MJR(Marbles Jumbo Radio) they/he is a dancer and visual artist born 1979, in Paterson New Jersey. 
They are currently based in New York.
Making works of performance, video, and installation- they often work in collaboration with other artists whose work and research inspires them.

danced like a verb, like an utterance..

MJR classically trained as a dancer and choreographer; their performance practice situates dance as a tool of agency within a politics of place, memory, and survival.
Their choreographic live performance and video 
works include “Dark” 2001, “Wintering” 2002, “Captain” 2008, and “Systems of Us” 2009 and were presented in New York at spaces including HERE, Dancespace Project, and Joyce SOHO. In LA, he presented works at REDCAT, Anatomy Riot, and LACE.

used, like a sound, like a fist, 

Recent, selected collaborative works, include Meg Wolfe’s “New Faithful Disco” 2014, Andrea Geyer’s  “Truly Spun Never” 2016, taisha paggett’s “Moutnain Fire Holding Still.” 2016, Johanna Breiding’s “We Love Our Parents, We Fear Snakes” 2015/16, or Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz’s “Moving Backwards” 2019 

like a tool.
contact calendar projects CV


April 26     6pm        New York               Showing of new work in progress at Weis Acres Studio: http://www.cathyweis.org/weisacres/sundays-on-broadway/ POSTPONED

Feb 16 10-2pm
        17  2-6pm         Los Angeles          “Moving Backwards” performance at JOAN  http://joanlosangeles.org/

November 22-24     Venice, Italy         “Moving Backwards” Venice Biennal / Closing Performances and Boudry/Lorenz Catalogue Release

October 30               New York             “Moving Backwards” performance and book launch at Swiss Institute:  



Letters to a Brother 2012-(Ongoing Project)
Videos for installation, varried lengths
A series of dances that hold a place of performative vigil
for my relationship with my own brother, who departed suddenly and early in his life . The dances are as well, capaciating a space for unspoken languages to emerge in kinetic form, to speak through dance to the songs that recall, in the places that remember. These Letters are, in collection, a physical address from the cusp of complexities within siblingship-- and give language for the unresolved energetics to play out, and redress what is necessary, from interiorities of each other and oneself-- across distance, difference, love, rivalry, a missing, or closeness. Siblingship is an unique intimacy in a way, but especially these clips hone in on a raw facing of challenge, physicalize an emotionality to political casualties of political pressure and survival amidst finding who they are.
Camera/choreography: Marbles Jumbo Radio 
Sound/songs:  Anohni, Concrete Blonde, Gloria Gaynor)

We Love Our Parents We Fear Snakes 2016, 2015
Collaborative performance installation, 3 hours
Four channel video (color, silent), live stereo sound, four projectors, P.A. system, computer, midi controller, four media player, fruit, incense
Dimensions variable, 4hr Duration
'We Love Our Parents, We Fear Snakes' was created by Johanna Breiding as an intimate gathering space—foyer/drawing room/death room/living room—for queer-identified performers to explore traditionally familial spaces and experiences of mourning.
Installation & Video: Johanna Breiding
Movement: Marbles Jumbo Radio
Sound: Yann Novak

Systems of Us 2009
Performance for stage, 20 min
Choreography, dramaturge, and direction: Marbles Jumbo Radio
Music: Tashi Wada (composition) and ensemble
Dance performance: Erin Beneze, Amanda Furches, Marbles Jumbo Radio
NOW (New and Original Works Festival), REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney Cal Arts Theater), July, 2009

Captain 2008
Film for installation, 6 min
Choreography/performance/direction:  Marbles Jumbo Radio
Camera/production/collaboration:  Pooh Kaye
Music:  Darius Milhaud
A performance film made with support from CHIME Mentoship exchange Grant 2008, in mentorship with  Simone Forti, with collaboration with Pooh Kaye on location in rural Vermont.

Wintering 2002
Film for installation, 3-channel, 20 min 
Choreography/performance and camera:  Marbles Jumbo Radio
Music: David Darling
Filmed in Brooklyn, NYC 

2020 © MJR studio


C u r r i c u l u m V i t a e

Born in 1979 in New Jersey, studies between 1996-1999 with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Between 1999 and 2002, works for several companies- including Tanz Theater Darmstadt in Germany and Susan Marshall in New York. Since 2001, original choreographies, commissions, and collaborations with choreographers, artists, and dancers. Dance teaching experience at University of California Davis and Riverside- Departments of Theater and Dance, TBA (Time Based Art) Festival at PICA (Portland Institute for Contemporary Art), and California Institute of Art. 

Choreographies and Choreographic Collaborations (selection)

2020 “Moving Backwards” JOAN Los Angeles, live choreography/performance in Boudry/Lorenz’s “Moving Backwards” exhibition
2019 “Moving Backwards” 58th Venice Biennale, Venice Italy (choreography in film “Moving Backwards” by directors Boudry/Lorenz, together with Julie Cunningham, Werner Hirsch, Latifa Laâbissi, and Nach)

2017 “Traced” SF MoMA, live choreography/performance in Andrea Geyer’s exhibition, together with Julie Tolentino and Oscar Tidd
2016 “Truly Spun Never” Installation Parque Galleria, City of Mexico (choreography in film “Truly Spun Never” by director Andrea Geyer, together with Jess Barbagallo, Natalie Cloarec, Patricia Hoffbaur, devon emory, Lily Gold, and Omagbitse Omagbeni)

2016 “Mountain. Fire. Holding Still.” live choreography/performance in taisha paggett’s “Mountain. Fire. Holding Still.” Installation at The Getty Villa, Los Angeles, together with Yann Novak.

2015 “We Love Our Parents, We Fear Snakes” live choreography/performance in exhibition directed by Johanna Breiding, together with Yann Novak, Pasadena Armory, Pasadena

2010“Doing Ice Bergs” The Wolf, Los Angeles (among others) live choreography/performance of score together with Simone Forti and Tashi Wada

2009 “Systems of Us” New Original Works Festival, REDCAT, Los Angeles

2008 “Captain” Choreography by MJR, The Wooden Door Guest Artist Commission, Los Angeles

2008 “A Re-Invention of 18 Happenings in 6 Parts” live choreography/performance in Steve Roden’s performance at LACE, (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) in MOCA’s “Allan Kaprow: Art As Life” exhibition together with Simone Forti and Michael Ned Holte

2001 “Wintering” Choreography by MJR, Danspace Project NY-Food for Thought (curated by Marya Wethers)

2016 “Reflections on Performance as Vigil” The Getty Iris.
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