• Saturday April 6 | 7:30 pm

    Vibrantly | Gentle | Explosions

    Join us for a Dance/Music performance by Jessica Cornish, Jason Finkelman and Kirstie Simson. These three performers will negotiate real time composition in performance, with projections of images by photographer Natalie Fiol.

Vibrantly | Gentle | Explosions


A Dance/Music performance by Jessica Cornish, Jason Finkelman and Kirstie Simson


An opportunity to experience an exploration of the nature of meaning as it arises in each moment, as these three performers negotiate real time composition in performance.


They will be working within a created environment using objects, and projections of images by photographer Natalie Fiol.


Jessica Cornish is a dance artist and improviser based in Los Angeles, California.


Focus on cross-cultural, improvised music led percussionist Jason Finkelman to combine laptop electronics and acoustic instrumentation to create his distinct ambient, avant-world sound. As a composer for dance, Finkelman has over twenty years of collaboration with choreographer Cynthia Oliver on works including Tether (2019), Virago-Man Dem (2017-18), BOOM! (2014-15) and “Bessie” award winning performances SHEMAD (2000) and Death’s Door (1996). He has also composed works for choreographers Renée Wadleigh, Nico Brown, Jessica Cornish, Renée Archibald, Jessie Young, and Nickels Sunshine. At University of Illinois, Finkelman directs Global Arts Performance Initiatives, and currently leads Improvisers Exchange programming for the Center for Advanced Study.


Natalie Fiol is a creative problem solver and communicator specializing in graphic design and photography. Natalie is a graphic designer in the College of Fine and Applied Arts and is the resident photographer for the Department of Dance, both at the University of Illinois. She thrives on building strategic relationships and generating powerful and effective visual solutions.


Kirstie Simson (UK) has been a continuous explosion in the contemporary dance scene, bringing audiences into contact with the vitality of pure creation in moment after moment of virtuoso improvisation. Called “a force of nature” by the New York Times, she is an award-winning dancer and teacher who has “immeasurably enriched and expanded the boundaries of New Dance” according to Time Out Magazine, London. Kirstie is renowned today as an excellent teacher, a captivating performer and a leading light in the field of Dance Improvisation. She is a professor of dance at the University of Illinois, and continues to teach and perform all over the world.