Who we are
It all started when...
Kelsey Kramer and Lexie Thrash met as undergraduate dancers and immediately connected as both performers and humans. During their overlapping college years, Kels and Lex explored choreography separately, but always found avenues to collaborate as movers/makers. After several years of “we should...” and “what if we…,” the duo proudly premiered work in 2017 at SITUATIONS Gallery in Chinatown.
what we do...
JACKS is a moving, making duo committed to investigative movement experiences, meaningful processes, and telling the truth. Our process is a gateway to authentic experiences for performers and onlookers. Our work is meaty, kooky, and connected.
JACKS has shown work in Fertile Ground New Works Showcase at Greenspace (Long Island City), Movement Research Open Performance (Soho), WAXworks at Triskelion Arts (Williamsburg), and MERDE Backyard Shared Performance (Bed-Stuy). In November of 2018, JACKS collaborated with artists Eric Gotshall and Adriana Norat on RUPTURE, an interdisciplinary, immersive performance experience at Art During the Occupation Gallery (Bushwick).
Kels and Lex have dreamed up a process for creation in which film and dance go hand in hand.
Whether that means the film comes first and work for stage comes second, or a film is inspired by our latest stage work, we will continue this process long into JACKS' collaborative process.
The duo premiered their first collaborative film, ground-swell in November 2018 in Red Hook, Brooklyn with artists Emily Kohl-Mattingley, Allistair Johnson, Mika Mintz, and Amber Schmeissing. The work has also been screened at An Evening of Dance on Film (Washington, DC), 30Under30:3 (West Stockbridge, MA), and Spoke the Hub Salon (Brooklyn, NY).
Let's find stuff out together.