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Jaxon Movement Arts

Jacqueline Stewart’s choreography has an unusual depth, an edgy complexity that can be difficult to describe. It’s as if her work conveys some of the dimensions of multi-media productions, even without the presence of explicit multi-media elements. In fact, she is proficient in a variety of different media; she integrates her own video production, graphic arts and photography into a variety of projects. Even when her work does not include multi-media elements, you can almost see this perspective in things like her inventive sense of balance-in-movement, or in the intriguingly creative titles for her choreographic works.

-AOTP Records

“Exhibit Once”, by Jacqueline Stewart, began with one dancer’s bare back to the audience while the other was completely shrouded. Danced by the choreographer and Grace Whitworth, the beautifully long-limbed dancers moved both with and against each other in an exquisite pas de deux that combined powerful weight sharing and gorgeous use of levels. The removing and then reapplying of costumes and use of shadow enhanced the grandeur of this work.”

-DIY Dancer

Detailed and dreamlike, Stewart has a gift for the striking image and her pieces were well danced. “Coffee and Alcohol” takes dehydration as its unlikely subject. And though a couple of oversize water glasses appear onstage, this quintet is fairly abstract. Overall, the dancers’ mastery makes the choreography snap. A brittle walk on half-toe, knees pasted together, is the most distinctive move. “Coffee and Alcohol” doesn’t have much emotional impact, but it’s sharply odd and original.

-Chicago Reader

Really sharp is Coffee and Alcohol, a quartet by Jaxon Movement Arts/Jacqueline Stewart. It's not clear what the point is, but there's plenty of flair and fabulous. Just the right amount of louche and stylish raunch to offset any creeping cliché.

Beautiful, strong, dancey. Musicality and music choices are good, such as little finger/piano accents or the haunting singing voice while she appears damaged/exhausted. Begins and ends intriguingly with a floor-mounted spotlight, used like a ghost-story flashlight”

- OFF OFF OFF Broadway

A few months ago I photographed a dancer named Jacqueline Stewart who is just a fantastic performer and choreographer for her upcoming show that she organized and choreographed in collaboration with Jessica Miller Tomlinson.. It was an amazing show, I was Stunned.

-The Obsessive Eye

Jacqueline Stewart provided her fierce love duet. Their fiery acrobatic enactment its finest feature.

Stewart's greater strengths lie in her sense of stage drama, whether evoking spider-like imagery from an individual, devising intriguing ensemble huddles.

"Jiffy Pop," a slightly strange, slightly seductive ensemble piece that enlists an eclectic grab bag of images.

- Chicago Tribune

Stewart propels her audience into a front-of-the-roller-coaster ride through the image-obsessed madness of modern media culture.

In her new work "It's Not Enough To Close Your Eyes", Stewart includes an additional richness to her study of self-knowledge by placing it within the often-beautiful, always complex realm of relationship. It's a deeply textured work, an evolving story about the way that two people, each looking carefully into the other's perspective, begin to see themselves more clearly.

-AOTP Records

Many of the choreographers had some difficulty handling the large volume of dancers onstage. Not Jacqueline Stewart, who tells a clear story in “The Art of Ice Cream, set to early-60s pop and plainly harking back to yesteryear. Fortunately, despite the upbeat ending, it’s not all rainbows and balloons in this reminiscence of young love and young friendship, at a time of life when everything is impossibly complicated and out-of-control. Stewart’s affection for her characters carries the piece.

-Chicago Reader




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