Modern Connections Collective is an umbrella term that covers:
Modern Connections, a Horton based modern dance technique class
Connections Dance Theater, a project based performing group
Since 2014 Jenny has been teaching Modern Connections classes in various Greater Boston locations. Starting with one weekly class it has grown to 4 weekly classes bringing people from various backgrounds together to explore movement and story telling. She teaches from a trauma informed lens focusing on empowering students to engage with class material in a way that releases judgement and expectations.
In 2016, Connections Dance Theater was established as a way to express and process her creativity beyond the classroom. After creating her first evening length show, Hot Water Over Raised Fists, and during quarantine she began to look deeper at the ways movement and dance are conduits for communication and understanding.
Since the Summer of 2020, She's taken her curiosity of movement and explored new ways of engaging with the public through:
- A digital dance film (Hot Water Over Raised Fists: a closer look at belonging) made in collaboration with Cat Head Pictures, commissioned by Emerson College and currently on view in the Unsettling the Archive: Exploring Tufts’ Relationships with Land exhibit.
-The creation of a pilot residency program called Moving Through The Budget in collaboration with the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics and the City of Boston's Budget Department.
- Consultations with leading Arts Organizations in the city.
- Assisting the design process for performances at Harvard University as the assistant to HUCA commissioned artist in residence, Nailah Randall-Belinger's newest work: Initiation-In Love Solidarity
- Assisting the design process for performances at Tufts University as the Head of Dance Performance.
weekly movement class for a small space
September 2021 – March 2022
Slater Concourse Gallery / Medford
Artists: Çaca Yvaire, Lilly Manycolors, Erin Genia, Jenny Oliver and Sadada Jackson.
Unsettling the Archive: Exploring Tufts’ Relationships with Land uses materials from the Tufts University Permanent Art Collection and Tufts Digital Collections & Archives to explore the university’s relationship to the land it occupies, with a focus on making visible and unsettling the prevailing narratives of the campus ecosystem. To this end, the exhibition also seeks to present counternarratives to this archive, and will include contemporary work sourced from local artists and community members that consider questions of land and place.
Saturday, October 2, 2pm: Performance pop-up at The Arnold Arboretum,
Saturday, October 9, 3pm: Performance pop-up & conversation at the Barker Center Courtyard
Thursday, October 21, 6pm: Film screening and conversation at the Smith Campus Center
Saturday, November 13, 4pm & 7pm: In-Person + Virtual Performance