Jessica Jobaris + general magic (Seattle, WA) –
A Great Hunger
WEEKEND 2: brings Seattle choreographer Jessica Jobaris and her company, general magic. With “A Great Hunger,” they bring us a Shangri-La supper table offering the intelligence of dolphins, the promise of God, superficial intimacy, Humpty Dumpty, and blurry faces binge eating on Nietzsche. A repast dedicated to the secret world of loneliness, and the incessant work of staying perpendicular.
Curiosity of the expressive body brings Jessica Jobaris to study, perform, teach and choreograph in Seattle, NYC, and the EU. She has been awarded residencies/commissions throughout the U.S., creating 25+ dance works. Jessica performed with Seattle all-stars Lingo dance theater, Scott/Powell Performance, Maureen Whiting Co., Salthorse, Carr Dance Media (NYC), Theater directors George Lewis and John Paulsen. While living abroad, she worked in Berlin for German MTV, Kristin Berger, Felix Ruckert, Jess Curtis/Maria Scaroni, & visual artist Eloise de Hauteclocque. She currently performs for Mark Haim Dance & Theater, having had the privilege of opening the ArtDan Festival in Paris, and forJoyce Theatre’s Focus Dance showcase in NYC.
Opening: a very long clean barren table. Performers enter and begin with a seance; to see if they are truly alone. Layers of stillness, hyper-physical choreography and “name” soliloquies, using Tennyson’s method for transcending the self (repeating his own name to lose his “ego”). Performers fluctuate in failure and attainment of physical contact/intimacy with each other inside projected landscapes: nauseating oceans, screaming roller coasters, blurry faced car drives, and starring Humpty Dumpty as the Fool. Unsentimental in nature, this performance is also a study in creating and annihilating loneliness thru performance; how to not be so lonely in being lonely, by being lonely together. Mostly, a comedy.