contemporary dancer/film maker

About

b. 1986, HK.

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Jaala Jensen is a Tasmanian born independent choreographer, dancer, and filmmaker, currently residing in Melbourne. She began performing and making in youth companies DRILL and Yellowwheel, before graduating from The Space School of Performance Arts in 2015, with a Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance).

Since graduating, she was involved with pre-professional collective, YW2, in which she choreographed a short work Lavinia. Her Spoke. And I., and has since produced and choreographed two full-length works across 2016 and 2017, Forgive Me Athena, I Chose the Beast and Delia’s Idea, and a collection of short works along the way.

In 2018 Jaala directed her focus to herself as a performer, and began developing a solo practice. She created two solo works, Goddess Sophia as a part of the Moonah Moves Festival,Tasmania, and Headless Reggae from her time as an Artist in Residence with Unity Space. She has recently performed in, FRAGMENTAL by Chris Chua, DYEL by Jacinta Martorella and Melbourne Fringe’s Best Dance Award recipient, SONOS by Aimee Schollum.

Jaala has an interest in working with youth companies and is currently employed as a choreographer for DRILL’s 2019 season, working with the company across a two-year development period. She also collaborated with the Moonah Moves Festival as a mentor, running contemporary dance workshops and classes, and working closely with young Tasmanian artists to aid them in their own choreographic works.

Jaala is currently studying a Bachelor of Film at SAE Institute Melbourne.