Jermaine Maurice Spivey was born in Baltimore, Maryland USA and is a graduate of Baltimore School for the Arts and The Juilliard School. From 2002-present, Jermaine has lived and worked predominately in Europe but recently returned to make his home base in USA. He has been a company member of Ballet Gulbenkian and Cullberg Ballet, worked as a freelance/guest artist for Hofesh Shechter Company, Robyn Live 2016, The LID, Arias Company and The Forsythe Company from 2013-2015 as well as a cast member of American Repertory Theater's original production The Shape She Makes conceived by Susan Misner and Jonathan Bernstein. Most consistently since 2008, Jermaine has been a member of Crystal Pite's company Kidd Pivot. He has also worked as rehearsal assistant and/or staged Crystal Pite's work for companies such as Cedar Lake Ballet, Carte Blanche, Hessisches StaatsBallett Wiesbaden and Netherlands Dance Theater. Jermaine has instructed dance all across North America and Europe for professional companies, universities, studios and training programs including The Juilliard School, UCLA, NYU Tisch, Baltimore School for the Arts, The Playground NYC, Edge PAC, LA Dance Project, The Performing Arts Project, MOVE NYC, No)one. Art House, Nuova Officina Della Danza, Dance OUT, Salt Contemporary Dance and GöteborgsOperans Danskompani. He is a 2001 Princess Grace Awardee and a 1998 National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts 1st Level Awardee. At this moment in his career, Jermaine is very grateful for the opportunity to explore choreography, having most recently created for Westside Dance Project as well as a full evening work premiered at Disjecta in Portland, Oregon with his partner and co-creator Spenser Theberge titled Rather This Then.
Spenser Theberge, a Portland, Oregon native, received his early training from the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics and Columbia Dance, and is a graduate of The Juilliard School under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. He is a former company member of Netherlands Dance Theater I and II, and a guest artist with The Forsythe Company. Currently freelancing, Spenser has most recently been a guest with Crystal Pite's Kidd Pivot, the Gothenburg Opera DansKompani, and the ARIAS Company, as well as a master class teacher throughout Europe, America, and Asia. His own choreography has been presented by the Gothenburg Opera DansKompani, the Korzo Theater in The Hague, and Place des Arts in Montreal, and his current collaboration with Jermaine Spivey has received support through Hollins University in cooperation with The Forsythe Company and Frankfurt LAB, PACT Zollverein, Nuova Officina della Danza, DISJECTA, Reed College, and NAVEL LA. Spenser stages the work of Alexander Ekman and Johan Inger internationally, and is a National Young Arts winner, a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and a Princess Grace Award recipient. He has been a fan of the Gypsy Project for many years and is SO HAPPY to be a able to witness it in person this year.