Jessica Runge is an award-winning dancer, choreographer, and teacher.
Runge has performed to critical acclaim across Canada and internationally in the works of a number of notable choreographers, including Darcey Callison, Peter Chin, Maxine Heppner, Christopher House, Sara Porter, Tedd Robinson, and Holly Small. She has danced in the major Canadian dance companies the Toronto Dance Theatre and Le Groupe Dance Lab, and has collaborated with many local independent innovators, such as Susie Burpee, Deborah Dunn, Susanna Hood, Andrea Nann, and Heidi Strauss. Her own choreography has been presented at numerous venues and festivals, garnering recognition including DORA nominations and a KM Hunter Award. Recently she danced in Peggy Baker’s Land | Body | Breath at the National Arts Centre as part of Canada’s 150 celebration in July 2017.
Runge’s work as a choreographer and interpreter investigates the way movement has meaning for audiences. Runge is interested in a range of expressivity, and has found potential in diverse physical vocabularies and structural forms (including: site-specific work, aerial dance, and interactive projects).
Since 2013, Runge has been based in studio 103 in Artscape Youngplace, as a member of the space-sharing Intergalactic Arts Collective. She teaches, rehearses, and performs out of the studio.
Upcoming performance projects include Her Heart by Peggy Baker at the Theatre Centre in Toronto and Flying Hearts, a new work being developed by Michelle Silagy at/with Theatre Direct.