Jenna Balfe is a candidate for a Master in Dance Movement Therapy from Pratt Institute, New York. Her work is inspired by the earth's organic environment and human beings resonance within the environment or lack there of. She is interested in creating expression that is meditative and lends itself toward promoting healing of psychic and emotional space while engendering community. To that end, she currently works at the non-profit Nature Links for Lifelong Learning that serves the population of young adults with developmental delays.
She also is in a band , Donzii as the lead singer (See link below) Most recent art work : "The Body is a Feeling" shown at Movement Research's Open Performance in February 2016, With Dennis Fuller, Cassie Mills and Josh Millrod. "View" was performed at Knockdown Center in New York in July 2016, with Misael Soto and Dennis Fuller. She recently collaborated with Elizabeth Hart and Naomi Fisher for the performance aspect of Fisher's work which was shown in the group show On the Verge of an Image: Considering Marjorie Keller in Los Angeles at The Gamble house, October 2016. Created original choreography for collaboration with musician LXV commissioned by Miami Music Club for Common Field Miami, also October 2016.
Jenna is a multidisciplinary artist using dance, music, video, performance and sculpture to express herself to other humans. Upcoming work in 2017, dance on film to be shown at Placeholder Gallery and live performance of this work tba.
Nature Links: www.naturelinks.net
I make work to deepen my relationships to people, plants and the built environment.
• Miami Dade College, 2000- 2003 Associate in Arts of English
Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to adults 2006, Certificate
Hampshire College, 2007-2008
University of Massachusetts 2008-2010, Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Movement as a Form of Healing
Carlos Suarex De Jesus, “ The Horror, the Horror, A frightful journey into the art of darkness. Miami New Times, April 29, 2004. This article reviews the show I curated and organized “Ten Years”. (http://www.miaminewtimes.com/content/printVersion/247906/)
Press release BasFisherInvitational for the show “ Objects Found Dying Trying to Live Again” September, 2005 (http://basfisherinvitational.com/exhibitions/past/objectsfound/objectsfound.html)
Liz Tracy, “ Bhakti Baxter and Jenna Balfe talk about the must see-everyone-will-go art blowout in the DD”. Heat Lightning, Nov, 27 2011. An article about the collaborative installation I did with Misael Soto “ A place to make new friends”. http://theheatlightning.com/2011/11/27/bhakti-baxter-and-jenna-balfe-talk-about-the-must-see-everyone-will-go-art-blowout-tonight-in-the-dd
Eddie Arroyo, “ Jenna Balfe and Mr. Feathers,Body Movement Class, Art Live Fair 2012, Art Is About, Nov, 3 2012. An article and video about the workshops I held at the fair. http://artisabout.com/2012/11/03/jenna-balfe-and-mr-feathers-body-movement-class-art-live-fair-2012/
Eddie Arroyo, “Otto Von Schirach|Jenna Balfe|Southernmost Situations, Sept 9, 2012 , Performance piece. http://artisabout.com/2012/09/09/otto-von-schirach-southernmost-situations/
Eddie Arroyo, “Being” April 24, 2013 A performance Piece I choregraphed. http://artisabout.com/2013/04/24/being-jenna-balfe/
Rob Goyanes, “ Dancer Jenna Balfe at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden at The Miami Performance Festival” June 28,2013, Article about Dance non Fiction a dance/performance piece I set. http://www.miamiartzine.com/latest-features/editors-picks/1569-dancer-jenna-balfe-at-the-miami-beach-botanical-garden
Liz Tracy, “Artist Jenna Balfe Dances in Mangroves Teaches Healing with Performance and Nature” July 10, 2014, http://www.miaminewtimes.com/arts/artist-jenna-balfe-dances-in-mangroves-teaches-healing-with-performance-and-nature-6499602
Miami Music Club Video Documentation, October, 2016https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ntj7gbbfsc
Manifest Destiny - 2002- Curated by: Anat Ebgi with Janaina Vida Panconesi
“The Tourist” - Front and Center - The Box - 2003 - Solo performance piece
. “Red and Blue” - The Blue Show - 2003 - The Dorsch Gallery- Solo performance piece
“Ten Years” - 2004- Art show curated by Jenna Balfe - Commemorating Kurt Cobain
Swamp Thing - 2004- Winter Music Conference- Finnese and Runway
“Feelings” The Last Star Fighters- 2005 - Fundraiser for Interdisciplinary Sound Arts Workshop- performance with Mauricio Abascal
“Objects Found Living and Dying” - 2005- Bas Fisher Invitational - solo exhibition
“The Grotto” - Art Basel Miami Beach Artist’s Ball- 2007 Performance piece by Naomi Fisher. I
“Of Sound and Vision”- 2008- Honor Roll Music - Curated by: Aja Luna Albertson - Videoart in collaboration with Mauricio Abascal
“100 Breaths”- 2009 - Hampshire College - Dance Piece I choreographed - with Lily Gold, Mary Read, Sarah Blackwell and Mauricio Abascal
“Earth Intruders”- 2010- B.A Thesis Dance by Dana Albertson- Hampshire College
“ Salutations” - 2011- M.F.A Thesis Dance by Erin Christian Law- Smith College
“ Jungle Sweat Roseate” 2011- Art Basel- performance during opening of Naomi FIsher’s show at Vizcaya
“A Place to make new Friends” 2011- 3825 - Curated by Bhakti Baxter- Collaboration with Misael Soto
“Shimmer” 2012- Helped choreograph and performed in the TM sisters production debuted in the “Miami Made” show at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami.
