list of works

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(un)covered

Music: Esferas (Divan Gattamorta)

Number of Dancer(s): Nine

(Un)covered explores the individuality of each dancer after exposing and literally shedding one’s clothing to reveal an inner identity. Within a more contemporary ballet language, the dancers visit relationships of competition, sudden actions, and intimidation within the fiery sound track. This is also Obremski's first "contemporary ballet" and this is an "uncovering" of what is possible for Obremski, as a choreographer, towards a broader movement vocabulary and language.

This work was commissioned by Diversity of Dance.

World premiere at Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts (July 2019) performed at Hofstra University.


Layered

Music: Miller’s Meadow (Senking)

Number of Dancer(s): Fifteen

The dancers of Gibney Dance Company's Summer Intensive 2019 were in immense collaboration with Obremski, as the work's choreographic director, for the creation of Layered. The dancers were asked to take a base phrase and implement the various qualities and movement identities that they were exploring throughout the intensive (repertory by Bobbi Jene Smith, Micaela Taylor, and Adam Barruch as well as classes by Gibney Dance Company's Artistic Associates/Co-Directors). The work speaks to all of the layers that we, as dancers and people, can add unto ourselves while exploring the possibility of showing one's own natural self, which may already be complex.

This work was commissioned by Gibney Dance Company for their Summer Intensive 2019.

World premiere at Gibney Dance Center 280 (June 2019).

Photograph courtesy of Katie Soloway

Photograph courtesy of Katie Soloway


Photograph by Mark F. Conrad

Photograph by Mark F. Conrad

Touch

Music: Untitled 3 (Sigor Rós)

Number of Dancer(s): Six

Touch is a work that touches on the power of connection between individuals whether this be physical and/or non-physical. The work connects with moments and relationships that slip away into larger swells of the physical and emotional space. It asks the performers to be extremely aware of each other with clear initiations and connections.

This work was commissioned by Sacred Heart University.

World premiere at Sacred Heart University’s Spring Concert (March 2019).


Mistaken

Music: Shading (Senking)

Number of Dancer(s): Twenty-Two

Through a creative residency at Fort Hamilton Joffrey Academy, in Mistaken, we are taken through the journey of an outside figure being ignored and ostracized. There is, though, a mistake within this judgement from the group. Within the work there are multiple physical conversations between the outsider and the community towards convincing them otherwise.

This work was commissioned by Fort Hamilton Joffery Academy.

World premiere at Diversity of Dance's Dancing Beyond Concert at Manhattan Movement Arts Center (January 2019) then later performed at the High School Conference (March 2019), Fort Hamilton Joffery Academy’s spring concert (May 2019), and The Jamaica Dance Festival (June 2019).

Photograph by Corey Melton

Photograph by Corey Melton


Photograph by Shannel Resto

Photograph by Shannel Resto

Perception

Music: Bibo no Aozora (Ryuichi Sakamoto)

Number of Dancer(s): Eighteen

In response to the vast amounts of the political news and discussions between the US - Mexico border wall, the concept for Perception was imaged. Perception is not a direction for these discussions though it explores and shares light on the possibilities of physically removing a border, represented be a taped line, separating the audience and the dancers. With one performer beginning on the outskirts of a physically taped line, with the audience, this performer enters the space immediately acknowledging the differences between groups. The work then dives through various relationships between people to this representative line or wall. With this taped line in space, the dancers are disconnected to the audience allowing us to think on perspectives we individually want to connect to.

This work was commissioned by Diversity of Dance.

World premiere at Diversity of Dance's Dancing Beyond Concert at Manhattan Movement Arts Center (January 2019).


Opportunity

Music: Opportunity (Jarom Hansen, an original composition)

Number of Dancer(s): Five

Opportunity stems from a deep relationship built between choreographer, Jesse Obremski, and Brigham Young University (BYU). With various visits to BYU before this work’s creative process, Jesse felt an immense sensitivity to community and family, which then inspired the work. The work goes through the journey of a knit family of four and an outsider that has a desire to join such a community. It dives into the conversation about sharing space for others and, in doing so, how that can be truly empowering for all; How beautiful it can be when fully giving yourself to another and how one’s choice(s), when given such an ‘Opportunity’, is an incredible responsibility.In collaboration with BYU composer, Jarom Hansen this ten minute work has an original score as well as a dance film, with videography by Scott Cook.

This work was commissioned by Brigham Young University and BYU’s Contemporary Dance Theater.

World premiere at Brigham Young University’s Contemporary Dance Theater’s Concert (February 2019), and later performed in Prague, Czech Republic (July 2019) and DUMBO Dance Festival (October 2019).

