Guest Judges | Jessy Layne Tuddenham


Jessy

Guest Judge: May 15


 

 

Jessy Layne Tuddenham is a dancer, writer, performance maker and dramaturg. Over the past two decades she has performed across Europe and the Americas in settings ranging from months-long museum installations to extempore bar sets. Since 2012, Jessy has worked regularly with Tino Sehgal, producing and performing in a number of Sehgal’s signature constructed situations. Alongside her career as performer and performance maker, Jessy has taught dance, performance, and movement arts, inter alia, at Mills College, Oakland, University of the Arts, Berlin, Xingwei College Shanghai, and dOCUMENTA.

In late 2018 Jessy found herself in Los Angeles for the better part of a year where she undertook research into the behavioral norms of the LA stand-up scene. The result of her time is Standing Up, a new solo series that tropes the generic conventions of standup while holding the hope that making people laugh—and forcing them to dance, awkwardly—can be a redemptive practice.

Alongside Standing Up, current works in progress include a cycle of stories, parables, and prose poems written to be read aloud, some of which Jessy has performed at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, and featured in her program Landscaping, broadcast on Cashmere Radio, Berlin.

Jessy was born in 1975 and hails from Salt Lake City, Utah.