Gray Matter, the tissue that makes up a large portion of the central nervous system. In the brain, this tissue serves to process information, which relates to the topic of Jasmine's project. She will explore gray areas and uncertainty, examining both the personal process of finding direction and purpose when no clear path or passion presents itself, as well as the process of attempting to make decisions about the surrounding world in an age of over-saturation.
Through movement investigation, she imagines creating a piece that is off-centered, and plays with finding and losing one’s center of balance. Also, the dynamics of front versus back and upright versus upside down will come into play. She will explore the process of sifting, whether through small gestures or large movements that engage the entire body. The larger task will be to find a way to represent the “Aha” moment, which does not necessarily have to occur near or at the end of the piece, nor only once.
Jasmine Nunn is a recent graduate of Arizona State University’s Dance program and of Barrett the Honors College. She is classically trained but has been drawn to postmodern contemporary dance and all of its vagueness, broad reach, and intricacies. As a choreographer, she relishes the impermanence of live performance and how the relationship between artist, space, sound, and movement are ever changing.
She was introduced to dance at an early age and quickly developed a love for ballet. During her childhood in Colorado, she studied at a number of dance schools under teachers from the Vaganova School and American Ballet Theater, among others. Though she primarily dreamed of a career as a performer, she also had a desire to eventually become a choreographer.
After moving to Arizona, she attended Arizona School for the Arts and The School of Ballet Arizona. Before her senior year of high school, Jasmine received the opportunity to attend the Juilliard School’s Summer Dance Intensive, where her world opened up to the possibilities of contemporary dance forms.
At ASU, she primarily studied postmodern contemporary styles and was fascinated by the intersection of culture and identity in the context of dance. This was reflected in her Honors Thesis piece, “Two Weeks/A Few Thousand Years,” for which she conducted research, attended the Beijing Dance Festival in Beijing, China, created a work for performance, and wrote a cumulative paper. She also choreographed two other works for performance while at ASU.
Since graduation, she has performed in a piece by Alyssa Brown at BETA Dance Festival and in a showing of a piece by Jennifer Cafarella. She is also in the process of creating a work for a show curated by Marty Nawgs.