Pure Existence

The vision of Pure Existence is to create transformative experiences that emphasize human connection through the power and beauty of dance. 

Founded in 2012 by Artistic Director, Jodie Randolph, Pure Existence is a professional contemporary dance company based in Ann Arbor, MI. We are a company that values improvisation and movement exploration, comprised of six highly-trained professional dancers. The company presents two concerts locally each year in addition to serving as guest performers across the country. Aside from presenting compelling dance productions, PE also offers seminars, workshops, master classes, intensives, residencies, open rehearsals, pre/post performance discussions and a growing list of community outreach programs.

By bringing dance to Ann Arbor and the greater Metro-Detroit area through performance and education, Pure Existence has repeatedly found unique ways to increase accessibility to the art of dance and employ dance artists. As part of our mission, PE is committed to providing opportunities for trained dance artists through paid positions as well as performance and training opportunities for both the experienced and novice dance artist. Additionally, PE aims to help the community connect with dance through workshops and performances. Pure Existence proudly supports and mentors X2, a pre-professional youth dance company comprised of talented artists in the Southeast Michigan area.

Pure Existence employs two Artistic Directors and contracts a small group of professional dancers. PE is assisted and operated by a volunteer Board of Directors and a growing Advisory Board. PE is a nonprofit 501c3 organization.


Paralled Dissonance – About the Show

Created, directed, and choreographed by Jodie Randolph, Paralleled Dissonance is an evening-length work developed in collaboration with Pure Existence dancers and original score by Andrew Harness. The work explores the undeniable tensions in our world through the subject of interpersonal conflict. Innate opposition becomes the source of investigation, offering a deep reflection of the polarity within ourselves. Our complicated need for human connection is countered by the wars that ensue between nations, between people, and ultimately within. A contrast between the individual versus the collective questions the boundary between self and other.

Question & Answer session immediately following performance!

March 16, 2018 at 7:30
2|42 Community Church
648 S Wagner Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48103