Welcome to Jennifer Jancuska + The BringAbout. Below, you will learn how The BringAbout is changing the landscape of American musical theatre development and the unique opportunities for you to collaborate with The BringAbout.
Who is JENNIFER JANCUSKA + THE BRINGABOUT?
Jennifer Jancuska is a choreographer and creative producer, as well as the founding Artistic Director of Brooklyn based company The BringAbout. Over the span of three years, The BringAbout has been engaged in development of more than 25 new works leading towards productions in New York, California, and Connecticut. The BringAbout includes a Broadway experienced music team: music director, percussionist, and additional musicians. The BringAbout’s official photographer and videographer, James Jin, is always onsite with The BringAbout, capturing process and product to support forward momentum of new works.
What is ASTIR?
ASTIR is a 5 hour residency with Jennifer Jancuska + The BringAbout. The purpose of the residency is to explore movement and dance as narrative tools in the development of new musicals and plays.
Who is in the room for ASTIR?
ASTIR a collaboration between Jennifer Jancuska + The BringAbout and the writers of new works. Meaning, The BringAbout and writing teams will be in the studio together for the 5 hour residency. If the new work is attached to, or considering a director, designers, and/or producers, they are invited to join the ASTIR as well.
Are there additional platforms for developing new work with The BringAbout?
Yes! New works are also fully staged by The BringAbout for development and production purposes. For availability, consideration, and details, please contact Ben Holtzman of The BringAbout’s Board of Directors (email@example.com).
What can I expect from an ASTIR experience with The BringAbout?
"Working with Jennifer Jancuska + The BringAbout is a one-of-a-kind experience. From the incredible company of dancers to the talented, collaborative music team to the magical creative goddess that is Jennifer Jancuska herself, we were able to unlock so many exciting possibilities about the sonic and physical world of our show. The care, generosity, and energy everyone brought to the piece was palpable and electric. It is truly the best kind of theatrical playground. Daring. Enlightening. Profound.” - Angelica Cheri, Writer
"Surprising. Delightful. Refreshing” - Max Vernon, Composer
“My jaw was open a good deal of time watching everyone dance, sing, and help these characters come to life. It was really creatively exciting to see dance so early on in the developmental process for a new musical, because it movement is so important but it is frequently the final thing to be addressed. Jennifer had a really playful & organic energy that encouraged experimentation with her group of dancers. I went into the experience with no prior knowledge or expectations and was really shocked and delighted by how talented and passionate the entire team was- from the dancers to the band”
"Inspiring. Thrilling. Discovery.” - Ross Baum, Composer
"Generous. Joyful. Illuminating." – Max Reuben, Writer
“Enlightening. Intense. Inspiring” – Rebekah Allen, Composer
“Collaboration. Vocabulary. Impulse” – John Hurley, Director
“Exploratory. Exhilarating. Explosive.” – Srda Vasiljevic, Director
"Organic. Relaxed. Eye-opening." – Catie Davis, Director
"Candid. Collaborative. Revelatory." – Wes Braver, Composer
"We learned a ton and it felt so good to see this thing move on its feet, after so long sitting behind music stands. I would honestly say it was just as helpful as a full 29-hour reading, and in just a fraction of the time. And getting to see Jennifer’s process was so cool! Always a joy to see masters at work in their craft. A million thanks to you and your brilliant collaborators, The BringAbout. You really get our piece and are asking all the right questions."
- Wes Braver, Composer
"Our collaboration with Jennifer Jancuska + The BringAbout was collaborative and supportive from the moment it began. Over the course of devising choreography we saw how a variety of minds responded to the material in our show, what it looked like with different numbers of bodies on stage, and just how much dance there could potentially be in book musical. Jennifer led the room with ease, and raised great dramaturgical questions about the function of the bodies on stage, which we will continue to consider as we move forward with Medusa."
- Catie Davis, Director
"Musical theatre writers dream of the day when their work is made manifest upon the stage. Unfortunately, due to logistical complexities, this day does not usually come until very late in the developmental process. For some, it never comes at all. I had the great good fortune to place my fledgling work in the capable hands of Jennifer Jancuska Jancuska+ The BringAbout. They are a company in a class of their own. Jennifer and her team of dancer-singer-actors took the newly written seeds of my project and created a dynamic and polished piece of stagecraft that most writers don’t get to see until opening night. This insight into the physical world of my piece will inform the rest of my writing process, and gives me a sense of security in the fact that the work has already had life on the stage.
Individually, The BringAbout are a group of extremely talented performers with passionate personalities. As a team, The BringAbout is an entity like I have never seen before. Because of their history of performance together they collaborate with charming fluidity. Their sense of trust in rehearsal is palpable and their excitement to tackle new work is infectious and humbling. Jennifer Jancuska leads The BringAbout less like a choreographer with rigid choreography and more like a conductor who knows how to bring the best out of each member of her ensemble to tell a story. It is a beautiful process to witness. I was very fortunate to have my material work-shopped by Jennifer Jancuska + The BringAbout and I look forward to seeing what is in store for them next."
- Douglas Waterbury-Tieman, Writer & Composer
It's always a little bit scary to bring an in-progress text to new collaborators, but The BringAbout met the work (and me) with incredible generosity. Not only did we start to discover the myriad potential ways this play might exist in three-dimensional space, but Jennifer + The BringAbout helped me clarify questions about the work I hadn't even thought to be asking. The freedom to explore the work, without judgment and without preciousness, allowed some really wonderful discoveries to be made in a very short amount of time. I went home that day with a newfound understanding about the physical language of the play, which is going to continue to inform the crafting of the work in the future.
- Max Reuben, Writer