhood and the dancing/sound-making body. She employs a deep humor to grant audiences universal access to contemporary art’s critical discourse. She has presented work at numerous NYC venues such as: Roulette, PS 122, New Museum of Contemporary Art, (former) Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Fall Platform ’10, American Realness Festival ‘11 at Abrons Arts Center and Chocolate Factory Theater ’14. In 2011, she launched a song-and-dance collaboration with her husband Jon Velez-Jackson called Yackez, “The World’s Most Loveable Hip Hop Duo.”

Velez-Jackson was a Movement Research Artist in Residence ’12-’13, a SPARC resident ’13 with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and most recently an El Museo Del Barrio Artist in Residence ‘14. In 2012 she attended the danceWEB scholarship program of Impulstanz Int’l Dance Festival by way of the ’12 Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant. She will premiere a full-length commission at New York Live Arts in 2016 that incorporates her multimedia collaborative, Yackez with her senior aerobics students onstage.

Upcoming: Star Crap Method, American Realness Festival at Abrons Arts Center January, 2016.