- Music, Theatre & Dance
Jessica Fogel has directed and choreographed several large scale interdisciplinary performance projects that have provided stewardship for the environment. These projects have taken place both in traditional theater spaces and alternative sites. She is a strong proponent of a “think global, act local” philosophy. In 2014-15, she directed a large-scale site dance project entitled Into the Wind, performed on the shores of Lake Michigan in Muskegon and subsequently in a staged version at Power Center in Ann Arbor. The cross regional project brought together dancers, musicians, and scholars from Natural Resources, Biology, Public Policy, Literature, and community partners to address the potential for harnessing off shore wind in the Great Lakes. Another project took place in June 2012 along a four-block route in downtown Ann Arbor, involving over 40 dancers and singers and five community partners. The performance, entitled Corsets, Grains, & Greenways, brought forward the missions of a key community partner in the project, the Allen Creek Greenway Conservancy (ACGC.) The final scenes of the 90-minute performance were located along the railroad tracks and in a dirt and gravel parking lot, both sites that the ACGC hopes to transform into a series of parks and greenway paths, connecting the downtown to outlying neighborhoods and solving many water management problems that have affected this area. One of the aims of the performance was to develop public awareness about the hopes for transforming this area. Prior to this project, Ms. Fogel worked on several versions of an interdisciplinary performance project called Mapping the River that brought forward a variety of environmental issues facing the Huron River. Since 2002, she has created several performance projects that have taken place in the Nichols Arboretum and in the Matthaei Botanical Gardens Conservatory and outdoor trails. She has also created a site dance project in a temple garden in Kyoto, Japan. Video documentaries of these performances allow the projects to reach broader audiences.