Janeill Cooper

Janeill Cooper, photo by Kathryn Butler

Janeill Cooper’s a little more magic is a solo exploration of how Black womanness is governed in ways that leave little room for her to experience herself as a complete human being and that prevent her from being perceived as such from the outside. The work seeks to rectify the misrepresentation of the Black woman identity and vocalize and validate the multifacetedness of the Black woman experience, in all of its universalities and differences.

Janeill Cooper is a native of Queens, NY where she began her dance training locally at the Edge School of the Arts. She continued to receive training from Frank Sinatra High School of the Arts, The Ailey School, and Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts. In 2017, Janeill earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with Honors from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. Over the course of her training, Janeill performed works by William Forsythe, Rennie Harris, Earl Mosley, Sidra Bell, Gary Jeter, Dinita and Kyle Clark, and Jillian Peña to name a few. Janeill is a former dancer of Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, A Dance Company, and is currently a collaborating artist with Christal Brown’s INSPIRIT. As a dance maker, Janeill has presented works at the Sans Limites Dans Festival and Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn. Janeill was a 2018 BRIClab Artist in Residence and is currently a 2018-19 BAX Upstart Program artist.