Bobbi Jene Smith

CPA Technical Residency for Broken Theater

Director, choreographer and dancer who makes work for live theater and film.

Longtime CPA collaborator and choreographer Bobbi Jene Smith returns to CPA in fall 2022 for a technical residency to complete Broken Theater, a work created during the peak of the pandemic.

Initially conceived as a virtual presentation, Bobbi Jene’s residency allows her to bring this cinematic dance-theater piece to life on stage for the first time. 

About Bobbi Jene Smith

Bobbi Jene Smith is a director, choreographer and dancer who makes work for both live theater and film. Her work explores affect and apathy, domestic politics, and the rhythmic and formal connections between music and movement. She danced for the Batsheva Company from 2005-2014. Since then she has choreographed original work for the Martha Graham Dance Company, Los Angeles Dance Project, VAIL Dance Festival, CORPUS of The Royal Danish Ballet, the Batsheva Dance Company, and others. Her dance and music theater works have been presented and supported by the American Repertory Theater, PS 122, La Mama, ODC Theater, Stanford Live, Carolina Performing Arts, Kaufman Hall at the 92nd st Y, Luminato Festival, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and others. Additionally, she has starred in or choreographed films including Elvira Lind’s “Bobbi Jene,” Georgia Parris’s “Mari,” and Alex Garland’s “Annihilation.” She has directed her own dance films including “Broken Theaterand “Gallop Apace.”

Smith is an alumnus of the Juilliard School, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Royal Winnipeg School. She is a founding member of the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC). In 2019 she was awarded The Harkness Promise Award and was The Martha Duffy Resident Artist at Baryshnikov Art Center. Smith is currently an Artist In Residence at LADP.

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