Los Angeles, CA
Photo by Marissa Mooney
Jay Carlon (he/they) is an experimental performance maker and community organizer based in Los Angeles. Born and raised on California’s Central Coast, their work is inspired by growing up queer and the youngest of 12 in a Filipino, Catholic, and agricultural migrant-working family. He is committed to connecting his art practice to sustainability and their personal and collective journey of decolonization. Named 25 to Watch by Dance Magazine, Jay's work has been presented in Los Angeles at REDCAT, The Broad Museum, Los Angeles Dance Project, Annenberg Community Beach House, homeLA, and Museum of Contemporary Art; in New York at 92ndY; in Monterrey, Mexico at Espacio Expectante; and in Bangkok, Thailand at Creative Migration. Jay is a performer and directing associate with Australian aerial spectacle theater company Sway, where he has performed at the 2014 Olympics and the 2018 Super Bowl. Carlon has also performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Bill T. Jones, jumatatu m. poe, The Industry Opera, Oguri, Solange Knowles, Rodrigo y Gabriela; and choreographed works for Kanye West, Yoke Lore, and Mndsgn.
Dancing Lab: Mga Tsismosa (2023)