Kevin Iega Jeff

Choreographer Director Educator

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Artistic Statement

Kevin Iega Jeff brings artists, dancers, students and communities to excellence. Inspiring, committed and disciplined, he enjoys working with established and emerging artists who seek to express the essence of who they are.

“Artists who embrace vulnerability, delight in learning, and communicate authentically excite me! The foundation of my practice is to explore the spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical realms when making work. How histories, cultures and aesthetics inform process; How the human diaspora speaks to unique perspectives and common experiences, and how we translate experience into dance.”

Brief Artistic Overview

Choreography: Ailey II, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Collage Dance Collective, Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theater,Dallas Black Dance Company, Dance Africa Chicago, DC Contemporary Dance Theater, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, JUBILATION! Dance Company, Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theater, River North Dance Company, Melissa Thodos Dance, Wylliams/Henry Danse Theater.

Theater/Film/Special Events: 1994 Academy Awards, Broadway’s Comin’ Uptown and The Wiz, A Deeply Rooted Evening featuring Roberta Flack, Nefertiti, Elton John’s Aida, The Gay Games, Penumbra Theater’s Black Nativity, Hartford Stage Oedipus the King, Living Arts international tour of Porgy and Bess, The 1996 Olympics, Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It, Jagged Ledges Collaboration with Stacey Ann Chin, Congo Square Theater’s The Nativity, The Goodman Theater’s By the Music of the Spheres, Chicago Sinfonietta at Chicago Symphony Hall, The JOMBA! Festival Durban South Africa, Heritage Works Detroit, MacArthur Foundation International Connections.

Community Theater: Community Performance International’s Grit & Grace, Swamp Gravy, Cross Tides, Scrap Mettle SOUL, Yoder Barn and more.

Residencies/Instruction: Complex Heritage Center, Salina Arts and Humanities, Howard University, Point Park University, SUNY Purchase, Goucher College, Purdue University, Marymount College, University of Las Vegas.

Awards/Honors: National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, The Julliard School’s 100 Outstanding Alumni, New York Bessie Award Nominee, USA Artist Nominee, National Council for Culture and Art, Black Theater Alliance Awards, International Association of Blacks in Dance Merit Award, Chicago Dance Makers Forum Lab Artists Award, African American Arts Alliance,  and more.

Education: Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center, Performing Arts High School, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, The Juilliard School, Madame Darvash School of Ballet, Voice: Jutta Rose, Acting: Uta Hagen Acting Workshop.

Photos by: Ken Carl