dancer, choreographer

Bobbi Jene Smith is a director, choreographer, and dancer, who makes work for both live theater and film. Her work explores affect and apathy, domestic politics, and the rhythmic and formal connections between music and movement. She danced for the Batsheva Company from 2005-2014. Since then she has choreographed original work for the Martha Graham Dance Company, Los Angeles Dance Project, VAIL Dance Festival,  CORPUS of The Royal Danish Ballet, the Batsheva Dance Company, and others. Her dance and music theater works have been presented and supported by the American Repertory Theater, PS 122, La Mama, ODC Theater, Stanford Live, Carolina Performing Arts, Kaufman Hall at the 92nd St Y, Luminato Festival, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and others. Additionally, she has starred in or choreographed films including Elvira Lind’s Bobbi Jene, Georgia Parris’s Mari, and Alex Garland’s Annihilation. She has directed her own dance films including Broken Theater and Gallop Apace.

Smith is an alumnus of the Juilliard School, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Royal Winnipeg School. She is a founding member of the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC*). In 2019 she was awarded The Harkness Promise Award and was The Martha Duffy Resident Artist at Baryshnikov Art Center. Smith is currently an Artist In Residence at LADP.