John Jasperse graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1985, and then moved to New York City to live and work. He is Artistic Director/Choreographer of John Jasperse Company. In 1998, Jasperse created Thin Man Dance, Inc., a New York-based not-for-profit organization and in 2003, he created Association Chapitre II in Lyon, France; both structures support the work of John Jasperse Company. His work has been presented by festivals and presenting organizations in the United States, Brazil, Chile, Israel, Japan, and throughout Europe.
Over recent years, Mr. Jasperse's work has been awarded several prestigious awards both in the United States and abroad, including a New York Dance and Performance ("Bessie") Award in 2001 in recognition of his body of choreographic work, the 1999 Scripps/ADF Primus-Tamaris Fellowship, the Doris Duke Award (1998), the 1997 Mouson Award by Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt, Germany; three prizes in the 1996 Rencontres Internationales Chorégraphiques de Bagnolet; and the Choreography Prize at the 3rd Suzanne Dellal International Dance Competition (1996) in Tel Aviv, Israel for Excessories.
Recently, Jasperse developed two new works: Misuse liable to prosecution, a new work for five dancers with a commissioned score by Zeena Parkins, and Becky, Jodi and John a new evening-length work for three dancers featuring renowned performers Becky Hilton, Jodi Melnick, and John Jasperse.
Jasperse has created four commissioned works for other companies: See Through Knot for the Baryshnikov Dance Foundation for White Oak's Dance Project (2000); The Rest for the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, Israel (2000); à double face for the Lyon Opéra Ballet, France (March 2002); and most recently missed FIT for The Irish Modern Dance Theater, Dublin, Ireland (October 2002).
Jasperse's choreographic work has been supported by fellowships from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts (2003), the Tides Foundation's Lambent Fellowship in the Arts (2004), John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1998), the National Endowment for the Arts (1992, 1994, 1995-96) and the New York Foundation for the Arts (1988, 1994 and 2000).
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