In A Portrait of Self .. Jomecia researches the term "performance". Every morning you get up and get ready to fulfill a role that your environment expects from you. Does that role match what you expect from yourself? Are you the same person if you don't play that part? What remains if you are stripped of all your performances?
Jomecia is inspired by Erving Goffman’s book “The presentation of self in everyday life” in which Goffman describes how individuals behave like actors in life by trying to convey a certain image of themselves to the audience. Goffman speaks of “on stage” when you interact with the outside world and “off stage” when you are at home in your comfort zone. You are, as it were, 2 or more characters depending on where and with who you are.
Jomecia investigates what kind of performances she sets up in life. Every morning you get up and get ready to fulfill the role that your environment expects from you. Does that role match what you expect from yourself? Are you the same person if you don’t play that part? What remains if you are stripped of all your performances?
Jomecia graduated from Lucia Marthas institute for performing arts in 2010 and has since worked as a dancer, choreographer, coach and teacher.
As a dancer and as a choreographer she has worked for various national and international TV programs, theater performances, brands and artists. Her style is closely linked to traditional West African dances and dances from the African diaspora.
In 2019 she started the New Makers Trajectory of the Bijlmer Parktheater. A trajectory in which emerging theater makers work on theater pieces under the guidance of a professional team. Her piece AWANAISA premiered on January 31, 2020.
In her choreographies she focuses on extending powerful movements. “I strive for fluid transitions and isolations on a“ groovy ”and rhythmic basis. My work is about regaining black culture in dance. I am inspired by stories of my ancestors, stories of contemporary black culture and I mix that with my own personal experiences. ”
She releases all her pieces under her company name ODEJ Dance.