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together apart


Choreography and visual design by Jessie Jeanne Stinnett with the performers

Performers: Gabriela M. Amy-Moreno, Isvel Bello, Olivia Coombs, Khris Henry, Henoch Spinola (also Project Manager)

Videography by Ernesto Galan / Scalped Productions

Original music by Grant Stinnett

Costumes and set design by Zane Kealey

Commissioned by Goethe-Institut Boston 2021


Prompted by Goethe-Institut Boston’s newly appointed director Christoph Mücher to imagine a coming together again post COVID-19, BDT founder/co-director Jessie Jeanne Stinnett teams up with videographer Ernesto Galan, costume and set designer Zane Kealey, composer Grant Stinnett, and the dance artists of Boston Dance Theater to envision a dance installation created for film. Informed by documentary interviews sourced from 1989 Germany following the collapse of the Berlin wall, an event that sparked a complex process of healing and reunification, Stinnett and her collaborators explore connections between those stories and their experiences of the ongoing effects of the pandemic. 


Boston Dance Theater with Yoni Battat

Choreography: Jessie Jeanne Stinnett with the dancers

Music composition and live music performed by Yoni Battat

Costume design & realization: Zane Kealey

Duration: 30 minutes

Performers: Isvel Bello, Olivia Coombs, Khris Henry, Carley Lund, Sean Pfeiffer, Henoch Spinola, Sarah Takash, Anelise Tatum,

Wesley Urbanczyk

Supported by Combined Jewish Philanthropies

In partnership with the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservation


We know that racism is not a new threat to anyone in the BIPOC community and that the state of antisemitism in the US is cause for concern. Artists have a level of responsibility to assure that their art-making is socially relevant, and this has become ever-more critical in the world that has emerged since 2016.


Jessie Jeanne Stinnett has consistently made curatorial choices that amplify the voices of BIPOC artists. Her work brings awareness to issues such as climate change, environmental and racial justice, and women’s rights.


With support from Combined Jewish Philanthropies and in partnership with the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservation, Stinnett teams up with Yoni Battat and the BIPOC dance artists of Boston Dance Theater (BDT) to create a new work of dance and music that celebrates multiculturalism and resilience.


Incorporating both historical and contemporary ideologies, the work will celebrate our artistic cohort’s multicultural heritage and community in anticipation of the emergence of a more interconnected and conscientious society.


This artistic process is an opportunity to reflect on what 2020/21 has taught us about hope as we emerge from a global pandemic having witnessed many acts of violence, especially toward our BIPOC families and neighbors.

Shadows & Flame


Choreography by Jessie Jeanne Stinnett with the performers

Performers: Gabriela M. Amy-Moreno, Isvel Bello, Olivia Coombs, Khris Henry, Henoch Spinola

Film by Ernesto Galan / Scalped Productions

Original music by Grant Stinnett

Costumes by Zane Kealey

Commissioned by: Museum of Fine Arts + Jewish Arts Collaborative in 2020


“Shadows and Flame” is a co-commission by the Jewish Arts Collaborative and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston for their annual Hanukkah celebration. Co-director Jessie Jeanne Stinnett had originally been asked to choreograph a dance work that would live in the gallery space for an audience of 3,000 people. The project shifted however, in favor of a dance film collaboration with Ernesto Galan of Scalped Productions, where dancers can be viewed from only a single light source and the light and shadow of their dancing bodies is at play. Grant Stinnett, Jessie’s brother, composed the score for this work, creating a tone scale that references traditional Hebrew folk songs.

SURGE (film preview)

Choreography by Jessie Jeanne Stinnett with the performers

Performers/Boston Dance Theater Core Members: Gabriela M. Amy-Moreno, Isvel Bello, Olivia Coombs, Tahimy Miranda, Henoch Spinola

Videographer Ernesto Galan
Scientific input by Dr Larry J Pratt

Sound by Grant Stinnett
Shot on location at Jeremy Point in Wellfleet, Cape Cod
Costumes by Zane Kealey


In 2018 Jessie Jeanne Stinnett teamed up with ocean physicist Dr. Larry J. Pratt to envision a dance+science project centered around the latest scientific research on sea level rise and climate change in Boston Harbor. Initially supported by the Dancemakers Residency at Boston Center for the Arts and Boston Dance Alliance, Stinnett, Pratt, and the dancers of Boston Dance Theater (BDT) developed ‘Surge’ (working title), a performance work which enacts the salient factors of sea level rise. The work also draws attention to the devastating impacts that general mean sea-level rise has on coastal and island communities over the globe. BDT’s Sea Level Rise project aims to join a global effort of engaging artists and scientists in conversation, process, and performance in order to aid global transformation with regard to environmental sustainability.

New Dances for Goethe Institut


Choreography: Jessie Jeanne Stinnett

in collaboration with the dancers

Costume design & realization : Zane Kealey

Music: Stockhausen, Schumann, Bach, Praetorius, von Bingen, Mundry

Duration: 45 minutes, 12 dancers

Commissioned by Goethe Institut Boston in 2019

After being delayed from 2019 due to building renovations and the COVID-19 pandemic, Boston Dance Theater and Sound Icon presented the in-person world premiere of “New Dances for Goethe-Institut” in 2022, a site-specific work that takes place over the five floors of the historic headquarters of Goethe-Institut Boston. BDT founder and co-artistic director Jessie Jeanne Stinnett collaborates with Artistic Director of Sound Icon Ensemble Jeffrey Means to create the new work, accompanied by live music. Music selections are from famous German composers spanning Germany’s musical history.

Filmed on location by Troy Ewing

Little Match Girl Passion


Choreography and costume design: Jessie Jeanne Stinnett

in collaboration with BDT dancers

Costume realization : Jamie Stinnett

Music: David Lang (2008 Pulitzer Prize)

Duration: 35 minutes, 4 dancers, 4 musicians/vocalists

Premiere date April 2018

Supported by: Boston Cultural Council

Commissioned by Emmanuel Music 2018


An interdisciplinary work commissioned by Emmanuel Music, with Emily Marvosh (contralto),  for the Late Night at Emmanuel concert series. David Lang’s Pulitzer-Prize-Winning the little match girl passion tells an everyday story in a hauntingly simple way. The human story of a starving girl freezing to death is framed within, and brilliantly juxtaposed with the divine St. Matthew Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach. If Bach’s masterpiece is less familiar to you, this intimate performance will spark your curiosity and introduce you to the heartbreaking themes of this eternal story.

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