Everything All at Once
Written by Matthew Zapruder
Created by Jessi Barber and Megan Simon
Performed by Megan Simon
Photos by Barry Ebner
Jessi Barber’s work seeks to connect audiences with their physical selves by creating contemporary movement that stems from stories and spaces. Jessi grew up in Auburn, Maine, attended Oberlin College and moved to California to pursue sustainable agriculture and modern dance. Based in Oakland since 2010, Jessi has presented at Works in the Works in Berkeley (2010), Dance Mission in San Francisco (2011), and New Ground Dance Theater in Belmont (2013). She has been a selected artist for ODC’s Pilot Program (2013) and SAFEhouse for the Arts Resident Artist Workshop (RAW) (2014). Jessi’s piece a moment different was the winner of Luna Dance Institute’s Choreofund 2, an audience supported grassroots funding event. In the summer of 2014 she was the resident choreographer with The Art Monastery Project in Caramanico, Italy, collaborating on a dance theater duet that toured Europe in fall 2014. She has performed with Nina Haft and Co., Mid To West Dance Collective, Hatch Collective, Emma Jaster, Mish-Mash Productions, and Neva Cockrell. Jessi formed her company Everything All At Once (EAAO) in 2014. EAAO presented an excerpt of II. Liminal at the Summer Performance Festival 8 (SPF8) at ODC Theater in July 2015 and will premiere the full length version at Shawl Anderson Dance Center in Berkeley in spring 2016. The company is in residence at Shawl-Anderson for 2015.
Megan Simon is a Minnesota native. She graduated from Goucher College, where she studied language, dance, and the intersections between the two. She also had the fantastic opportunity to perform works by Elizabeth Ahearn, Amy Siewert, Nicolo Fonte, Pascal Rioult, and George Balanchine. Here in the Bay Area, she has performed with Garrett & Moulton Productions and Danse Lumiere.
Matthew Zapruder is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Come On All You Ghosts (Copper Canyon 2010), a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Sun Bear (Copper Canyon, 2014), as well as a book of prose, Why Poetry, forthcoming from Ecco Press in 2015. He is also co-translator from Romanian, along with historian Radu Ioanid, of Secret Weapon: Selected Late Poems of Eugen Jebeleanu (Coffee House Press, 2007). His poems, essays and translations have appeared in many publications, including Tin House, Paris Review, The New Republic, The New Yorker, Bomb, Slate, Poetry, and The Believer. He has received a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship, a William Carlos Williams Award, a May Sarton Award from the Academy of American Arts and Sciences, and a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship in Marfa, TX. An Assistant Professor in the St. Mary’s College of California MFA program and English Department, he is also Editor-at-Large at Wave Books. He lives in Oakland, CA.