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Grant Jacoby is a choreographer, performer, and teacher. Originally from Wellesley, MA, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Connecticut College, where he received his BA in Dance and Theater, and from Sarah Lawrence College, where he received his MFA in Dance. He was a company member of Quicksilver Dance and Lorraine Chapman The Company, and has performed in works by Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, David Parker & The Bang Group, Mark Dendy, Annie Kloppenberg, Lauren Simpson, and Audrey MacLean, among others. He has presented his choreography nationally and abroad in venues such as La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, Triskelion Arts, Movement Research, Green Space, The Mark O'Donnell Theater, The Dance Complex (Boston Globe Critic's Pick 2014 & 2015), Green Street Studios (Boston Globe Critic's Pick 2016), AS220 (Dorry Award 2016), RAW Boston (2014 Performer of the Year), Les Champs Melisey, and The International Festival of Arts & Ideas. He has had residencies at the Monira Foundation, The Dragon's Egg, mignolo arts center, SMUSH Gallery, Spoke the Hub, Dance Local, Green Street Studios, The Dance Complex, and as a part of The Shaker Dance Revival Project. Outside of producing his own work, he also spearheaded the Pop Up! Dance Series at Studio 550 and Morven Moves at Morven Museum & Garden. He has set choreographic work at Babson College, Endicott College, and OnStage Dance Company, and has choreographed numerous musicals including the premiere workshop and production of Friday the 13th: The Musical. As a teacher, he has been on faculty at Boston Ballet, The Boston Conservatory, Sarah Lawrence College, and The National Theater Institute.
I create dance works to unpack my fascination with how the human body can marry detailed minimalism and rogue athleticism through movement.
My dances explore notions and negotiations of queerness, space, line, and formalist structures seeped in post-modern and contemporary forms.
My dances might not necessarily "mean" anything to a casual observer, but are instead designed to be open for interpretation as a way of continuing conversations about time-based art.
I view my choreographic questioning to be ever-evolving as I deepen my exposure to, and research within, the medium.
In doing so, I try to keep the constant reminder to continue to adopt a sense of joy and play among the rigor.
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