Jamie Antonick, also known as JmeJames, is a queer performer, choreographer, somatic dancer and artist. Drawing inspiration from classical and contemporary dance forms, contact improvisation, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, American Sign Language (ASL) storytelling, magick and burlesque, Jme creates works that challenge social norms and injustices while existing in a realm of imagination, entertainment, comedy and play.
JmeJames attended The Dance Center at Columbia College Chicago 2009- 2013 and Moving On Center’s Somatic Dance Program in 2019. Since 2006, Jme has performed throughout Chicago, Portland, and the Bay Area. Jme was an honored recipient of the 2020 Poetic Justice Foundation Artist Grant. Their most recent piece, Finger Blast Burlesque, was presented by Beaverton’s Ten Tiny Dances, Risk/Reward’s Renee’s Queer Caberate, The New Parish Theater of Oakland, and a plethora of underground venues and events. Finger Blast Burlesque uses a mashup of contemporary modern dance, burlesque, ASL storytelling and comedy to investigate gender norms/identity, body ownership/entitlement, and sexuality; all while taking place in a 3’x3’x3’ red-velvet curtained theater.
JmeJames holds other magics in life as a professional ASL interpreter, child care provider, and musician. Originally from Chicago, Jme currently nests in Portland, OR.