Jesse Factor’s growing repertoire of solo work combines a speculative view of queer histories and the archive with contemporary composition practices. He has created Mommie Queerest, presented at Queers in Revolt at Sam Houston University in 2019, Kween Kong presented at the Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival in 2017, and Marthagany: the Spectre-Acle series, which continues to tour at dance festivals, performance events, and nightclubs. Jesse Factor’s studied channeling of divas in exile–from time and body–hauntingly reflects the impressions they’ve left behind.
His most recent work, RELIC was honored with the Twin Cities Arts Reader Critics Pick, Minnesota Fringe Staff Pick, and garnered multiple 5-star audience reviews. He has been awarded the Kelly Strayhorn Freshworks residency with collaborator Scott Andrew for presentation in March of 2020.
Factor’s work has been presented in many American and international venues including the Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh), OUTsider Festival (Austin), Milton Art Bank (Milton), RADfest (Kalamazoo), St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery (NYC), Fresh Fruit Festvial (NYC), House of Yes, (NYC), and Fierce Queer Burlesque (Toronto).
Jesse Factor received the Iowa Arts Fellowship (2015-2016) and an Obermann Graduate Institute Fellowship (2017) at the University of Iowa. Jesse danced professionally with the Martha Graham Dance Company and Graham II, received a BFA in Drama with honors from Tisch/NYU, and an MFA in Dance from the University of Iowa.