Jessica Bonenfant Coogan uses movement, text and striking imagery to craft performances that arouse questions and evoke emotions. 2015 marks an exciting point in her career as she began to split her time between Ireland and the U.S. Jessica, with her husband Hughie Coogan, recently founded of Greywood Arts, an artist’s residency space in County Cork. With her NYC-based company, Lola Lola Dance Theatre, Jessica has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts (via Chashama), been awarded residencies in the US and Europe, and has over ten years experience presenting work for the stage, site-specific spaces, and film. In 2014 she was fortunate to work with Dance in the Annex (Grand Rapids), Spread Art (Detroit), and the Abhainn Ri Festival (Ireland). She also taught in the dance department at Grand Valley State University and for the American College Dance Festival. She is a member of CDP/NYC, a group that practices performance improvisation grounded in Buddhist philosophy. Jessica holds an MFA in choreography from University of Michigan and is frequent guest artist for the University of Toledo.
Jessica's ArtPrize Entries
These are Jessica's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Jessica's Past Work
These are images of past work that Jessica has done.