Jes DeVille is an Afro-Borikén director, choreographer, artist, educator, and administrator working across mediums to explore relational literacy through dance-theatre and social design. An NYC native based in the Bay Area since 2008, their history of self- and co-produced events primed their founding of environmental dance organization Openhaus Athletics in 2017. For nearly two decades, DeVille has conceived and collaborated on new ways to drive social impact through cultural art – from running app-driven citywide scavenger hunts, to throwing the historic San Francisco City Hall a 100th-year outdoor birthday burlesque show for an audience of 25,000 people. Awarded the inaugural Updraft artist residency by vertical dance company Bandaloop in 2021, they are grateful to also be uplifted as a design fellow with Buckminster Fuller Institute:Design Science Studio, an annual presenter for University of California, Irvine’s Emergent Media Research Group, and a member of the American Circus Alliance.

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