“One Size Fits All, The Nightclub - May, 2012 - A group exhibition curated by Bhakti Baxter for the nomadic art platform “The Nightclub” I contributed “butt paintings”
“Body Movement Project” Janurary 2012-current- I currently am teaching this creative movement class at the Legal Art Residencey through the artist run project the end/Spring Break, Miami.
“BodyMovement Workshop” at the Art Live fair September 27, 2012.- A series of workshops I held during this multi-disciplinary fair.
“The Possesion” A performance piece in collaboration with musician Otto Von Schirach. September 9, 2012
“Eat The Rest But Leave Me The Taste” December 6, 2012 - A Performace piece
“Being”, Fundraiser for The Miami Performance Festival, April 24, 2013 - A Performace piece with Misael Soto, Dylan Romer, Jacqueline Falcone, Daliahah Koller and Olivia Ramos Herrera.
“Death” The Jacqueline Falcone Bed and Breakfeast, June 14, 2013 - A performance piece/conversation in collaboration with Bhakti Baxter
“Dance-Non-Fiction”, June 30, 2013- The Miami Performance Festival- A dance about relationships with: Mauricio Abascal, Natasha Lopez DeVictoria, Oliva Ramos Herrera, Cassie Mills, Daliahah Koller, Jean Crystal and Natasha Velez
“I Feel Sexy” July 14, 2013 - Jacqueline Falcone and Guru Rugu’s Bed in and Breakfeastat Cannonball Artist Residence. Solo performance
“Spinal Tap” August 30, 2013- The Collabo Show, curated by Bhakti Baxter. A movement and multi media collaborative performance with Magnus Sodamin, Katy Cora Stirman and David Alexander Bennet
“Rainbow Butt Relay Race” September 12, 2013, A performance event which occured at the after party for the Tm Sisters solo show at the David Castillo Gallery.
"Pattern Formation in Nature Lecture" October 5, 2013- Movement Performancewith Pebble Yaffe and Monica Userisowitcz at Gallery Diet, Miami, Fl
"Reflexion/Live" I- “2013” NDEX Performance Festival at the Museum of Modern Art in the Dominican Republic. A solo performance
“People Tree’s Here” July, 2014, A site specific dance performance, Miami, FL, Directed by Jenna Balfe, with dancer’s: Katie Stirman and Ewa Jefferson. Musicians: Dennis Fuller, Doug Weber, David Bennet
“The Body is a Feeling” February, 2016, Movement Research, NY,NY, Choreographed by Jenna Balfe, Dancers: Jenna Balfe and Cassie Mills. Musicians: Dennis Fuller and Josh Millrod
“View” July, 2016, The Knockdown Center, Brooklyn, NY, A collaborative dance with Misael Soto. Music by Dennis Fuller.
“Transcendence” October, 2016, Common Field Miami, Commissioned by The Miami Music Club, A original choreography collaborating with musician LXV.
“Humanimal” February, 2017, Original choreography created for site specific sculpture by artist Naomi Fisher. Dancers: Jenna Balfe and Nikki Salcedo. Music: Dennis Fuller and Doug Weber
“Holo” May 2017, Performed Choreography for Katie Stirman in piece commissioned for “Here and Now Festival” at Miami Light Project