My name is J Dellecave and I am a Brooklyn-based choreographer and performance artist, born and raised in rural Pennsylvania. I have been creating and performing queer experimental performance since choreographing jungle-gym routines to Olivia Newton John songs a long, long time ago. As a child of small town dance schools, collegiate trained modern dancer, twenty-something of the Philadelphia queerbo cabaret revival, and thirty-something of the downtown NYC dance scene, my perseverance in dance has led to a diverse and multi-faceted range of performance experiences.
I was awarded a BFA in Dance from Temple University in 1994 and an MA in Performance Studies from New York University in 2009. In the time between those degrees, I gained a variety of professional production experiences. I performed in other peoples’ work, most notably with New York City choreographers KJ Holmes and Jen Abrams and Philadelphia theater provocateur Greg Giovanni. 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 (1999-2003)– a multi-year, multi-genre touring event that interrogated representations of women and power and literally created a cohort of superheriones across the country. I received grants and funding from Art Works in Different Places, Dance Advance, and the Leeway Foundation, and production grants from Links Hall, Chicago, Patrick’s Cabaret, Minneapolis, and Noh Space, San Francisco. Recently, I completed my PhD in Critical Dance Studies at University of California, Riverside receiving a Department of Education Jacob K. Javits Fellow for my research on antiwar dance.
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. In 2012, I played the lead role, Water Nymph, in the play and short film 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 film is currently in post-production and expected to be released in 2014. 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 Cump premiered at MIX: New York City Queer Experimental Film Festival in November 2012.