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Jillian Harris



    • M.F.A. Dance, New York University: Tisch School of the Arts
      B.F.A.  Modern Dance, University of Utah

      Jillian Harris has had a distinguished professional career, touring nationally and internationally with the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company and Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers.  She appeared in the Metropolitan Opera world premiere of “Benvenuto Cellini” and played the feature role in the PBS broadcast of Della Davidson’s “Night Story." A youngARTS award winner, Harris has performed works by noted choreographers such as Doug Varone, Murray Louis, Laura Dean, David Rousseve, and Moses Pendleton.  She has shown her work at venues like Joyce SOHO (New York City), Chi Movement Arts Center (Philadelphia), The Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (Salt Lake City), and Bravo Caffe (Bologna, Italy).  Jillian is the producer, featured dancer, and assistant choreographer for Red Earth Calling (, a short dance film that won the Best Narrative Short award at the 2015 Maui Film Festival (Maui, Hawaii), Best Experimental Short award at the 2015 Toronto Independent Film Festival, and Best Narrative Short award at the Moondance International Film Festival (Boulder, CO).  The film has also been an official selection of the Athens International Film and Video Festival, Citizen Jane Film Festival, Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, Toronto Independent Film Festival, Action on Film International Festival, Movies by Movers Festival, and Pineapple Underground Film Festival (Hong Kong). Current projects include an interactive movement installation and an upcoming premiere in collaboration with the Mendelssohn Club and Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.  In addition to choreographing, Harris maintains an active teaching schedule, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses at Temple University and conducting master classes in the United States and abroad.

    • “Transforming Spaces for Dance.” Dance Chronicle 35.1 (2012)

      "Dynamic Souls, Shifting Landscape: Dance Training In The Post-Judson Era.” Dance Chronicle 32.2 (2009)

    • 2012
      Teaching, Creative Process in Dance, Temple University-Rome Summer Session

      Choreography, Inferno, a site-specific dance based on Dante's Inferno to be performed in Rome, Italy in June 2012

      Performance, DISIS Spring Showcase with L2Ork (Linux Laptop Orchestra), Squires Studio Theatre, Virginia Tech University

      Performance, Studio 34, Philadelphia, PA

      Interactive Performance Research, L2Ork (Linux Laptop Orchestra), Virginia Tech University

      Inferno, a site-specific work scheduled to be performed in Rome, Italy in June 2012

      Mass, a group work for twelve student dancers accompanied live by the Temple Percussion Ensemble, Philadelphia, PA

      Bob and June, a two-section duet begun in 2002 and later expanded in collaboration with Scott McPheeters

      Improvisational Scores, an evening of live improvisations with musician Christopher Farrell, Bologna, Italy

      ReCoil, a group work for seven community dancers, premiered in August 2010, Salt Lake City, UT

      Sonar, a solo in collaboration with musician Christopher Farrell premiered in 2010, Philadelphia, PA

      Shed, a duet in collaboration with Jill Voorhees Edwards premiered in August 2009, Salt Lake City, UT