Jasmine Hearn (she/they) is a performer, director, choreographer, organizer, and teaching artist. A native Houstonian, she graduated magna cum laude from Point Park University with her BA in Dance. She currently collaborates with filmmaker and visual artist, Alisha B. Wormsley. Jasmine has worked and performed with David Dorfman Dance, Alesandra Seutin (UK), Solange Knowles, Kate Watson-Wallace, STAYCEE PEARL dance project, Marjani Forté-Saunders, Jenn Meridian, Helen Simoneau Danse, Lovie Olivia, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and Nick Mauss (as part of the performance cast of TRANSMISSIONS—an exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art).
Jasmine is a 2018/2019 Movement Research artist-in-residence, was a 2018 Dancing While Black fellow, and was awarded a 2017 Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance as a part of Skeleton Architecture. They also received artist residencies at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Jerome@Camargo Residency in Cassis, France, and Dance Source Houston. Jasmine is a vessel and storyteller using dance and sound as materials to make, teach, and perform around the world.
The body of my work is rooted in the belief, born of language from my work with Marjani Forté-Saunders, Tara Aisha Willis, and Staycee Pearl, that I am a vessel for ancestry and spirt to speak through. I offer work that remembers and honors past, speaks of present, and prepares community for future. As a choreographer, dancer, sound-maker, and performer, I am investigating how the body is able to use memory, sensation, and imagination as ways to enter embodied practices to articulate story, ancestry, and personal truth. I use dance and sound as materials to conjure an environment to be experienced. I ask, “How can the body and voice act as bridges that connect communities with their individual truths and how these truths live together. Working as a freelance artist, I have had many opportunities to engage with community—teaching dance and movement classes, facilitating spaces for movement/sound exploration, performing in multidisciplinary projects, and creating intimate, immersive performance experiences. I am committed to the facilitating environments that gives space for folks to connect with their fantasies and feelings.
Photo courtesy of Whitney Browne Photography.