Jess

About artist

Jess Devereux is a choreographer, dancer and animateur. Jess studied at the Victorian College of the Arts, graduating with a Bachelor of Dance in ‘04 and First Class Honours in ’08.

Jess’ dance practice spans choreography, performance, teaching and mentoring. Her focus on the relationship between these areas can be seen in her role as Dance Animateur for Tracks Dance Company in Darwin (’09 – present.) With Tracks’ Artistic Directors Tim Newth and David McMicken, Jess collaborates on spectacular outdoor performances, facilitates choreographic development projects and classes, mentors up-and-coming dance-makers, teaches in remote Indigenous community Lajamanu, produces dance films and runs programs that aim to animate and inspire the Darwin community to participate in dance.

Jess maintains a rigorous approach to her own independent dance projects. Her choreographic explorations have an ongoing fascination with costume, femininity, organic and graphic movement and imagery, subtlety, strangeness and vulnerability in live (often improvised) dance performance. Jess has a burgeoning interest in dance photography and Indigenous Australian culture (in particular Warlpiri culture.) Jess is passionate about making and supporting dance in its’ many forms, and has contributed to projects by City of Melbourne, Footscray Community Arts Centre and Ausdance NT.

In 2014, Jess will continue working with Tracks as Dance Animateur. As an independent dance artist, Jess will develop her first choreographic work with an ensemble, entitled Beautiful Noise in collaboration with Kris Keogh (harpist/DJ) and five dancers (from VIC, QLD, NT + NSW.)