VANESSA JUSTICE DANCE was formed in 2007 in Brooklyn, NY. Vanessa constructs aesthetically layered dances that stem from rigorous investigations into form, content, and process.
Vanessa uses the term "relational choreography" to describe her research: She studies how choreography and the body act as multi-faceted, layered processes in which different sources/styles/modes of information meet and create a context for interplay. Vanessa is also inspired by the phenomenon of the body and the dynamic processes of perception, and she invents a specific movement vocabulary for each new work. Her choreography gives specific attention to tone, qualitative nuance, state-of-being, and space/place/environment.
FLATLAND (2009) Kendra Portier, Alli Ruszkowski, and Maggie Bennett
Vanessa has worked with performer Kendra Portier since 2002; Other performers in her work have included Maggie Bennett, Alli Ruszkowski, Talya Epstein, Lily Ockwell, Devika Wickremesinghe,Kristin Hapke, Yari Alcaraz, and contemporary artist, Janine Antoni
Vanessa Justice is a choreographer and performer living in New York City. She has staged works in and been commissioned by venues in US cities, NYC, and abroad. She is currently working on a multi-channel video project to be installed at the New Museum, NYC.
Vanessa's work has been seen at/supported by New York Live Arts, Movement Research at Judson Church, Dixon Place, Joyce Soho, Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, BRIC, Kumble Theater, Salzburg Academy of Experimental Dance (Austria), The Republic (Austria), San Diego State University, and Wesleyan University, among others. Her work has also been staged in Poland and Germany.
Vanessa has been a recipient of New York Live Art's Studio Series residency (2012), and has been an artist-in-residence with Movement Research, Liguria Study Center (Bogliasco Fellowship), Joyce Soho, The Corporation of Yaddo, and the Salzburg Academy of Experimental Dance.
Supported by a Watson Fellowship, she spent a year studying and performing in Asia and Europe. In 2001, the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) awarded Vanessa for her research about how choreography redefines cultural beliefs about the body. In addition, Vanessa collaborates on videodance with Rachel Boggia, Professor of Dance at Bates College.
Though Vanessa was highly trained in ballet and postmodern dance, she researches the body, consciousness, and somatic practices to inform her choreography. She develops a unique movement vocabulary for each work. In addition to studying western forms, she has lived and danced in non-western cultures including India, Nepal, Taiwan, Java and Hawaii.
Vanessa has taught courses at Long Island University, Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, The Ohio State University, and the University of Hawaii. She also maintains a private practice teaching pilates in Brooklyn.
Vanessa graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Religious Studies/Philosophy from Pomona College, and earned an MFA in Choreography from The Ohio State University.