About

Janessa Clark (American/Swedish) is a choreographer and performance maker. She holds an MA (Hons) in Performance Practices and Research from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London where she also received distinction for her thesis Vicious Terrain: Rupturing Choreography through Co-Authorship. Janessa also holds a BFA (magna cum laude) in Choreography from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University where she received the Undergraduate Award for Excellence for her choreographic work. She founded and directed the New York City-based dance collective, Janessa Clark/KILTERBOX, from 2001-2012 and in 2012 dissolved KILTERBOX to form nomadthenewcompany, which worked internationally until 2017.  Janessa now creates work under her own name.

Photo by Maria Baranonva-Suzuki

Photo by Maria Baranonva-Suzuki

As a dancer and performer, Janessa has collaborated with acclaimed artists such as Tino Sehgal, Gina Gibney/Gibney Dance, Noemie Lafrance Sens|Production, Michael Cole, Jennifer Tsukayama, Laura Peterson Choreography, Lior Lerman, Steeledance, Jenni Hong, Veronika Tybell, and Disa Krosness among others. She has collaborated on performative photographic/visual projects with Martin Cooper, Christopher Matthews, and Craig Wells.

Janessa is a 2018-19 Artist in Residence at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning and was a 2018 resident at THE CHURCH Artist Residency in Mt. Vision, NY. During June 2019 she will also embark upon an artist fellowship in St. Petersburg, Russia through CEC ArtsLink’s prestigious Back Apartment Residency program. Janessa’s choreography has been presented throughout the US and Europe most notably at Danspace Project (NY), Dixon Place (NY), Dance New Amsterdam (NY), WOW Cafe Theater (NY), the DANCENOW Festival (NY), the Webber Douglas Performance Space (London), CounterPULSE (SF), Teatro Victoria (Spain), Teatro Cicca (Spain), and Danscentrum (Stockholm). She was also the choreographer and a performer for the prize-winning short film Squeeze Play (2004 d. Chiedu Egbuniwe) and has had her own film work presented in the Stockholm Dansfilm Festival, the Thessaloniki Cinedance International, the ViDEOSKiN Film Festival in Yukon Territory, the Triskelion Dance Film Festival, and upcoming in festivals in Arizona, Oklahoma, Utah, and Michigan.

An accomplished dance pedagogue, Janessa specializes in dance improvisation, choreographic practices, sounding bodies, repertory, and modern dance technique. Her classes and courses have been on programs in the US at Dance New Amsterdam, Steps on Broadway and New York University's Summer Dance Festival, the College at Brockport, and Montclair State University, and internationally at the University College of Dance and the Balletakademien (Stockholm), Luleå Tekniska Universitetet (Luleå, Sweden), iKapa Dance Theater (Cape Town, South Africa) and via the HIGH FESTIVAL (Yerevan, Armenia).

Janessa has over 15 years of curatorial and arts management experience and has developed strong programming initiatives and international touring models for artists/companies such as Gibney Dance, David Dorfman Dance, GALLIM, Alexandra Beller/Dances, Deganit Shemy, Gallim and Erica Essner Performance Co-Op. She was the assistant producer for the highly-acclaimed 2012 Brink Festival in London, and is currently developing a multi-disciplinary arts residency project in Stockholm to launch in 2021.

Janessa resides in Brooklyn, NY.


Awards, Residencies & Prizes

Artist in Residence (2018/19) Jamaica Center for the Arts Queens, NY

Artist Fellowship (2019) Back Apartment Residency St. Petersburg, Russia

Future Becomes Past Official Selection 2019 Screendance Festival Stockholm, Sweden

Future Becomes Past Official Selection 2019 Oklahoma Dance Film Festival Tulsa, OK

Future Becomes Past Official Selection 2019 Utah Dance Film Festival Orem, UT

Future Becomes Past Official Selection 2019 Midwest RAD Festival Kalamazoo, MI

Int’l Cultural Exchange Grant Future Becomes Past (2018) Konstnärsnämnden/Swedish Arts Council

Future Becomes Past Official Selection 2018 Stockholm Dansfilm Festival Stockholm, Sweden

Future Becomes Past Official Selection 2018 Phoenix Dance Film Festival Phoenix, AZ

Future Becomes Past Official Selection 2018 Triskelion Arts Dance Film Festival Brooklyn, NY

Future Becomes Past Official Selection 2018 Divulge Dancers' Film Festival  Hollywood, CA

Future Becomes Past Official Selection 2018 Thessaloniki Cinedance International Festival Greece

Artist in Residence (2018) THE CHURCH Artist Residency Mt. Vision, NY

Kensington Unicorn Official selection 2017 Stockholm Dansfilm Festival Stockholm, Sweden

Translate, Intertwine, Transgress Choreographer/Architect lab artist  Moderna Museet Stockholm, Sweden

Commissioning funds for (inner)views I-VII    Harlem Stage Fund for New Work

Commission support for Pith and Blowback    Manhattan Theater Source/Estrogenius Festival

 Commission support for Laura   WOW Cafe Theater

Commission and European tour support for Tesseract   Thompson & Knight Foundation

Commissioning Funds for (inner)views I-VII    Gibney Dance, Inc Women at Work Prize

Residencies Tesseract (2005), Volution (2010), Future Becomes Past film (2018) DanceNOW Silo Residency




Janessa’s 2018-19 EtM Choreographer + Composer Residency at the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning is made possible by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the George L. Shields Foundation, The Reed Foundation, AOH Foundation, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for their support of the EtM Choreographer + Composer Residencies

The residency program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.