Jenna Bean Veatch is a multi-disciplinary performing artist and teacher who has been accused of creating “pure, unadulterated, heart-stopping whimsy.” She makes dance-theater shows, stop-action animation, music, written pieces, and delightful objects.
Her work is invitational and experiential. Her first show, Sideshow, inspired by old-fashioned circus sideshows, drew her audience into a dream world, populated by characters like The Tree Man, who had branches growing from his palms which bloomed when he fell in love. Her music videos are funny and then sometimes surprisingly sad, simultaneously kitschy and heartbreaking. Her current project is The Not-Creepy Gathering for People Who Are Single and Want to Fall In Love, a participatory event designed to facilitate connection. Her secret agenda at each of these events is to gently take participants by the hand and walk them into a space of vulnerability, because vulnerability makes way for connection – but she does it slyly. Her charm and wit are infectious and disarming, which lends itself well to work that is quirky and moving, playful and powerful.