My attention towards, fascination with, and admiration of Jasmine spans close to a decade now. This woman has floated into my reality though many forms of connection that range from on the fly conversation, seeing her signature doted cheeks and braids pass through a crosswalk, drawings framed and hanging on art show walls, and of course - on stage. Jasmine's performances have been some of the most innovated, inspiring, and emotionally charged shows I have ever seen. Down to the costume, the concept, and the energy emoted. It's undeniable that there has been a huge turning point of culture and art in Los Angeles over the last decade, and hands down, Jasmine has been a huge part of that progress.
Who are you?
----a punk by stomach and an artist by heart.
Why do you work?
I work because my work feeds me. I cannot escape dance and choreography, it eats me...it is my passion. Plus I have bills to pay, you know.
What do you believe in ?
I believe in movement and being still as a way to find balance in one's feet on the earth and one's brain turning off. To me, this is elation. I believe the best drugs are water, food and beta endorphins.
What do you say YES to?
I say yes to freedom, I say yes to touch.
What do you say NO to?
I say no to Narcissism, I say no to anger in one's teeth.
What change would you like to see?
More humans living by influence, more humans riding bikes, more humans reading, more humans moving their bodies, more humans reconnecting with nature.
Name one thing that makes you happy?Oceans.
How would you describe your personal routine ?
Wake early, coffee, cigarettes, writing, more coffee, walk, dance, dance, cigarettes, draw, read, stretch, walk more, dance, choreograph, repeat any/all of the above steps, sleep, dream, repeat.
What did you want to be as a child?A fireman.
Can you remember one solid piece of advice you've gotten for the growth of your business / work ?
Do everything in your power to not take things personally. Roll with the punches.
If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?
Who is one person in culture that you feel is making positive and inspiring change ?
It's difficult to think of just one: Patti Smith, Emeka Simmons, Agnes Varda, Angela Davis, Frankie Latina.