Larissa Velez-Jackson (LVJ) is a choreographer and hybrid artist. Using improvisation as a main tool for research and creation, LVJ’s work focuses on personhood and the dancing/sound-making body. She employs humor to welcome a wider audience to contemporary critical performance and discourse. As artistic director of the LVJ Performance Co., Velez-Jackson’s works have been featured at The Bushwick Starr, The Chocolate Factory Theater, Roulette, Museum of Art and Design, Danspace Project, New Museum of Contemporary Art, American Realness Festival at Abrons Arts Center and New York Live Arts.

In 2014, LVJ premiered “Star Crap Method” at The Chocolate Factory Theater, a culmination of three years of studio and stage research in improvisational dramaturgy and performance. She was also a Movement Research Artist-in-Residence (2012-2013), a Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide artist-in-residence with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2013), an El Museo Del Barrio Artist in Residence (2014-2015), a Live Feed artist-in-residence at New York Live Arts (2015-2016), and most recently an artist in residence at 92 St Y’s Harkness Dance Center (2017-2018).

Photo credit: Scott Shaw