John Jasperse will expand and further develop his existing work Fort Blossom, which premiered in 2000 at The Kitchen with performers Miguel Gutierrez, John Jasperse, Parker Lutz, and Juliette Mapp. Fort Blossom Revisited (2000/2012), performed by Ben Asriel, Lindsay Clark, Erika Hand, and Burr Johnson, will premiere at New York Live Arts in May 2012.
"I am interested in the ease and empowerment we can derive from our relationship to our bodies, as well as the dysfunction or complexity embedded in those relationships." – John Jasperse
John Jasperse is a dance artist living and working in New York City since 1985. Jasperse has produced fourteen evening-length works, as well as several shorter works. Over the years, he has collaborated with various artists, including composers Jonathan Bepler, Chris Cochorane, James Lo, Zeena Parkins, and Hahn Rowe; visual designers Matthias Bringmann and Tony Orrico; and lighting designers James Clotfelter, Joe Levasseur, Carol Mullins, Stan Pressner and Philip Sandström.
His work has been presented by festivals and presenting organizations throughout the United States and Europe and in Brazil, Chile, Israel, Japan including The American Dance Festival, The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, La Biennale di Venezia, Cannes International Dance Festival, Dance Umbrella, EuroKaz, Kampnagel, Montpellier Danse, Tanz im August, TanzQuartier Wein, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, and the VEO Festival. Jasperse has received fellowships from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Lambent Foundation. He received a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for the recognition of his body of work. Jasperse has created commissioned works for several companies including Baryshnikov's White Oak Project, Batsheva Dance Company, and The Lyon Opera Ballet.