Photograph by Gabriel Mayberry

Photograph by Gabriel Mayberry


Photograph courtesy of Diversity of Dance

Photograph courtesy of Diversity of Dance

Lost & Found

Music: Ekki Múkk (Sigór Ros)

Number of Dancer(s): Twelve

Hearts of Men is a program created through and by Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance. This program, for boys/men of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences, creates an incredible community. Lost & Found speaks to this unbreakable community. The work speaks to the fact that even though this intensive is only in August (in 2018), the participants are forever connected by the relationships built through Hearts of Men. No matter how lost these participants may be, in their artistic or personal lives, they will always have the brotherhood and community created at Hearts of Men to support them. Always.

This work was commissioned by Diversity of Dance.

World premiere at Diversity of Dance's Hearts of Men at The Ailey CitiGroup Theater (August 2018) then later performed at The Jamaica Dance Festival (June 2019).

"It [Jesse Obremski's Lost & Found] is the epitome of Diversity of Dance's Hearts of Men"

- Edwin Rodriguez, Choreographer and Dance Artist with Diversity of Dance


Courage

Music: Says (Nils Frahm)

Number of Dancer(s): Nine

Courage is a work that has a deep relationship with the compositional score by Nils Frahm. Within the score, the flow is a constant and builds towards a climax similar to a wave, which the dancers encompass on stage. As the dancers continually move downstage, through the entirety of the work, there is desire cultivated to go against the grain, against the waves, against the normalcy of this forward motion. The work comments on our lives as artists, where we are making choices and challenging the field, and therefore the world, to think, act, and see differently.

This work was commissioned by The University of Wyoming.

World premiere at the Snowy Range Summer Dance Festival (July 2018). It was then selected to be performed at Colorado State University (February 2019), The University of Wyoming’s Dance Concert (March 2019) and American College Dance Association (April 2019) and also selected for the American College Dance Association Gala (April 2019).

Photograph by DP Turner Photography

Photograph by DP Turner Photography

“Jesse Obremski’s ‘Courage’ [a creation commissioned by The University of Wyoming] is a rich piece up for interpretation by the audience… I can see the resilience of the human spirit when we’re being challenged when we’re being bullied and how we help each other and don’t help each other.”

- Shelbey Prusia, Branding Iron


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPvIfgS1q6k

 
 
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No Words

Music: No Words (Trevor Bumgarner, an original composition)

Number of Dancer(s): Two

No Words is a dance film that has stemmed from the activism on gun control in America. The creation of this work was inspired by the impact of guns in America and asks the viewer to think further on what the next step could be in creating safer communities. The work is a fully collaborative effort between all parties of the team and has an original composition, No Words, created for this film by composer Trevor Bumgarner.

Note from the choreographer: “We, as one community, continually need to reflect on how we relate with one another. "No Words" looks to stimulate a conversation of finding respect and love for each other in a society that can easily desensitize this issue. We can quickly forget the sobering realities of these human experiences, one that may not be our own experiences but one, that still affects many humans today. The conversation begins with us all to address this difficult issue and find moments that promote love and respect for our country, our communities, and one another.”

This dance film was commissioned, filmed, and produced by The Roof Films at The Black Box Theater in The Church of the Blessed Sacrament (2018) and then presented at Arts on Site (2018), Queens DANCE SHORTS (April 2019), Lincoln Center for the Dance Films Association (July 2019), and selected for Lift-Off Global Network First-Time Filmmaker Sessions (2019).

The live version of No Words had it’s world premiere at DUMBO Dance Festival (October 2018) and then later performed at HiArtists (March 2019) and The Jamaica Dance Festival (June 2019).


VIVID

Music: Only The Winds (Olafur Arnalds) and Ted Talks text (Elizabeth Phelps)

Number of Dancer(s): Nine

In a society that always has the newest news on the top of it’s feed, VIVID brings us back to the impactful events of 9/11 and our experience(s) into our minds. Through text of memory, multiple personal experiences with the event, and scientific studies on our memories, the artists flow through various circumstances and experiences which interweave into a humanistic look towards our recollections and thoughts of 9/11.

This work was commissioned by Diversity of Dance.

World premiere at Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts (July 2018), performed at Hofstra University, and was further selected to be performed by Diversity of Dance at Bryant Park in New York City (July 2018).

Photograph by Jeff Collier

Photograph by Jeff Collier


Photograph by Kyle Netzeband

Photograph by Kyle Netzeband

Brothers

Music: Grow Till Tall (Jónsi)

Number of Dancer(s): Two

Brothers is a work in collaboration with performers, Terrence D.M. Diable and Michael Greenberg. Terrence, Michael, and Jesse, all born and raised in New York City, grew up dancing, collaborating, growing their friendships, and much more since 2003. The work represents the three's relationships throughout their lives together in New York City, whether being close together or miles a part.

