Jennifer Weber (Artistic Director)
See Also: www.jenniferwebernyc.com
Jennifer Weber is the founder and artistic director of Decadancetheatre—an all-female, hip-hop, dance theater company based in Brooklyn. Trained in dance studios and nightclubs in NYC, Philadelphia, and London, Weber has always been a student not just of dance technique, but of the larger cultural meanings of urban movement. As an artist, Weber seeks to explore hip-hop as the key emerging language of a global youth culture. Since founding Decadancetheatre in the Summer of 2001, Weber has choreographed six original, evening-length, hip-hop ballets: I Dance (2001), Heroin(e) (2002), Behind the Beat (2003), Decadance Vs. The Firebird—a Hip-Hop Ballet (2004), Gamon (2005) and MAX338 (2008).
Decadance Vs. The Firebird, Weber’s urban re-imagination of the classic Stravinsky ballet was presented at the 2004 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and the 2004 New York International Fringe Festival where the hip-hop ballet mash up received the “Excellence in Choreography” Award. Firebird has toured all across the US and UK. Behind the Beat, Weber’s previous work examining lost identity in contemporary club culture at the Williamsburg Art NeXus, was nominated for a 2004 Bessie Award (Time Out New York Audience Choice Award). More recently, Weber was a semi-finalist for the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Dance Break Award and received a SSDC Observership under Marcia Milgrom-Dodge as well as a 2008 Brooklyn Arts Council Grant.
Outside of DECA, Weber has choreographed for Reebok, the ACLU, Dance Spirit Magazine, Bloomberg, Direct Effect (MTV), Beatstock (WKTU 103.5) Bloomberg, DJ Spooky, DB, Contrapasso Modern Dance, and Pras of The Fugees. Weber also starred in Cheryl Dunn’s award-winning dance film, “Come Mute” which was showcased as part of the exhibit “Beautiful Losers” at Yerba Buena and Orange County Museum of Art. Weber’s own dance short, “Big City Lover” was shown as part of the Captured: Video Dance Series at Dance Theatre Workshop. Weber holds a BA in Communications (Cum Laude, 2000) from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently a visiting artist at Mt. Holyoke College. She has also taught all over the US, UK and for Team Toshiba/National Basketball League of Japan (Tokyo). Weber has been featured in Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit Magazine and Dance Teacher Magazine. In addition, Weber recently worked with Tony Award winner George Faison (The Wiz) on the Sankofa Dance Project.