Jess Allen is a performance artist from Aberystwyth. Typically, her work combines long-distance walking art with one-to-one performance in rural landscapes, using the walk to set up unexpected interventions with the strangers she encounters. But she also works with movement, sound, film, installation, food and crafts. Her work is characterised by conviviality, camaraderie, connection. It is ‘eco-activist’ inasmuch as it foregrounds how we participate in a human ecology, which is always already part of a more-than-human, planetary ecology. She has a PhD in biology from Aberystwyth University, and a PhD in contemporary performance from the University of Manchester. In between she trained as a dancer and has worked as landscape and conservation officer for local government, dance lecturer (improvisation/somatics), community arts facilitator (AHRC Multi-Story Water) and as an aerial dancer for Full Tilt Aerial Theatre and inclusive (disabled/nondisabled) companies Blue Eyed Soul and EVERYBODY dance (UK/US/Europe). She currently teaches on the Syrcas Byd Bychan community circus programme at Small World Theatre.
Her current portfolio of solo performance work includes: