Jessica Ray is a dance artist new to Chicago from New York. She works in improvisational forms, creating abstract, live performance of endurance, risk, and precise choice. In addition to solo work, she collaborates with composers and other choreographers, teaches, and performs in the work of others. In NY her work was presented at Roulette Intermedium, the Movement Research Festival and Judson Church, the Chocolate Factory, the Flea Theater, Food for Thought at Danspace Project, and Pieter PASD. She has performed in the work of Renée Archibald, Megan Byrne, Laurie Berg, Elizabeth Ward, Nina Winthrop, and Christopher Williams. In addition to her performance work, she has curated for Roulette Intermedium, moderated talk backs at the Flea Theater, and supported the dance community in administrative roles at Movement Research and Roulette Intermedium.
Jessica moved to Detroit in 2013, and taught as an adjunct professor at Wayne State University. In 2013 she also became a mother. Jessica and her family moved to Chicago in January 2016.