Zen Jefferson
Kuyum Arts 2021

Zen Jefferson

Zen Jefferson is a Bessie nominated Swiss – American – British performer, DJ and sound collage artist based in Berlin. In 2006, they graduated with a BFA in dance from The Juilliard School and for the past 14 years has performed with choreographers /companies in Europe, Asia & Africa including Jumatatu Poe, Sonya Lindfors, Michael Keegan Dolan & Moya Michaels amongst others.

Interested in the radical healing and transformative poetics of sound has led Zen to creating sound design scores for theater / performance / lectures and film, co hosting a monthly radio show entitled Poetic Healing w/ Zen & Kondo : a radical sonic expansion of Black Love and a decolonial ballet class facilitated at HZT together with Andrew Champlin.

Zen’s collaborations and practice interrogate the intersections of racial politics within performance, identity politics, ritual and healing that seek to disrupt the imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy, using the body, sound and community as a transformative vessel for immersive healing.



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