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Sally Jacques' Book of The 64 Beds Project Under the Covers
Arts Story  February 16, 1996, by Stephanie Beauchamp
"...It was to raise awareness about this very issue, the issue of homelessness, that prompted Sally Jacques in December of 1988 to create a performance event entitled 64 Beds. The event involved an all-night vigil in the Mexic-Arte Museum, incorporating 64 beds created by 64 visual artists; 64 "Sleepers" -- individuals from the community, some of them homeless persons -- each of whom was assigned to one of these beds; and 24 artists, who performed for the Sleepers and led them in rituals associated with bedtime and rest..."

Lost in Space
Performance Artist Sally Jacques Lives Life on the Edges
Arts Story  June 5, 1998
"...Heaven knows it consumes Sally Jacques. She is forever giving herself over to the consideration of bodies in space, how human figures fit into specific environments and relate to them, how their placement affects the environments and the environment affects them..."

Concrete Vigil
In transforming buildings into altars, Sally Jacques offers a place to keep watch
Arts Story  September 25, 2014, by Jonelle Seitz
"...When Sally Jacques was a teenage free spirit hitching around the Catalan region of Spain, she was overwhelmed by the morphic, voluptuous architecture of Antoni Gaudí. "Where – ? How – ? You know, where – where did this come from?" At Christmas, she went with a friend to services at Església de Santa Maria in Cadaqués, the vibrant figures of its towering baroque altarpiece seemed to gesture toward her: "I remember closing my eyes and listening to the music, and opening them and just starting at this living, breathing altar..."

Risk for Beauty
Sally Jacques sends dancers flying off a pair of federal buildings to give us a moment of transcendence
Arts Story  June 15, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...Sally Jacques steps off the elevator on the ninth floor of the J.J. Pickle Federal Building and leads the way to a suite that was a local base of operations for Lyndon Johnson during his presidency..."

Blue Lapis Light's Edge of Grace
Blue Lapis Light leaves its epic aerial work for an intimate and uniquely compelling dance on scaffolding
Arts Review  September 24, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...But this is Artistic Director Sally Jacques returning to her roots, revisiting a kind of work she made in the years before her current company was founded and her dancers began ascending into the heavens in ever more spectacular ways. In those works, the performers never achieve flight; they may climb above the earth, but they're not able to break its bonds, and our sense of them as forever earthbound gives every grasp of a bar and pull of a body upward, every lean into the open air, every stretch of an arm into the sky a poignance born of vulnerability..."

'Site Dance'
A new book cites Blue Lapis Light's founder as a dancemaker of national importance
Arts Story  February 26, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...A new book, Site Dance: Choreographers and the Lure of Alternative Spaces, devotes an entire chapter to Requiem, with Blue Lapis Light Artistic Director Sally Jacques describing its creation and performance in a way that brings this outstanding work back to life and gives those who saw it a new appreciation for the efforts undertaken in its production. But the book does more than preserve this one dance in print; it sets it alongside a baker's dozen of site-specific dances from all across the country and, through an interview with Jacques that discusses her 20 years of work in Austin, creates a context for her as a dancemaker of national consequence...."

They Might Be Angels
For Blue Lapis Light, dance artists Laura Cannon and Nicole Whiteside become heavenly creatures
Arts Story  October 5, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...Nicole Whiteside and Laura Cannon are not, in fact, winged messengers from on high, but for the past few years, they've gotten so good at aerial dance work that they can pass for angels. As leading dance artists for Blue Lapis Light, the company founded by site-specific choreographer Sally Jacques, Whiteside and Cannon have raced sideways across the faces of buildings, launched themselves off ledges and glided artfully through the evening sky, and hovered and twirled four stories, 10 stories, 12 stories above the ground, to the amazement of audiences gathered below..."

Making It Happen
The 2007 class of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame
Arts Story  June 1, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...Connelly and Armstrong are present in all corners of the community and not merely present but engaged. And Austin is richer for it.Sally Jacques..."

Dancing Through Uncharted Territory
Choreographic explorers Sharir & Bustamante and their 20-year expedition of discovery
Arts Story  May 13, 2005, by Robert Faires
"...During that time, these men have taken us into new realms regarding site-specific performance, video and dance, performance in cyberspace, and computerized choreography. Our city has been blessed with many pioneering modern dance artists – Deborah Hay, Sally Jacques, Heloise Gold, Diana Prechter, Andrea Ariel, Darla Johnson and Andrew Long, Ellen Bartel, to name a few – but none who have done so much for so long at the head of one company as Sharir and Bustamante..."

When site-specific dance maker Sally Jacques was told that she could use the concrete shell of the Intel building for her latest production, she leapt at the opportunity
Arts Story  June 9, 2006, by Barry Pineo
"...But not for Sally Jacques. When the queen of site-specific dance in Austin was told that she could use the building for her latest production, she leapt at the opportunity..."

