Jess Curtis/Gravity

Performance Research Experiment #2.2


Jess Curtis has created a body of work ranging from
the underground extremes of Mission District Warehouses with Contraband and CORE (1985-1998) to the formal refinement and exuberance of European State Theaters and Circus Tents with Compagnie Cahin-Caha (1992-2002) and Jess Curtis/Gravity (2000-present). Along with numerous fellowships and funding awards, his work has been recognized with the prestigious 2011 Alpert Award in the Arts for choreography, a total of six Isadora Duncan Dance awards, the 2011 Homer Avila Award for Physically Diverse Dance, and a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Curtis teaches Dance, Contact Improvisation, and Interdisciplinary Performance throughout the US and Europe and is currently a Ph.D candidate in Performance Studies at the University of California at Davis focusing on embodiment and performativity in movement-based performance.

Jörg Müller graduated from the Centre National des Arts du Cirque in Chalons-en-Champagne in 1994. While there he created “mobile,” a movement/manipulation work utilizing suspended resonant tubes. His most recent tube work, “noustube” (2008), invited several artists to create performances in a 9-ft tall glass tube filled with water. As a circus artist he has toured with Cirque Plume, Compagnie Cahin-Caha, Martin Schwietzke, and Compagnie Anomalie. Jörg has worked with many choreographers, including Pierre Doussaint, François Verret, Haim Adri, Kitsou Dubois, Julie Nioche, and Jess Curtis.

Ida Momennejad (neuroscientist) received her Master’s degree in the history and philosophy of science from Utrecht University (Netherlands), and completed her PhD at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain. Empirically, Ida uses pattern classification and fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging, which looks at blood flow in the brain to detect areas of activity) to study the neural mechanisms that store future intentions. She has collaborated with artists on many projects, including “Mafia, God, and the Citizens: a Collective Memory” (with Azin Feizabadi), “Seeing with Eyes Closed” (Ivana Franke), and “Sound/Space/Body: A Process” (Louise Wagner.)

Yoann Trellu lives and works in Berlin as a multi-disciplinary video artist active in the fields of visual arts, video production and media programming. Since 2003 he has worked with numerous musicians, performers and directors in Europe, USA and Asia on more than 30 productions. Trellu works with the idea of graphical narration to communicate feelings, and is mainly interested in ‘moments’; brief every day events/situations. Trellu also builds “creative machines” (software) to see / experiment with things we could never imagine through the intervention of automated, randomized processes of the machine. He likes the idea of using the computer as a creative partner not just as a tool.

Jess Curtis/Gravity