Jennifer De Leon

22nd September 2017

Do we ever ‘get there’?     Where is ‘there’?

BUGS and WORMS and DESIRE is an intimate look into a journey. Determination, grace, grit. 
Jennifer De Leon, choreographer/performer is “a dance artiste who pushes her boundaries continually. She tests herself and her body with new forms of movement and
choreography, searching for and discovering the dance
that is truly her and her's”......... (MaryJane O’Reilly)

Choreography/Performer  Jennifer, de Leon
Music by Moby, Walter Carlos,
Costuming by Olga Khimitch,
Poetry by Anthony Doerr, 
Photos by Shovik Nandi,
Sponsored by Brooklands Church 

BUGS and WORMS and DESIRE is preceded by DREAMER ..............about Being There

These two works are a story that contains questions:  Do we get there?   Where is ‘there’?   Does it matter?  Do we care?

Jennifer makes work that is not quite human:

“bird like movements, darting beady eyes and coy smile hide a tiger or panther that lies beneath her downward glare. Jennifer’s beauty is inherent in her bone structure and mana, these are her anchor.”(Merenia Gray).

“When she left the stage it seemed for a few seconds as if she was still dancing in the empty space.” (Ann Hunt).

Seeming to “address internal struggles, the challenges of creation and performance, taking new directions which challenge everything that has gone before” (Raewyn Whyte) –

Flow, endurance, bloody-mindedness, grace.In this new work Jennifer confronts a question that,sooner or later, confronts us all - what does it take?

Whether it be to get there, go forward, go anywhere, simply GO – what does it take?
Yes - endurance but there is more, a kind of divine grace. Undergirding not just the movement but perhaps the essence of why this happens at all.
“De Leon is one of our most radical performers” (Raewyn Whyte).
This work is radical to the point where either you will scream, or you will be enfolded into something  that you too, know and walk


Jennifer de Leon is a choreographer, performer, dance teacher (NZADT), Founder- Director of POYEMA Dance Company, a registered Psychotherapist, a Dance Movement Therapist and mother of 2.

She trained in NZ, the UK and USA, initially in classical ballet and gaining her RAD Solo Seal. Subsequently she trained and worked with the Bill Evans Dance Company in Seattle where her unique combination of classical / neo-classical / Limon-based modern / Laban fundamentals / acrobatics and partner work began to emerge. Years of continually evolving practice and a huge input of movement disciplines have fed Jennifer’s work since then. She is an advanced Bikram yoga practitioner.

She is a member of NZAP (NZ Association of Psychotherapists) and holds a Masters Degree with First Class Hons. in Health Science, which she won through producing NZ’s first-ever combined performed-and-written degree.  Her Masters’ dancework ‘Stillpoint’ is available on DVD and her book Dance and Stillness through Amazon.com.

Jennifer is the survivor of multiple injuries from car and motorbike accidents and dance as her discipline and her prayer is what has given her life again.

Her work in Dance Psychotherapy is called THE HEALING DANCE – specializing in discovering and working with the potential and resources of the 'dancer within.' Jennifer works from her studio in Grey Lynn, seeing clients, teaching classes, choreographing for POYEMA and herself. She performs regularly.


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