Pascoe, from Chicago, has a BFA from The Juilliard School and was a Hubbard Street main company member from 2013-2014. She was also a company member of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal (2009-2013) and Compagnia Aterballetto (2006-2009). She would always improvise to warm up for her shows and started to discover her own style and vocabulary of movement.
Choreographing allowed her to dive deeper into choices she would make on the fly. She describes her aesthetic as animal inspirations over contemporary ballet technique. She explains that each choreographer she worked with has influenced her style in some way. She loves recognizing those moments- “little unintentional shoutouts”- in her own work.
Pascoe will be presenting her piece, “Petit,” in this year’s National Showcase. The inspiration behind the piece is the movements at dusk of a creature of her imagination. It explores the subtle strength of the female form. Pascoe describes the process of how this piece was created,
“This piece was created for a young dancer at Visceral Dance Chicago. I wanted to give her a chance to explore her choices of focus and dynamics, allowing for each time it is performed to be slightly different. The breaks in the melody allow the dancer to reset and take a new approach to each small phrase.”
Don’t miss Bryna Pascoe’s piece, “Petit” in this year’s National Showcase August 12th at 7:30 PM!