Lion’s Jaw was built out of a desire to bring artists together.
For dance + performance artists to spend time in close proximity.
To spend time in duration together sweating and performing.
To catalyze a small change inside of ourselves.
To learn from each other and to swap toolboxes with one another around performance and dance.
We also felt Boston was primed and ready to host this experience.
As a mid-sized city with art-centric momentum it also suffers, as many mid-sized cities do, with a feeling of being ‘off the tour’ or away from the spotlight.
By creating Lion’s Jaw we create a space that fosters inter-city and inter-U.S. exchange and allows artists to discover and be discovered by one another, as teachers, as performers and as artists.
The festival is the brainchild of New Movement Collaborative, an organization built to support, cultivate and celebrate a vibrant contemporary dance community in the city of Boston. Founded in the spring of 2015 by Sarah Mae Gibbons and Jared Williams, NMC has been producing dance related programming over the last year that focus around those goals. NMC has utilized various spaces and institutions throughout the city to present performances, residencies and a talk back/discussion series, and also launched a competitive mentoring program for local dance-artists.
Lion’s Jaw grew out of the continued investigation into how to create environments where risk, rigor + rebellion can happen and where the community can come together and make dance-work together.
We are proud to be working in partnership with Green Street Studios in order to build this unique festival.
Please see our staff page for more information on the amazing people helping us with both NMC and the 2018 Festival.
Sarah Mae Gibbons (Executive Director/ Co-Founder/ Lead Stage Manager) originally from Athens, Ohio earned her BFA in dance and minor in education from The Ohio State University. She continued her training through a Yoga Teaching Certification and Thai Massage Level I Certificate as well as becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist. Sarah Mae is currently enrolled in The New England School of Homeopathy.
As an administrator, Sarah Mae holds experience managing and programing for non-profit organizations such as Green Street Studios and Urban Arts Space as well as running education and mentor programs such as “Green Works”, “Moving Target” and “Balans Workshops”. She also holds experience coordinating/volunteering/managing events through Wexner Center For The Arts, Non Violent Communication, Cambridge Performance Project, Artist in Context, Not Me! Inc, Shambhala Boston and many others. She is currently on the new Artistic Advisory Committee of Green Street Studios.
In 2015 she founded New Movement Collaborative, an organization dedicated to the cultivation of contemporary dance in Boston with fellow artist Jared Williams.
As an artist and educator, Sarah Mae is currently based in Boston, MA, offering massage and yoga sessions at Balans Inc, teaching dance to dancers of all ages at a variety of locations throughout the year locally and nationally. Sarah Mae performs and choreographs her own work, both independently and collaboratively. For her choreography she has received local recognition and continues to strive towards physicality and authenticity in all that she does.
Jared Williams ( Artistic Director/ Co-Founder/James K. Spriggs Scholarship Director) is a visual artist, dance-improvisor and dance-arts curator. In 2014 he founded Electric Fish, a nomadic studio which brings established and emerging teachers to the Boston area for three-day master classes. The curated monthly series, currently on hiatus, dedicated itself to providing rigorous education in the fields of improvisation and somatics and to bringing awareness to Boston as a city to watch. Acting as both curator, organizer and facilitator, Jared has run over twenty workshops over two seasons, bringing dance-artists to Boston from NYC, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Montreal, Berlin and Israel.
He served on the board of directors at Earthdance and has studied throughout the United States with dance-artists such as Frey Faust, Heidi Henderson, Chris Aiken, Nancy Stark Smith, K.J. Holmes and others and currently teaches Contact Improvisation in Boston.
In 2015 he founded New Movement Collaborative, an organization dedicated to the cultivation of contemporary dance in Boston with fellow artist Sarah Mae Gibbons.
He is a believer in the power of movement, performance and the exploration of the physical self as both artistic practices and as tools to support healing, build community and to create political and social change. Jared is a native of Cambridge, MA, a father and a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design (BFA Ilustration ’95).
Gisela Creus (Outreach/Press) is a dancer, educator and choreographer with international and interdisciplinary interest. She graduated with a Dance Diploma in Barcelona and moved on to Laban Centre in London where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree with Honours in Dance-Theater. She has worked for different Dance companies and choreographers throughout Europe and has presented more than 10 professional pieces of work as choreographer/performer both individually and collaboratively. She is a founder of NunArt, a creative practices association for artists in Barcelona where she remains a member of the leading board and the Head of Education. Gisela has been teaching contemporary, ballet, improvisation and creative dance for over 8 years; from beginners to professionals. She has developed her own project that introduces Creative Dance in Public Schools, and together with Laura Vilar, created a programme called AREA-CREA to promote and develop creative approach in the professional dance training. Since moving to Providence, she has taught at the Deep Dance Series at the Dance Complex in Boston, at Moving Target in Green Street Studios and holds a regular class at AS220 in Providence. She has also joined the New Movement Collective in Boston. In collaboration with Daniel Davidson, Gisela has premiered Airing Quest / Missió d’Aire at the Modern Movements Dance Festival. She has also developed solo piece, performed at the Festival Ballet Black Box Theatre for the RI Women’s Choreographic Concert. Creus is currently working on a solo piece The quiet A, which will premiere at the nunOff Festival in nunArt Barcelona.