World premiere at Dixon Place's "Under Exposed Series" (February 2018), curated by Doug Post, and performed at The Battery Dance Festival (October 2018), Arts on Site (November 2018), STUFFED: Dinner and Dance (November 2018), HiArtists (March 2019), and The Jamaica Dance Festival (June 2019).


Their Voices

Music: Cycle (Rob Ouyang Rusli, an original composition)

Number of Dancer(s): Twenty

Their Voices is a work dedicated, in response to, and in support of all of those affected by the immense hurricanes of 2017. The performances experience a hurriance, throughout the space and internal, while clinging on to support each other selflessly. Cycle is an original composition created by an award-winning composer, Rob Ouyang Rusli, for Their Voices

This work was commissioned by Diversity of Dance.

World premiere at Diversity of Dance's Winter Repertory Showcase at Manhattan Movement Arts Center (January 2018).

Photograph by Saya Hishikawa

Photograph by Saya Hishikawa

"[Jesse Obremski's work] Their Voices was a poignant tribute to human suffering and all of life’s 'hurricanes'. I thought the musical accompaniment [of a new score by Robert Ouyang Rusli] was a perfect mirror of the growing vortex of human suffering. [Obremski asks] the audience to imagine their worst fears and then---signals a way out: Community. This piece is 'prophetic' in the best tradition of prophetic art, i.e., mirroring the realities of the human condition and pointing to solutions premised on human love."

- Dr. Philip B. Spivey, Audience Member in New York City, New York


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Chapter one

Music: Flight From The City (Jóhann Jóhannsson)

Number of Dancer(s): Two

Chapter One is a study on perception, intention, and changing relationships. With a similar structure physically throughout the work, that matches the circular rhythm and repetition of the score, the dancers experience a possibly never ending cycle of different experiences, through varying intensions, while developing their relationship further with each occurrence. 

World premiere at The Choreographers' Collective's Showing at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (October 2017) and at Dixon Place's "Under Exposed Series" (February 2018), curated by Doug Post.


Affect the effect

Music: Bubbles (Yosi Horikawa)

Number of Dancer(s): Eleven

Affect the Effect is a work that plays with, against, and through the vibrant score to create a deepened relationship with it. Along with this, the dancers frequently manipulate each other and allow the music to influence them physically and qualitatively to an explosive "finish".

This work was commissioned by Diversity of Dance.

World premiere at Earl Mosley's Institute of the Arts (July 2017).

Photograph by Julia Discenza

Photograph by Julia Discenza


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O

Music: Adagio for Strings (Samuel Barber)

Number of Dancer(s): Nine

O is a work that requires immense openness and acceptance from the performers. Each performer is asked to bring any negativity to the forefront and face it heads on. While going on this individual journey, with these opposing factors, we view these collective and communal processes that each one of us faces and our support of each other to face these head on. 

This work was commissioned by Diversity of Dance.

World premiere at Earl Mosley's Institute of the Arts (July 2017).


Mid-Fall

Music: Blood Rainbow (Tim Hecker), HeavensDust1 (Mike Hall), The Longest Minute (Alan Henriquez, an original composition)

Number of Dancer(s): Three

Commissioned by the NOREE Performing Arts Organization, Mid-Fall is the first work performed by JOIN Ensemble. The work investigates the simple, yet disconcerting concept of falling: moving downward, typically rapidly and freely without control. This often precarious state, if one allows, can be a catalyst for creativity, freedom, and infinite discoveries. The Longest Minute, is an original spoken word composition created for Mid-Fall in collaboration with voice actor Alan Henriquez. 

World premiere at NOREE Performing Arts Organization's Playscape 2016: Dance & Music Festival (November 2016).

Photograph by Hayim Heron

Photograph by Hayim Heron


Photograph by Cesar Brodermann

Photograph by Cesar Brodermann

Reputation (2015)

Music: Speigal im Speigal (Arvo Pårt)

Number of Dancer(s): One

Reputation is a solo that is an extremely structured improvisation to explore thoughts and emotions that are within someone at any stage of their life. Each performer bearings themselves to the work, through the improvisation, which in turn allows for honesty and openness with the work.

World premiere at Earl Mosley's Institute of the Arts (July 2015), and later performed at the Harlem Arts Festival for Zest Collective (2015) and at The Juilliard School's April Workshop (April 2016). It was further selected for The Juilliard School's Choreographic Honors Concert (May 2016).