Where Nothing Falls II
Where Nothing Falls II is a breathtaking, heart-rending parade of bodies in motion through the vast expanses of a warehouse
Arts Review  June 25, 2004, by Robert Faires
"...By the time we see this in Where Nothing Falls II, Sally Jacques' rich extension of her site-specific dance from 2003, we've witnessed a number of individuals walk and run to and fro between their own shadows on a wall and some unseen force that appears to startle them, until finally all fall and lie still on the hard floor; four figures attached to ropes leave a catwalk high in the air and float to earth, their sideways bodies curled like fetuses; angelic figures on roller skates glide from a dark void toward us, and as they come kneeling and scooping their hands, as if through water, to offer us its cooling relief, two figures, their hands gripping long, elastic bands, launch themselves into the air, their feet leaving the earth, their bodies swinging, soaring, sailing through space – we've seen this and much more, even a quartet of celestial skateboarders, rolling thunderously up wooden ramps and down to surf the concrete, winding through the forest of tall, concrete pillars and one another's paths. In short, we've seen a breathtaking parade of bodies in motion, human beings confronting loss, separateness, and their place in the wide, wide world through the massive expanses of a warehouse in the Domain...."

Blue Lapis Light takes youth away from risk and on a journey
Arts Story  December 14, 2012, by Dawn Davis Loring
"...Sally Jacques calls them "youth in transition," referring to the young people with whom she and the teachers from her Blue Lapis Light aerial dance company have been collaborating for the past 18 weeks. They are youth who need a range of services and support and who may be new parents, unemployed, or even homeless..."

Whispers of Heaven
With Whispers of Heaven, choreographer Sally Jacques invites us to steep in visions of loveliness in a hard place, to ease into beauty as we would a hot bath
Arts Review  June 24, 2005, by Robert Faires
"...Whispers of Heaven feels as if it comes from the latter camp. The latest site-specific dance by Sally Jacques may be familiar in that its setting is a large industrial warehouse; its dancers walk across walls, move through space far above the floor, and otherwise defy gravity as they perform; and the imagery and sounds that surround them come from longtime collaborators of Jacques': lighting designer Jason Amato, vocalist Tina Marsh, cellist Terry Muir, and sound designer William Meadows..."

The Blue Pearl: A Heart-rending, Joyous Affirmation of Life
In the profoundly beautiful world of Blue Pearl, the third installment of her scaffold trilogy, choreographer Sally Jacques gave us an extended collaborative offering of movement, sound, and light and more, a heart-rending and joyous affirmation of life.
Arts Review  June 30, 2000, by Dawn Davis
"...For an hour and a half, Sally Jacques and her dancers showed us why: Because there is so much aching beauty to express that words cannot touch and because dance transforms. In the profoundly beautiful world Jacques created for Blue Pearl, the third installment of her scaffold trilogy, nothing else mattered except shared epiphany..."

Austin Critics Table Nominations, 2003-2004
The full list of nominations for the 2003-2004 Austin Critics Table Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in local theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art
Arts Story  May 14, 2004, by Robert Faires
"...where nothing falls, Sally Jacques Productions..."

Top 10 Onstage Works of Wonder in 2002
Austin Chronicle Arts Editor Robert Faires delivers his list of the Top 10 most memorable productions in the performing arts for 2002.
Arts Story  January 3, 2003, by Robert Faires
"...3. The Well Inside (Sally Jacques Productions): Sally Jacques ended her trilogy of dances on scaffolds with more breathtaking acrobatics and some unexpected intimacy..."

Moving Toward the Edge of Grace
The new and the familiar at Blue Lapis Light's new home
Arts Story  September 17, 2015, by Jonelle Seitz
"...Maybe this story began in the early Eighties in Spain, when Sally Jacques attended Christmas Eve mass at the Església de Santa Maria in Cadaqués and saw, in its ornate sculptural altarpiece, angels dancing around on columns and perched atop arches, and human figures gesturing benevolently down at the people in the pews...."

Movers & Shakers
A guide to Austin dance
Arts Story  December 3, 2015, by Jonelle Seitz and Robert Faires
"...Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Blue Lapis Light's dancers, dangling off a 20-story hotel, soaring over the Long Center City Terrace, gliding through Seaholm Power Plant's vast interior. This aerial dance troupe, founded in 2005, grew out of choreographer Sally Jacques' earlier efforts to defy gravity in a series of works that had committed, courageous dancers lean off scaffolds, climb silks, and hang suspended from wires in hangars, warehouses, and other urban environments..."

The dance sparkles with captivating images of water and weightlessness
Arts Review  June 24, 2011, by Dawn Davis Loring
"...Bats flew, water lapped, and as a special surprise, a gorgeous lunar eclipse had the audience spellbound. It was as if the environment conspired with Artistic Director Sally Jacques to create an enchanted space for the audience..."

Blue Lapis Light transforms Seaholm into a grand cathedral where the spirit is free to soar
Arts Review  October 19, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...Most of us entering an empty power plant that hasn't generated any electricity in almost 20 years would see an industrial husk, a monstrous void entombed in concrete. Sally Jacques entered one and saw a cathedral, and the site-specific choreographer spent six months working to convince developers and engineers and city officials that it existed..."

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