Jessica John is a circus artist, coach, and choreographer who specializes in corde lisse (rope), 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. A sixth generation New Orleanian, Jessica is the creative and managing director of Vaudoux, a circus entertainment company. She is also a co-creator of Steal A Step, a postmodern circus company based in DC.
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