Michael Figueroa (Registration) is a Cambridge based dance maker, teacher, waiter, performer, and director of Ruckus Dance. He has lived in the greater Boston area for 8 years. In that time, he’s worked as the Work Study Coordinator and Scheduler at Green Street Studios; performed at the Dance Complex, GSS, Out of the Blue Too, Aeronaut Brewery, Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Tufts University, Dance Now Boston, Outside the Box Festival and College of the Holy Cross; and taught (and is still teaching) weekly classes as part of the Midday Movement Series. MMS is a class series curated by Marissa Molinar that provides consistent training for advanced/professional dancers and support to emerging contemporary dance teachers. Michael attended The Boston Conservatory and graduated with a BFA in dance. Michael was a James K. Spriggs scholarship recipient for Lion’s Jaw 2017, and he is happy and grateful to be a part of Lion’s Jaw staff this year.
Molly Hess (Head of Registration) is a Cambridge, MA based dance artist, educator and administrator. Her creative work values process, collaboration, curiosity, and transparency. These values carry over into her teaching for Cambridge Performance project, and Arlington Dance Place as well as in her roles as director of Bearnstow Day Camp and curator for Electric Fish Studio. She is a member of Back Pocket Dancers. Molly received her B.A. in dance from St. Olaf College in 2012.
Delaney McDonough (Production/Performance Director) A New Jersey native, Delaney is a dance artist and improvisor based in Denmark, ME. Her choreographic work has included an evening length piece developed as an installation in the first annual Performance Lab Series at Colby College. The piece, Move: The Summer of 1963 (2012), relied on more than twenty student collaborators to create a mixed media dance theater piece. Delaney has also presented choreography, We Grew Up at Midnight, and an abridged version of her Honors thesis, The Aesthetic of Failure: Authenticity, Effort, and Imperfection at the the 2013 American College Dance Festival Association’s New England Regional Conference. In the summer of 2012, after many years at Fernwood Cove, a traditional girls camp in Harrison, Maine, Delaney attended the Bates Dance Festival Professional Training Program where she met fellow collaborator Cookie Harrist. In summer 2013, Delaney was a counselor for the Young Dancers Workshop portion of the Bates Dance Festival in addition to returning to the Professional Training Program for another inspiring summer. Delaney graduated from Colby College with honors in Theater & Dance.
Elizabeth (Lizzy) Mulkey (Registration) is an artist and wellness-movement teacher from Venice Beach, CA. who currently lives on the east coast. In 2006, she graduated with a BA in Dance from Loyola Marymount University. That may seem like centuries ago in internet years, but don’t worry, this hyperbolic old dog is on top of all the new tricks. Lizzy enjoys collaborating, philosophical and political discourse, and nerding-out on somatics. She is currently available for artistic projects and movement training.
Jenna Pollack (Outreach/Press) is a Boston-based performer, maker, and educator. She dances in town with Bridge Repertory Theater, Alexander Davis Dance, and the Reciprocity Collaborative. She teaches for Salem State University, the Boston Ballet, and Urbanity Dance, among others. She has performed with Boston Dance Theater, Felina Theater Mannheim, Scottish Dance Theatre, The Metropolitan Opera, American Repertory Theater, Bryan Arias, Equus Projects, and BOP Montréal. Jenna has made work in collaboration with Dau al Set Productions and the Center for Innovation in the Arts at Juilliard, and is an administrator for Springboard Danse Montréal. She holds an M.A. with Distinction in Choreography from the Institute of the Arts Barcelona, a Certificate with Honors from Harvard Business School’s HBX CORe program, and a B.F.A. from The Juilliard School. jennapollack.com
Jacob Regan (Box Office) was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and graduated from East Carolina University with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography with a minor in Philosophy. He is a company member with Urbanity Dance, with whom he has performed in works by Andy Noble, Carl Flink, Betsi Graves, and Nailah-Randall Bellinger. He has also been in works by Pilobolus. His choreography has been presented multiple times in the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival and Urbanity NeXt. As part of BalaSole Dance Company, he choreographed and performed a solo presented at the BAM Fisher Space in Brooklyn, NY. He has attended the Doug Varone Summer Intensive (2017, 2015, 2014) and Fact SF. Currently, Jacob has been furthering his development with movement research in the Boston dance scene, contemporary with Urbanity Dance and Prometheus, and improvisation with Contact Improvisation Boston.