Jenny Gram, of The JGram Project, speaks eloquently about what drives her to choreograph. “Using movement as a form of communication is universal and yet extremely complex like any conversation you have when questioning and dissecting the world around you. I’m drawn to the challenge both physically and mentally of examining the human experience and exploring the power of the human body.”
Gram cites nostalgia as the original impetus behind her piece for Presenting Denver’s Wine & Works-in-Progress Feedback Session, to be performed on March 8, 2019. “I was desperately missing New York after having picked up my life and moved to Denver. I was curious as to what memories were brought to life and how I presented those memories to myself in a particular light.” Interestingly, Gram is deviating from her accustomed method of assigning music to a work when three-quarters of the way finished. This time, she she started with a chosen score and is using it to inform her creative process.
Driven and forward-thinking, Gram has impactful aspirations for the future. “Most ambitiously, I’d like to build a professional training center, growing a community of artists and movers with the hopes of fostering their creativity and energy to engage and educate the larger population. I wholeheartedly believe art is a vehicle for change allowing communities to express and celebrate their shared humanity.”
Jane E. Werle: As an infant Jane E. Werle, unable to protest, was removed from Colorado by her well-meaning parents. In 2004 she was able to rectify this error when she relocated from Massachusetts to Boulder for graduate school. One M.F.A. and a husband later, Jane works to further the arts in the Front Range as a writer/editor and dance enthusiast (no-shame, first-on-the-floor amateur– despite some training– dancer). Jane is also a longtime nanny and a visual artist, taking one of these very seriously and the other as a growth experience. Every child she’s cared for has experienced some form of the SDP: Spontaneous Dance Party.