Jason is a choreographer, performer, and dance educator. His relationship to movement and the body is informed by his experience in different dance forms including classical ballet, tap dance, tanztheater, Gaga, and improvisation- based contemporary work. Jason is inspired in his creative work by folk traditions, music, film, literature, philosophy and technology. He has worked with artists and teachers including Alonzo King, Dwight Rhoden,  Johannes Wieland, and Hofesh Shechter. As a teacher and dancer, Jason employs improvisational tools to encourage full-body awareness in order to develop a range of dynamic movement qualities. The potential of the body to convey “thinking” through movement is a key aspects of his work. As a choreographer Jason has created work for the North Carolina Dance Theater, Hofesh Shechter’s “In Good Company 2011”, SchrittArt Köln, TanzArt Ost/West, JET, the youth company at Tanzhaus nrw, and in residence at the Tanzhaus Zurich. Together with dancer/ choreographer Ekaterine Giorgadze, Jason collaborates as company MuddyBoots.  In 2013 MuddyBoots premiered their first full-length work “3:1” at the Gallus Theater in Frankfurt.  “3:1” was presented at the 25th Hessian Theater Festival where it was awarded the jury prize for “Best Ensemble Performance”.

In February 2014, Jason completed the Masters Program for Contemporary Dance Education (MA CoDE) at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt (HfMDK). Currently MuddyBoots is developing a new choreographic work in collaboration with poet Fred Schmalz and composer Kotoka Suzuki to be premiered in 2015.

Upcoming performances by MuddyBoots can be found at www.companymuddyboots.com

To find out when and where Jason will be teaching next click on Classes from the menu above.


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