Jennie MaryTai Liu is an artist working across performance, video, writing, and education. She has recently received commissions and presentations from Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, New York Film Festival/Currents section, Crossroads/San Francisco Cinematheque, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, PAM, Human Resources LA, The Mistake Room, Bushwick Starr, HERE Arts Center, Dance Theater Workshop, and Incubator Arts Center.
She has been a resident artist at Headlands Center for the Arts, Bogliasco Foundation, Yaddo Arts Colony, EMPAC, and Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and has received grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant, MAP Fund, Jerome Foundation, and Center for Cultural Innovation. She co-founded and edited Riting.org, an experiment in writing that engages with performance being made now in LA.
Funded by the Mike Kelley Foundation and in collaboration with The Box and Pieter Performance Space, she curated Knees, Schools, Urges - an exhibition and performance program engaging ten LA based artists in a decolonial response to histories of 20th century modern dance and embedded embodied histories.
Jennie frequently collaborates as a performer in the work of Big Dance Theater, Adam Linder, and Poor Dog Group. Since 2021 she is based between Los Angeles and Hong Kong where she runs Center for Artists in the Making, an art education program engaging young people in methods and practices from multidisciplinary art making towards the development of their own work and platforms.
Jennie MaryTai Liu
MFA Dance, Hollins University, VA, 2009
BFA Theater, Experimental Theater Wing, New York University, 2004
PERFORMANCE / INSTALLATION
CONVICTION, Portland Institute for the Arts, TBA Festival, 2021
NEMETON, Human Resources LA, 2019
LIVING FEMALE RESPONDENT or 53 YAKSHI, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, commissioned in response to the exhibition Merce Cunningham: Clouds and Screens, LA, 2019
HOUSE MUSIC, 45 mins, The Mistake Room, LA, 2016; Live Arts Exchange Festival, LA, 2015; Prelude Festival, NY, 2014
ACTRESS FURY, 65 mins, The Bushwick Starr, NY, 2014; Live Arts Exchange Festival, LA, 2014; PAM, LA, 2013 (curator Brian Getnick); REDCAT, NOW Festival, LA, 2013
SOUL LEAVES HER BODY, 75 mins, premiere: HERE Arts Center, NY, 2010
(developed with an artist residency at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensallear Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY)
LANDS AND PEOPLES, 40 mins, developed through the Brooklyn Arts Exchange's AIR Program, 2010, NY
MOUNTAIN SHOUTING, 45 mins: Ontological-Hysteric Theater, NY, 2009
Im Fleiger, WUK, Vienna, Austria, 2009
Ballet de Lorraine, Nancy, France, 2009
HOME BIRTH, 45 mins, premiere: The Bushwick Starr, NY, 2008
Finalist for the A.W.A.R.D Show, Joyce SoHo, NY, 2007,
LEARNING IN LOWER ANIMALS, 45 mins, premiere: Dance Theater Workshop, NY, 2006
sub vid heap, World Premiere: Crossroads, San Francisco Cinematheque, 2021
- force - (co-directed with Simon Liu), World Premiere: New York Film Festival, 2020
Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2021 (winner - Barbara Aronofsky Latham Award 2021)
Front Door, Blue Sky (co-director with Karinne Keithley Syers, in post-production) Feature length documentary on the Wooden Floor, an after-school dance program for under-served youth in Santa Ana, CA.
Diamond Linda (director) 2016. 12 minute docu-fiction co-written with Nickels Sunshine. Screened at the Los Angeles Dance Film Festival.
Scout Hut (director) 2012. 12 minute dance film. Screened at Center for Performance Research NY, and Frameworks Dance Film Festival, NY
Ditchwork (choreographer, director: Simon Liu) 2011- New Jersey International Film Festival 'Best Experimental Short', WNDX Festival of the moving Image, The Rio De Janeiro International Film Festival, Oaxaca International Film Festival.
AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES
Mike Kelley Foundation, 2020
Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant, 2019
Headlands Center for the Arts, 2018
Creative Exchange Lab, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, 2017
Center for Cultural Innovation, Finishing Grant, 2013
Bogliasco Fellowship, Liguria Center for the Arts, 2011
Rockefeller Multi Arts Project (MAP) Fund, 2010
Jerome Foundation, Travel and Study Grant Program, 2010
Artist-in-residence in Dance, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, NY, 2009-2011
Artist-in-residence in Dance, HERE Arts Center NY, 2008-2011
Yaddo Arts Colony Artist Residency, 2008
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Los Angeles, CA