Jalianne Li - Choreographer
Jalianne Li, a dancer and choreographer from Moncton, NB, Canada, is passionate about exploring new and different ways of moving in the body, particularly in the face.
She began training at DancEast as a teenager, however it wasn’t until after completing her BSc from Dalhousie University that she realized that dance and choreography were passions that she wanted to pursue as a career. She went on to study dance and movement at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, UK, and apprentice with Springs Dance Company. During her time in London, Jalianne also created and performed work in London and The Netherlands through her company surFace Dance. She has collaborated with composers Tommaso Perego for surFace Dance projects and Salvo Nostrato on his LIVECT interactive art project.
After three years in the UK, Jalianne finally returned to The Maritimes and is eager to continue developing her dance career in Canada. She is a recent recipient of a Professional Development Grant from the New Brunswick Arts Board.
While studying at Laban, Jalianne came to the realization that, in contemporary dance, the face is hardly used and isn’t seen as having as much movement potential or interest as other body parts. This spurred her to research movement potential in the face, to see the face as composed of parts and not as a means for expression, and how this facial movement can then affect the body for her final choreography project. The results of this research has been a defining trait in her professional work ever since and she is continuing to develop this new movement vocabulary through her company surFace Dance.
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