Dancer/choreographer Jessica Roseman and saxophonist and composer Jorrit Dijkstra have been collaborating improvisationally in Boston for three years. Roseman and Dijkstra dialogue with sound, rhythm, touch, weight, expression, and space to compose abstract, theatrical stories together. Their ongoing improvisational exchange Buzz draws as heavily upon both free improvisation practices in music and in dance, as it does on relationship dynamics and awareness. The duo practices being fully present with each other, and while at play discover new manifestations of that presence. In their trusting partnership, each artist’s creative inquiry pushes the other to together expand their limits of performance. “Buzz” inherently explores the politics of our identities in space together. What does it mean for a Dutch American man and a biracial Jamaican American Jewish woman to share the stage? How do we communicate as equals?

Over time, the duets have come to explore the fine edges of humor and theatricality. There is something magical for us in the moment of not knowing or seeing how each other is responding. We explore how these random instances affect our interrelationship, relative to the space. Will we touch, or won’t we? Will you as viewers see something we don’t? Will you laugh even if we’re not overtly clowning? What happens when we simplify our roles even further to two bodies in space and one instrument?

Buzz has been adapted for large proscenium stages, outdoor site specific areas, and for small spaces. We have been presented by Wesleyan University, Tiny & Short at the Dance Complex, the Lilypad’s Cutout Series, Driff Music Fest, at Constellation in Chicago, and at the Somerville Theater for the ArtBeat Festival in Davis Square, MA, presented by the Somerville Arts Council. We most recently performed Buzz in Ten Tiny Dances® in September 2019, presented by the Dance Complex.