Jenny Larsson was born on the slopes of a small mountain village in northern Sweden and spent her youth enjoying outdoor activities such as skiing, reveling in the thrill of speed and movement which she was later to enjoy as a dancer.
After graduating from the University of Dance and Circus in Stockholm, life and dance has taken her through Spain, Thailand and New York, before coming to south Florida in 2007. In 2012 she completed her Master’s program in dance (MFA) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is currently on the faculty at the Performing and Visual Arts Department of Broward Collage.
Jenny has received an Emerging Choreographer Award in 2011, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Chancellors and Regents Award for outstanding achievement in 2012 and the Creative Investments Program Grant from Broward County Cultural Division in 2013, 2014 and 2015. She’s been commissioned by Miami Light Project, Girls’ Club and Grass Stains to produce new work for 2016, along with becoming an AIRIE Resident during the month of January, 2017.
Maria Theresa Barbist and Elysa D. Batista are both locally based South Florida artists that collaborate as the BABA COLLECTIVE. They originally met at the Bakehouse Art Complex in Wynwood, FL during their individual artist residencies in 2016.
The idea of the BABA COLLECTIVE was born when in discussion of the diversity of artists that were found at the BAC, and other institutions in Miami, they realized the lack of archives providing the ability to access interviews of these individuals. Thus RCS: ROCKING CHAIRS SESSIONS was created. A publicly accessible forum where one could find individual recordings describing the professions, media, and life of South Florida based creatives.
Launching their collaborative endeavor in 2017, the BABA COLLECTIVE seeks to amass a window into the lives and process of SoFla based professionals in the arts.