My name is J Dellecave and I am an interdisciplinary performance maker, scholar, and educator. I was born and raised in rural Pennsylvania and currently split my time between Brooklyn, NY and the high desert near Joshua Tree, CA. My performance practice has shape shifted over two decades of collaboration, experimentation, and research in various forms of embodied political performance.
I was awarded a BFA in Dance from Temple University in 1995, an MA in Performance Studies from New York University in 2009, and a PhD in Critical Dance Studies from the University of California, Riverside in 2015. As a child of small town dance schools, collegiate trained modern dancer, twenty-something of the Philadelphia queerbo cabaret revival, thirty-something of the downtown NYC dance scene, and forty-something deep in performance/dance studies, my perseverance has led to a diverse and multi-faceted range of performance experiences.
My recent body of evening length and endurance format work straddles the genres of dance, performance art, and movement-based theater. Current projects include Landscapes (in process with collaborator Zavé Martohardjono), Mostess (five-course performance experience, currently seeking venue), and Sunsets and Slowdances (in process dance video).
From 2015 to 2017 I was employed as a full-time lecturer in Dance History and Theory at San Diego State University. In collaboration with students and faculty, I choreographed Foghorns, Trains, and Incongruent Sentences for the University Dance Company. In April 2014, Angry Women REvisited—a fifteen-person original ensemble performance—played to sold outs houses at HERE Arts Center. My choreography Micro-Mini Maxi Mystery Theater: En Total premiered at Dixon Place for three nights in October 2012. Nocturnal Beaver, a five-day endurance installation in collaboration with filmmaker Sarolta Jane Vay premiered at MIX: New York City Queer Experimental Film Festival in November 2012. In 2011, my evening-length solo show, BLOWHOLE—an epistolary collaboration with writer July Oskar Cole—toured the west stopping in Riverside, Los Angeles, Tucson, and San Francisco.
My professional production credits include work with New York City based performers KJ Holmes, Jen Abrams, Julie Mayo, Jenny Romaine (Great Small Works Visual Theater Company) and Philadelphia theater provocateur Greg Giovanni (Big Mess Theater and Big Mess Cabaret). In 2012, I played the lead role, Water Nymph, in the play The Gold Fish: Straight Flushes for the Manifestly Destined—a slapstick musical about salmon migration and water rights. The Gold Fish play was performed in Sacramento, California at the Crocker Museum, and the Gold Fish Casino (film version) premiered at the 2017 San Francisco Transgender Film Festival. From 1999-2003 I served as curator, produced, and toured my own and other peoples work nationally and in Canada, most extensively (but not exclusively) as part of the P Power Performance Project: Supergirl Power Activate – a multi-year, multi-genre touring event that interrogated representations of women and power and literally created a cohort of superheriones across the country.
My writing has appeared in Women and Performance Journal and itch Dance Journal and is forthcoming in the Routledge Companion to Butoh Studies. I have received grants and funding from the Department of Education Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, San Diego State University, University of California Riverside, Mellon Summer Studies, Art Works in Different Places, Dance Advance, and the Leeway Foundation, and production grants and subsidies from HERE Arts Space (NYC), Links Hall (Chicago), Patrick’s Cabaret (Minneapolis) and Noh Space (San Francisco).
Contact J @ j dot dellecave dot phd at gmail dot com