Raissa Simpson’s PUSH Dance Company Builds Vibrant Contemporary Dances To Gain A Deeper Understanding Of The Challenges Attributed To Mixed Heritage.


In Conversation with Jesse Bie

PUSH Dance Company is proud to present choreography by Jesse Bie on September 20-22, 2019 for PUSHfest Program A at ODC Theater in San Francisco. 


Tell us a little bit about your dance background.
I studied dance late in life and started taking classes when I was 19. I then pursued a degree in dance at San Diego State University but left the program when I was offered an opportunity to dance with The High Risk Group, an amazing queer dance company doing work around the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Since then I’ve danced with many local Bay Area dance companies like Scott Wells and Dancers, Stephen Pelton Dance Company, and Kulintang Arts. Now I’ve run my own dance company, STEAMROLLER, since 1994.

What can audiences look forward to seeing in your work at PUSHfest
Audiences can expect to see work that engages them intellectually, emotionally and viscerally that elevates a queer POC point of view. 

What are the major sources of inspiration for your choreography
Popular culture, how we digest and respond to information that is delivered to us is a major influence because it is a language that we are all familiar with. This familiarity promises a level of engagement with the work.

If you hadn’t chosen this career, what might you have been doing in your life?
Probably an arts administrator or a life of crime…

What advice would you pass on to an aspiring choreographer?
Pay your dancers! And remember, mama gets paid first…

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