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Jessica Runge

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New for fall 2013, Jessica Runge will be offering dance classes for children in the Trinity-Bellwoods Neighbourhood. After many years of teaching in local schools, such as Niagara Street, Dewson, Lord Lansdowne, and Givins-Shaw, Runge will now be offering after school programs to local students, JK - grade 6.

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Jessica Runge

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In 2013: Jessica Runge continues work on her solo project, "The Possibility Dance," working with guest collaborators Susie Burpee, Deborah Dunn, Susanna Hood, and Heidi Strauss.

Also in 2013: Runge will facilitate two exciting outdoor dance projects created by children at local schools. At Givins-Shaw, Runge will be working with the kindergartens to create a number of outdoor dance performances that animate the green and playful areas around the school-yard. At Lord Lansdowne, she will work with the grade 2s and 3s to help them make dances in and around the themes expressed by their new student-painted 125th anniversary mural. These and other guest-artist projects are made possible with funding through the Ontario Arts Council's Artists in Education program. Runge will also be teaching at the Canadian Contemporary Dance Company (CCDT) for their youth Solar Dance program.

In May 2014, Jessica performs with Peggy Baker's Troupe at the Art Gallery of Ontario, as well as in Theatre Direct's "Once, and Then".


On October 5th, 2013, Jessica Runge danced her new solo, Ruff Room, before rapt audiences of all ages in FLY BY NIGHT, the Gladstone's all-night Nuit Blanche art festival. Ruff Room is a solo created with Susanna Hood for Runge as part of her Possibilities project, investigating context and content and their role in creating meaning in dance. Images here.

Runge performed in NXNE Interactive festival in June 2013, staging a looping version of her Possibility Dance in the Ryerson Quad. Nick-named NESW for NXNE, this staging of the dance faced the four directions, each time with different music and costume. View an excerpt of North, with music by Oliver Schroer. Video by John Lauener.

June also saw Heidi Strauss's work on the Possibilities project performed by Runge and Brendan Wyatt to an appreciative audience at the adelheid fundrasier.