Performance

How to Remember…

Choreography by: Bebe Miller

Presented at OSU’s Dance Downtown at the Riffe Center, Columbus Ohio 2010

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Blue Grass

Choreography by: Susan Hadley

Presented at OSU’s Dance Downtown at the Riffe Center, Columbus Ohio 2009

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Two to One

Choreography by: Kristen Jeppsen Groves

Dancer: Kristen Jeppsen Groves

Text created and edited by: Kristen Jeppsen Groves and Jacob Groves

Two to One was created by interviews between me and my husband about our work in the military and in the arts. I was inspired by Radio Lab Podcast program to weave a story through sound text and, of course, I added movement to the story-line. The original was intended to be a duet but due to my husband’s training schedule I created a solo/duet of sorts. Two to One was premiered at the Artist, Interrupted “Home Front” performance at the Wild Goose Creative in Columbus, Ohio in May 2011.

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Whiteness Revisited (work-in-progress)

Directed by: Esther Baker-Tarpaga from Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project

Collaborative choreographed by: Esther Baker-Tarpaga and Kristen Jeppsen Groves

Dancer: Kristen Jeppsen Groves

Whiteness Revisited is a work-in-progress that explores issues of white privilege as well as issues affecting western white women. It is part of a larger project of Esther Baker-Tarpaga’s work that explores historical issues surrounding the invisibility of white privilege as well as identity of the white female. The piece may be included in a larger project including three separate solos collaboratively created and performed by western, white women.
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Solve

Movement Director: Kristen Jeppsen

Choreography: Kristen Jeppsen & Giovanna Andolina

Dancers: Kristen Jeppsen & Giovanna Andolina

Music: Geekspeak by Pamela Z

Solve was presented at Ohio State’s Spring Dance Concert 2010 at Sullivant Theatre.  The work is part of a larger project for my MFA project concerning the negotiations that occur in the group processes of dance and policy making.  The basic vocabulary for the piece started with basic body issues or problems that me and Gio both deal with as dancers.  Mine included an SI joint issue and a hyper flexable lower back, Gio’s were an unusual neck flexiblity and scapula and shoulder joint issues.  We discussed briefly how we adjust or compensate these issues and generated material around those ideas.

During the construction of the piece we highlighted moments during rehearsal that were difficult for one or other.  We kept the interesting mistakes, we kept the alternate solutions, and also tried to accentuate the moments when it was apparent the body was trying to solve a physical problem.  Throughout the piece Gio and I continue to talk and cue one another – we purposely avoided over-rehearsing so as to keep the material free and full of risk.   So far the process has generated very interesting movement vocabulary and choreographically my ability to see movement possibilities is widening.

It was interesting to allow our two bodies to solve problems differently but construct the piece as a unison duet.  It is the way in which to consider body policy, to consider performing bodies versus working bodies…more to come.
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Four Stories

Choreographer: Betsy Miller

Dancer: Kristen Jeppsen Groves

A collaborative work directed by Besty Miller.  Choreographed at OSU and presented at Columbus Movement Movement.  The solo work is my own improvisation, set and rehearsed.


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From Here to There

Choreographer: Betsy Miller

Dancer: Kristen Jeppsen Groves

A collaborative work with Betsy Miller.  This piece involved my improvisational work specific for film.  We worked in site specific locations at OSU and downtown Columbus.  Betsy gave me free range to explore movement possibilities.  The entire piece is improvised on site and has been rearranged and edited.

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