Jessica John is a circus artist, coach, and choreographer who specializes in corde lisse (rope), fabric, dance trapeze, and footjuggling. An ardent movement researcher, she was a competitive athlete, a teenage “rockette,” and a ski bum, before finding a passion for circus. Jessica’s work challenges gender norms through displays of virtuosic strength and flexibility and rejects narrative structures as a primary humanizing device. The empathetic space she creates for performers combines with compelling visuals to make award-winning collaborative and solo works. Jessica is the creator of Alter Circus, a feminist contemporary circus and performance art company, and the creative and managing director of Vaudoux, a circus entertainment company. She is also a co-creator of Steal A Step.
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