Jennifer Harge is a Detroit based educator and movement artist. Her approach to form interrogates how the multiplicity of her black and queer identities interface with postmodern dance. Her performances are committed to black and queer vernacular gestures, codes, and rituals as a way of writing in and exploring histories that have been misnamed or gone unnoticed. Harge’s most recent creative research is anchored in racialized surveillance, hyper-masculinity/femininity, and Black churchicality.
Through her work as a movement artist, she has been the recipient of residency and fellowship awards, and choreographic invitations from Detroit Institute of Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Knight Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Washington National Cathedral, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, University of Michigan, Duke University, and Wayne State University.
“I am honored to have been awarded the 2018 Eva Yaa Asantewaa Grant for Queer Women(+) Dance Artists. This project, Fly | Drown, speaks to the trajectory of my work more broadly, and the tools learned from this development period will provide substantial growth towards my work in Black dance coalition building in Detroit. In a city undergoing continued gentrification and displacement, this grant affords me the opportunity to simultaneous think critically about our needs as Black dance artists in Detroit and our relationship to Black collective care-taking in dance.” - Jennifer Harge, 2018 Yaa Asantewaa Grant Winner