Jessica Runge is an award-winning dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She has performed to critical acclaim across Canada and internationally in the works of a number of notable choreographers, including Peggy Baker, Christopher House, and Holly Small. Runge was a member of the major Canadian dance companies the Toronto Dance Theatre and Le Groupe Dance Lab, and has been a long time collaborator with many local independent innovators, including Maxine Heppner, Yvonne Ng, & Susan Lee. Her own choreography has been presented at numerous venues and festivals, garnering recognition including DORA nominations and a KM Hunter Award.
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 Flying Hearts, a new work being developed by Michelle Silagy at/with Theatre Direct.