Jessica John is a circus artist, director, producer, choreographer, and health and movement coach. In her personal practice, she specializes in corde lisse (rope), rope loop, aerial fabric, and dance trapeze. An ardent movement researcher, she was a competitive athlete, teenage “rockette,” and skier, before finding a passion for circus in 2009. In 2017, after the 2016 US presidential election, she left a career as an intelligence officer with the CIA, to pursue coaching, performing, and directing full-time. Jessica’s work challenges gender norms through displays of virtuosic strength and flexibility and rejects narrative structures as a primary humanizing device. The empathetic space she creates for performers combines with compelling visuals to make award-winning collaborative and solo works. Jessica is the founder and director of Alter Circus, a feminist contemporary circus and performance company. She also previously directed Vaudoux Aerial Dance Theatre and Steal A Step.
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A quick thank you to my patrons, Michele Chubirka and Cindy Abramson. Your support makes my art possible. With your help, I can continue creating award-winning solo and collaborative works that challenge audiences to reconsider: what is circus, what is gender, and what is intimacy. To become a patron, please visit my Patreon page.