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.
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
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.
Film for installation, 3-channel, 20 min
Choreography/performance and camera: Marbles Jumbo Radio
Music: David Darling
Filmed in Brooklyn, NYC
2020 © MJR studio