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The Press

Coppélia is a straight eighty-minute high-energy tour de force—‘robots’ and humans and magical interactive technology in constant overlapping motion. The audience loves it; I love it.’

Vera Liber - British Theatre Guide

 ‘Coppélia, one of the most twee of 19th-century ballets, reimagined as a modern cautionary tale with elements of thriller, satire and philosophical inquiry... eerily beautiful...this Coppélia is a successful stride into ballet's future.'

Lyndsey Winship - The Guardian

 ‘Inventive film techniques add to the production’s fantastical nature: dancers are fast-forwarded and rewound, cameras swerve into the middle of the action and cuts between scenes allow sudden changes that would be impossible on stage.’

Emily May - The Stage

 

‘It's big, bold, ambitious, fun and smartly done'

Donald Hutera - The Times

‘Jess and Morgs’ reimagining of Coppélia, the balletomane’s ballet, is an absolute cold white slab of genius. It’s a beast. It’s uncompromising. Truly special. Taking the audience on a voyeuristic trajectory into artifice, greed, and surveillance culture via Artificial Intelligence, the mind boggling execution of both film and choreography is proof that dance, tech and sexy scenography can be gorgeously integrated, without losing substance. It’s a well worn trope, but Jess and Morgs breathe new life into it, as the AI company name suggests. It’s one of the finest productions in years.’

Lorna Irvine - Fjord Review

 

JESS AND MORGS

 

Jess and Morgs' video reel is here.

Jessica Wright and Morgann Runacre-Temple - collectively known as JESS AND MORGS - are multi-award-winning directors, choreographers and filmmakers, making multidisciplinary work together for over fifteen years. 

 

Their work has been programmed internationally across multiple performance venues including Edinburgh International Festival, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Venice Biennale and has been featured on Channel 4,  BBC iPlayer, Canal + and at TATE Liverpool.

 

Their recent full-length ballet of Coppélia for Scottish Ballet won Best Classical Choreography at the National Dance Awards and Achievement in Dance at UK Theatre Awards. The production was also nominated for a South Bank Sky Arts award. In 2022 Jess and Morgs also collaborated on Hotel for Birmingham Royal Ballet. Both Coppélia and Hotel were shortlisted for Europe’s Fedora Prize.

 

Their dance films have won awards at international festivals including the Short Form Award at the prestigious Celtic Media Festival for TREMBLE (Scottish Ballet) and the Grand Prize for Best Musical at the Oscar-qualifying Rhode Island International Film Festival 2020 for Cinderella Games (English National Ballet).  In 2021 they directed Scottish Ballet’s first feature film The Secret Theatre, which was awarded Best Dance Film at the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards that year. 

 

JESS AND MORGS received the audience award for their films at Choreoscope Festival, Barcelona over 3 consecutive years (2017, 2018, 2019). They were nominated for the Critics’ Circle Outstanding Creative Contribution Award (2021) and for the Muybridge Award for Technical Innovation’ at  IMZ’s Dancescreen (2016).

 

Specializing in live cinematic dance, JESS AND MORGS push the boundaries of technology in live performance, offering audiences an immersive experience that blurs the lines between reality and fiction. Their productions integrate technology as both medium and subject matter, contributing to broader discussions around technology, AI, and media and the benefits and issues we face as a society with ever-advancing technological possibilities. 

AWARDS 

Winner -  Achievement in Dance UK Theatre Awards, Coppélia, 2023 

Winner - Best Classical Choreography, National Dance Awards,  Coppélia, 2023

Winner - Best Feature Film, National Dance Awards, The Secret Theatre, 2021 

Winner -  Best Musical Rhodes Island Film Festival Cinderella Games, 2020 

Winner -  Short Form Celtic Media Festival, TREMBLE, 2020 

Winner - Best Dance Film, New Renaissance Film Festival - TREMBLE, 2020

Winner - Best Mini Portland Dance Film Festival, TREMBLE, 2020

Winner - Audience Award Dance@30FPS, TREMBLE, 2020 

Winner - Audience Award Choreoscope Festival, TREMBLE, 2019, 2018 & 2017 

Winner - Best Direction Portland Dance Film Festival, Curing Albrecht, 2017 

Winner - Best Dance Film, New Renaissance Film Festival - Curing Albrecht, 2017

Nominated - Outstanding Creative Contribution National Dance Awards, 2021 

Nominated - Muybridge Award for Technical Innovation IMZ DanceScreen, 2016 

Nominated - Best New Dance Production South Bank Sky Arts, Coppélia, 2023 

 

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