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She is a riveting performer (as anyone who saw her when she was with Spectrum can attest), but in her own work [BLACK LIKE ME], her terrific facility coalesced with her unique artist’s voice to transfixing effect.
— SeatteDances, Mariko Nagashima

Jade Solomon-Curtis is a dance artist and choreographer who integrates classical and African American vernacular movements with mixed-media and Hip Hop culture. Through the lens of a contemporary black woman, Curtis’s works ponder tradition and reinvention, social justice, social constructs as well as intuition and logic- often resulting in a counter-narrative and the subversion of an idea. Her work is conceived using dance as its language and activism as its muse.

A powerful tool for social change, dance allows for a deeper and more connected understanding of the human psychology and its infinite complexities. It can serve as a catalyst for engagement, surrounding critical and vital conversations of a community. 

Collaboration, also critical to Curtis’s works, provide many lenses and mediums to enhance and reinforce a singular message. Curtis’s current work, Black Like Me: An Exploration of the Word Nigger is a multidisciplinary project that explores the reverb of a single word throughout a community. Her collaborators include a visual artist, a media and digital designer and a sound composer. 

Her work has been shown at: The Seattle Art Museum, Town Hall, Velocity Dance Center, Seattle International Dance Festival, Theatre On The Square, Spectrum Dance Theater, APAP|NYC and Provincetown Dance Festival.

Jade Solomon Curtis, originally from Texas, is an emerging choreographer and longtime dance artist who collaborates across disciplines to create dance experiences that use activism as its muse. She is the founder of Solo Magic, an non-profit arts initiative and the artist-in-residence at the Pan African Center for Empowerment. Curtis has been a featured performer with companies such as Spectrum Dance Theater, Wideman/Davis Dance, Opus Dance Theater and Alison Chase Performance. Her solo work has been presented by the Seattle Art Museum’s opening of Kehinde Wiley’s: A New Republic, Seattle Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas, Grammy Award winning jazz composer, John Clayton and Common Ground Music Project: Cuba, among others. Curtis received her BFA in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University and is the recipient of fellowships and grants from the Univ. of South Carolina, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Artist Trust and 4Culture. She is also the subject of the EMMY Award winning short, Jade Solomon Curtis