Bodies In Motion: Jennifer Nugent & Wendy Woodson

The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA 01060)

Entertainment + Music

Jennifer Nugent danced with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company from 2009-2014 and David Dorfman Dance from 1999-2007, receiving a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for her work in the company. Nugent has been working collaboratively with Paul Matteson for the past nineteen years and has also performed with Martha Clarke, Lisa Race, Doug Elkins, Bill Young, Colleen Thomas, Kate Weare, Barbara Sloan, and Dale Andree. Jennifer's movement and teaching are inspired by all her teachers and mentors, most profoundly by Daniel Lepkoff, Wendall Beavers, Gerri Houlihan, David Dorfman, Bill T. Jones, Janet Wong, Wendy Woodson, and Patty Townsend. Jennifer received a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2019 from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. She is currently a teaching artist at Sarah Lawrence College, Gibney Dance NYC, and Movement Research NYC.

Wendy Woodson is a choreographer/writer/director and video artist. She has created more than 100 original dance, theater and video works as Artistic Director of Present Company, Inc., in collaboration with other artists, and as resident or guest artist with various universities and other dance and theater companies. These works have been produced and performed throughout the U.S., in Europe, New Zealand and Australia at venues such as The John F. Kennedy Center, LaMaMa Etc. NY, LaMaMa Melbourne, Washington Project for the Arts, Wolf Trap Academy of Performing Arts, Emerson Majestic, Jacob's Pillow, National Performance Network, P.S. 122 and at many colleges and universities. Videos have been exhibited at various festivals and colleges throughout the U.S. and in Europe (such as Deutscher Video Kunstpreis, New England Film and Video Festival, LA Film and Video Festival and at the DeCordova Museum. Recent video installations include Belonging: Reflections on Place commissioned by the Immigration Museum, Museum Victoria, Melbourne Australia and Sourcing the Stream at the A.P.E. Gallery, Northampton, MA. She has received numerous grants and awards for her work including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, the Fulbright Commission, the Rockefeller Foundation etc.. She is the Roger C. Holden Professor of Theater and Dance at Amherst College.