I’m Olivia Jenna Brown.
DANCER. CHOREOGRAPHER. TEACHER. FILMMAKER.
Olivia Jenna Brown is a Philadelphia-based dance artist originally from New York City. She is currently a lead children’s teaching artist at University City Arts League, as well as a member of Poético Dance Collective and Mascher Space Cooperative. After receiving her Bachelors in Dance from Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College in 2019, Olivia has performed with professional dance companies including Monica Bill Barnes & Co. Olivia’s perspective of dance is inspired by her training at the Ailey School, as well as by various somatic methodologies, including postmodernism and contact improvisation. In her choreography and dance filmmaking, Olivia employs a meditative, site-specific approach to explore themes of nature, group dynamics, and Jewish culture. In 2020, her work “Mi Shebeirach” was featured in Mascher Space Cooperative’s Fresh Juice Festival, and in 2021, her works “When Our Time Comes,” and “two friends talk about time” were performed by Poético Dance Collective as part of the 25th annual Philadelphia Fringe Festival. In 2022, she plans to deepen her framework of movement research by studying Laban Movement Analysis. Olivia continues to be fascinated by dance as a means of energetic communication, and passionately believes that movement is a transformative tool to radically imagine and embody positive change in the world.
Olivia’s primary dance training took place at the Alvin Ailey School, which she attended while also majoring in drama at Laguardia High School of Performing Arts. Afterwards, Olivia attended Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, where she graduated summa cum laude with a BA in dance and two minors in film and Italian. At Hunter, Olivia had the honor of dancing works by choreographers Doug Varone, Vicky Shick, and several talented undergraduate, graduate, and alumni choreographers. She was captain of the Macaulay Dancers from 2017-2018, and served as both secretary and vice president of the Hunter College Dance Department Student Advisory Council from 2017-2019. She was also a recipient of the 2018 Meyer’s Scholarship, as well as two Presidential Awards for academic achievement and excellence. In her senior year, Olivia choreographed and co-produced a multimedia honors project, for which she received a grant from the CUNY Performing Arts Office. Post-graduation, Olivia performed with Monica Bill Barnes & Co. at the 15th annual Fall for Dance Festival at City Center, and then with Long2 Philadelphia Dance Company in their 2019-2020 season. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Olivia continued to dance, teach children and adults, choreograph, and create short dance films. She feels inspired by the resiliency of the dance community in these complex times, and hopes to be part of a positive shift in the dance world towards transparency, equity, and justice.
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