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​48 | #JenniferWeber

On our first episode of Dance Trends month, your co-hosts Martheya and Azaria interview (pre-Covid) Lucille Lortel and Bessie-Award nominated choreographer, Jennifer Weber. In this episode, we go behind the screen and talk about Jennifer’s career as a physical storyteller, how to plug into the commercial dance world, rehearsal environments, female voices in hip hop, and her experiences creating for The Hip Hop Nutcracker, the new West End Musical &Juliet, and Disney’s Zombies 2 movie. Special thanks to LSG Public Relations for connecting us for this interview.


[0:28] Azaria and Martheya introduce Jennifer Weber


[1:22] Martheya asks: “In your Instagram bio it says you are a ‘Physical Storyteller’. Can you tell us more about what this means and how it relates to your career path?”

[2:05] Martheya asks: “How do you see this different than a choreographer?”

[4:14] Martheya asks: “Do you mean control of the movement or schedule?”

[5:06] Azaria asks: “Why Decadance? Why female and dance together?”

[6:12] Martheya asks: “Why do you think that is?”

[6:41] Azaria asks: “Are you interested in all style of hip-hop?”

[7:35] Martheya asks: “How do you find the people you want to work with for your company?”

[8:20] Azaria asks: “How does this transcribe over to working with &Juliet?”

[9:51] Martheya asks: “How do you find out what their strength are?”

[11:04] Azaria asks: “How do you highlight the individual?”

[12:41] Azaria asks: “Do you do the same type of process for Zombie’s 2?”

[14:22] Martheya asks: “What would you advice people who want to create a rehearsal environment?”

[15:30] Martheya asks: “What are ways you do this in real time?”

[17:08] Azaria asks: “What was your favorite experience for Zombie’s 2?”

[18:48] Azaria asks: “What about &Juliet? Was there another moment or aspect of creative different movement and styles that was intriguing for you?”

[20:00] Martheya asks: “What was it like to get these roles as the choreographer for the film and movie? How did these doors open for you?”

[22:30] Martheya asks: “In Dance Magazine you are described as “break(ing) the mold... highlighting women’s roles in hip hop culture” In the 2018 interview on NBC about The Hip Hop Nutcracker they state it “challenges people's thinking.” Can you share with our audience who might not know what is the Hip Hop nutcracker? How does it challenge people’s thinking?”

[24:56] Azaria asks: “Have you ever heard anyone talk to you about how it expanded their thinking? Or the value of hip hop?”

[25:38] Martheya asks: “How do you get inspired to create the special vocabularies?”

[26:44] Martheya asks: “What does your preparation look like?”

[28:40] Azaria asks: “What does your preparation look like?”

[29:41] Azaria asks: “You seem to very into the “commercial” dance world. Do you have advice for people who want to get into these realms?”

[35:06] Azaria asks: “Storytelling, individuality, being at the place seem to be the theme of your stories...I love how everytime you talk these themes seem to be re-emerging.”

[36:55] Martheya asks: “Do you think its the way people are using social media - it’s hard to be an individual?”

[37:57] Martheya asks:

1- If you had to recommend a resource to our audience what would it be?

2- What was the first dance you saw?

  • “A version of the chorus line when I was 9….”

3- Do you think social media has a positive influence on the dance world (yes or no)?

  • Yes & No

4- What is your favorite social media platform?

  • Instagram

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