.Jessica Runge


Photo: Omer K. Yukseker
The Possibility Dance, 2010. Choreography and performance by Jessica Runge.

Possible Dances


Possible Dances began in 2010, when I created the The Possibility Dance.

In this original solo, the physical metaphors of presence and absence were used to explore the experiences of loss and hope. Both initial and subsequent stagings of this dance used different costumes, settings, and music to consider the relationship between context and content and the way these two elements interact to create meaning for audiences.

In 2013, with the encouragement of my project mentor, Holly Small, I embarked on a research project with five collaborating artists: choreographers Susie Burpee, Deborah Dunn, Susanna Hood, Heidi Strauss and dancer Brendan Wyatt. Each of my collaborating choreographers was charged with the task of using her own artistry to express what seemed essential to her about my original dance. In our work together, my original solo was re-imagined: three times as a new solo and once as a duet.

I have been constantly fascinated by the processes and results, by the intricate connections and the divergences, and, finally, by the way each dance developed to become its own distinct work.

I was pleased to be able to share the results of our work at the intimate Intergalactic Arts Collective Studio in Artscape Youngplace, Toronto, May 28 - June 7, 2015.

It is my hope that these works will continue to have a life on informal and formal stages for some time. Please contact me or join my mailing list to find out more about this and other upcoming projects.

~ Jessica Runge

For a bit of back-story, please have a look at Lucy Rupert's interview with me on her blue ceiling dancer blog

The Program

Ruff Room

Choreography and Text: Susanna Hood with Jessica Runge

Paying tribute to Runge’s life as a mother and daughter, Ruff Room embodies the disorienting experience of loss in the context of joyful renewal.

~ Susanna Hood


Photo: Dallard Runge. Jessica Runge and Brendan Wyatt.

at once (im)possible

Choreography: Heidi Strauss, in collaboration with Jessica Runge and Brendan Wyatt

...exploring a relationship faced with something that changes its reality, how it survives a sea of unknowns—and how each person’s perception of an exact moment they experience together is often (and of necessity) quite different.

~ Heidi Strauss


Dancer with Urn

Choreography: Deborah Dunn with Jessica Runge

... the dance has...come to consider rituals around death... and may even be one.

~ Deborah Dunn


....................................................Photo: Dallard Runge

To Live is to Fly

Choreography and Video: Susie Burpee with Jessica Runge

...a nod to the things we carry with us and the things that don't make the journey

~ Susie Burpee






Audience Responses

"The performances were beautiful, intense and emotional. Amazing work!"

"Profound, strong and magical"

"Four dances; four distinct worlds, and what it does to see them in a space with such character itself."

"A beautiful and thoughtful performance."



Photo: Omer K. Yukseker
The Possibility Dance, 2010. Choreography and performance by Jessica Runge.

For the show:

Concept: Jessica Runge
Collaborators: Susie Burpee, Deborah Dunn, Susanna Hood, Heidi Strauss, Brendan Wyatt
Lighting Design: Simon Rossiter
Stage Management: Laura Cournoyea

Thank you to the inspiring and generous creative team, for joining me on this adventure, and for sharing your energy, artistry, and intelligence.

Thank you to my family for your love (always) and for your help with this project.

Thank-you to all the people who have helped out in so many ways along the way: Angela Blumberg, Dawne Carleton, Simla Civilek, Jesse Dell, Roy de Freitas, James Kendal, John Lauener, Sara Porter, Joshua Sailo, Ginger Scott, Omer. K. Yukseker, the members of the Intergalactic Arts Collective, the Artscape team, Evidance, the Dance Current, and Steamwhistle.

Possible Dances was created with the support of hub14 through the incubator project, and by the Dancemakers Centre for Creation through a Residency Project.


Jessica Runge gratefully acknowledges the support of the following sponsors: