Toronto dancer and choreographer Jasmyn Fyffe is among 150 black women from the GTA featured in a Toronto-based digital-photo series called HERstory in Black. (Leilah Dhore)
In honour of Black History month, CBC brings you stories from HERstory in Black, a Toronto-based digital photo series profiling 150 black women from the GTA and other parts of Ontario by How She Hustles, a network of 5,000 diverse women.
Name: Jasmyn Fyffe
What she does: Jasmyn Fyffe is an independent dance artist, choreographer and teacher in Toronto.
When did you start dancing?
Jasmyn Fyffe: I started dancing when I was six years old training in African-Caribbean dance and ballet. And then just went into soccer, track and field and basketball, those were my focuses in high school. But when I started dancing again and actually training I was like, 'Wow,' I just couldn't think of anything else I wanted to do as a profession, but dance and make dances. As a performer, how can I speak to my audience? How can I speak to their humanity? How can I make that connection? That's what is really important to me. I really don't know what I would do if I didn't move and dance and create. I wouldn't be the person I am. I wouldn't be happy. I wouldn't be grounded.
April 13th 2016
Art as catharsis: How choreographer Jasmyn Fyffe confronted her own emotions
What an honour to be featured on an edition of CBC Arts: Storytellers!
"Choreographer Jasmyn Fyffe thought she was keeping her life at bay...when she was choreographing her latest work. But that separation collapsed when she had to confront her own emotions, watching two of her dancers perform a duet she'd created.
In this edition of Storytellers — where artists tell us about critical moments in their creative lives — Fyffe takes us back to the moment when she realized her life and her art were inextricably entwined."
Click here to listen to the full interview with Jasmyn!
November 26th 2015
Dancers turn heads Thursday at University of Guelph
We love this breathtaking photo of JFD dancer, Jonna Abrams, from the Guelph Dance Festival CSA Nooner Series!
Click here to view on the Guelph Mercury website.
"movement was intricate, punctuated and fluid all at the same time"
Cynthia Croker (Director: Motus O Dance Theatre)