Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Meet newest Peridance Contemporary Dance Company Member: Jason Collins

Meet latest company member, Jason Collins!

Originally from Defreestville, New York, Jason attended Walnut Hill School for the Arts and recently graduated from The Juilliard School where he earned his BFA.  He has also studied at Springboard Danse Montreal and Nederlands Dans Theater’s: Maximum Dance Course. Jason has been honored to perform works by Maurice Béjart, Nacho Duato, Eliot Feld, William Forsythe, José Limón, Ohad Naharin, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, and Pam Tanowitz.  In 2012, Jason had the pleasure of performing in New York City Center’s: Fall For Dance Festival with Pam Tanowitz and Lincoln Center Festival with Paris Opera Ballet. Jason is thrilled to be a part of Peridance Contemporary Dance Company.

Check out his interview below, in the fashion of fellow Company members.

Peridance Contemporary Dance Company Member: Jason Collins  

A list of your favorite things (as many as you can think of):
•    Dancing
•    Music
•    Choreographing
•    Movies
•    Sunday Mornings
•    Buffalo Chicken Pizza
•    Cooking
•    Traveling

What is your first memory of performing?
When I was in preschool I was a part of a presentation of the Mexican hat dance.  All I can remember is dancing to my heart's content in a circle around a sombrero on the floor.

What is your favorite snack?
-    ice cream

What song is most played on your iPod?
-    “Cosmic Love” by Florence + The Machine

Where do you go/what do you do in New York when you have a day off?
When I have a day off I love to go out and explore.  One of the main reasons I love New York is because there is always something new to experience. Whether it’s a new show, art exhibition, coffee shop, film, park, you name it; New York is a huge playground.

Do you have any quotes/ words that you live by?
“Consider everything an experiment.” – John Cage

What is your favorite thing about Peridance Contemporary Dance Company?
I truly enjoy the family-like dynamic of PCDC.  Being a new company member, I have been so generously welcomed by everyone and could not be more pleased to have joined a group of such talented artists.

What are you most excited for this summer with PCDC?
I am most excited for PCDC’s tour to Italy and Israel this July!  I have never been to either country and I’m so thrilled to be performing abroad.

Stay tuned on all things PCDC, like their latest performance at the HOWL Festival (pictured below), on their official PCDC fan page on Facebook.

photo Darial Sneed

Have a question of your own for Jason? Tell us in the comments!

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