Jennifer Gwirtz's work emerged from a background in ballet, contemporary dance, technology, Butoh and visual art. Originally from Philadelphia, she began her career performing for ballet companies, then moved to contemporary dance when she arrived in San Francisco. She developed a passion for blending disciplines while earning her MFA in New Genres at San Francisco Art Institute. In the 1990s she created theatrical, movement-based experiments that challenged assumptions about performance for theaters, galleries and outdoor spaces. In 1998 she and John Baumann formed Right Brain Performancelab as a collaborative group for performance experimentation. She is responsible for the gargouillade that is inserted into nearly every show as a stylistic easter egg for unsuspecting balletomanes. (Not sure what that is? Look it up!) She currently lives and makes work in Portland, Oregon. More on Jen here.
Originally from Oswego, New York, John Baumann has been producing, writing and performing in the Bay Area for nearly twenty years after studying literature, theology, philosophy and theater at Drew University. His energetic and philosophical solo performances have been seen at The Marsh, Theater of Yugen, Climate Theater, and The EXIT Theatre. He co-directed Right Brain Performancelab with Jennifer Gwirtz from 1998 through 2010. John appeared in Goldie Award-winner Dan Carbone's There Be Monsters and other plays. John is a workshop facilitator for and became Co-Executive Director of The Field San Francisco in 2005. He currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
Photo credits: Steven Gelberg, Lance Huntley, Jo Nemoyten, Kegan Marling. Videography credit: Loren R. Robertson Productions.