Jessica’s approach to teaching reflects her own practice as an improviser, which blends compositional improvisation and contemplative dance practice. Her classes begin with a framework for focusing the mind, opening space for creativity, and increasing corporeal awareness. Jessica values play and kinesthetic delight, as they are foundations for movement exploration. She then layers in techniques for composing spontaneously, inviting participants to apply their own wealth of body knowledge and choreographic skills. Jessica hopes to guide movers to explore and interrogate – using compositional techniques to challenge our own habits and preconceptions – and finding moments of synchronicity, tension, contrast, intimacy, and exhilaration.
Jessica Bonenfant Coogan is a choreographer, director, performer, and improviser who creates work for the stage, site-specific spaces, and film. She has worked with students at University of Toledo, Grand Valley State University, the American College Dance Festival, and University of Michigan – where she received her MFA in choreography. Jessica came to Ireland after more than a decade working in New York City, and opened Greywood Arts, a multi-disciplinary artist’s residency in East Cork.