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"My work is deeply rooted in the act of ODE-MAKING — choreographing poems & love letters to the artistic treasures that have shaped our cultural landscape, breathing new life into the echoes of the past."


Jessi Stegall she/her is a dance-theatre artist based between Chicago, IL and Boston, MA. She has been an artist-in-residence at Boston Center for the Arts, Harvard ArtLab, Rhode Island Women’s Choreography Project, New Dances Chicago, National Parks Service, Hot Crowd Dance Company, Little Fire Dance Collective, and was recently featured as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” (2022). Her choreographic work has been featured at the Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston), Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Boston Center for the Arts, the Dance Complex, Ballet Rhode Island, Motion State Dance Film Festival, Tufts University, The Edge Theatre, Fulton Street Collective, and Cambridge Art Association. As a dancer, Jessi has performed works by Raja Feather Kelly, Jill Johnson, Ilya Vidrin, Ali Kenner Brodsky, Mariel Pettee, and Jamila Glass. In addition to her work in dance, Jessi holds an M.S. in Ethics from Harvard University with a focus in Narrative Ethics, a B.S. in Expressive Art Therapy from Lesley University, and is an alumna of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

I currently approach dance-making as an act of ode: expressing curiosity for and paying homage to worlds built by others. The manifestation of this approach results in somewhat bizarre physical interpretations of real stories and artifacts that have been historically dismissed or overlooked. My guiding mission is to provide audiences an entry point into fields, studies, and narratives that they are not likely to encounter elsewhere. My work demands a high level of musicality, precision, and virtuosity. I believe my work is distinct in its rhythmically challenging and complex timing, strong incorporation of breath and vocal sound, and clear character development in nonlinear form. I infuse my work with humor and heartache, always aiming to produce high caliber work that is at once technically rigorous and wholly human. 


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