Jared Williams, a native of Cambridge MA, is a dance-improvisor, visual artist and dance-arts curator. Since 2012 he has focused primarily on Contact Improvisation and the world of somatics.
After many years of training and teaching Capoeira, Jared discovered dance while looking for alternatives to the more structured world of martial arts. He also found in dance and improvisation places where he could still explore the largeness of a physical practice without the chronic pain and injuries he was experiencing in Capoeira.
In 2014, after several years of training, he founded Electric Fish, a nomadic studio which brings established and emerging teachers to the Boston area for three-day master classes. The curated monthly series, dedicated to providing rigorous education in the fields of improvisation and somatics, brought opportunities to dancers in the city and helped establish networks between the national dance communities and Boston. Acting as both curator, organizer and facilitator, Jared ran over two dozen workshops in less than two years, bringing dance-artists to Boston from NYC, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Montreal, Berlin and Israel. The series ran from 2014-2017 and is currently on hiatus.
He has served on the board of directors at Earthdance and studied throughout the United States with dance-artists such as Chris Aiken, Nancy Stark Smith, K.J. Holmes, Sara Shelton Mann and others. He was selected for CI Ground Research 2015 residency program in Plainfield, MA.
In 2015 he founded New Movement Collaborative, an organization dedicated to the cultivation of contemporary dance in Boston with fellow artist Sarah Mae Gibbons.
Through NMC he has served as Artistic Director and curated the annual experimental dance festival Lion’s Jaw, as well as dozens of workshops, residencies, performances and panel talks. In addition to his work with NMC, jared also teaches Contact Improvisation and runs movement labs in Boston.
He is a believer in the power of movement and the exploration of the physical self as both an artistic practice and as a tool to support healing, build community and to create political and social change.
Jared is also father and a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design (BFA Illustration ’95). He has spent over two decades creating and teaching visual art. His drawings and paintings have been featured in galleries, museums and magazines and he has illustrated over a dozen books for children and adults.