E'lise Marie Jumes

MFA Candidate

E’lise Jumes is a movement philosopher, performer and curator. 

Her artistic virtues emerge from the desire to self-empower, diversify and encourage authorship. E’lise values both self and world knowledge that radiates rather than pushes, pulses rather than segregates. E’lise’s philosophical nature within pedagogy and her creative process are dependent on listening in multi-perceptual ways, deep periods of self-reflection and a constant fostering of intuition.

A native to the midwest, E’lise spent a majority of her life along the shores of Lake Michigan. E’lise earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Contemporary Dance and Choreography from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. During her time in Milwaukee, she produced and performed work at local venues such as the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, Milwaukee Art Museum, and MKE Follies. As a performer in the community, she had the pleasure of working with guest choreographers Rebecca Stenn, Mindy Meyers and Stephan Koplowitz. In 2013, E’lise was the recipient of the Wisconsin Dance Council Scholarship Award and participated in the community as a dance educator, performer, choreographer, and an activist for the LBGTQIA community.

E’lise’s post-undergraduate career brought her all over the world, attending multiple Gaga Movement Intensives in NYC and Israelwhile learning from former company members of Batsheva Dance Company, Bobbi Jene Smith, Shamel Pitts, and Shahar Binyamini under the guidance of Ohad Naharin. After returning to the states, she continued to perform and produce work in Chicago, IL until her most recent decision to pursue a graduate degree in dance.

E'lise is currently a second year Modern Dance MFA candidate with a Graduate Teaching Assistantship. In Spring of 2018, her research brought her to California to study voice with Meredith Monk. Since then she has performed in San Francisco’s Concept Series: 23 and Onsite Dances. Her most recent work Saudade was premiered at the Rose Wagner Theater in Salt Lake City as a part of Brine Dance Series. This coming winter E’lise will be heading to Los Angelos, California to research movement with Ate9 as Danielle Agami creates her newest work, Blind Lady which will be premiered in Spring of 2019.

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