Artist Profile: Jenni Van Tassel

As we continue with our artist profiles for the Temple of Poi 2009 Fire Dancing Expo & 7 Year Anniversary, we spotlight returning performer Jenni Van Tassel who will be performing with her partner Mike ICoN as Cirque d’Optique.

Jenni Van Tassel has been a classical dancer and musician since the age of 4 and a performance artist since the age of 10. A New York City native, Jenni has performed and choreographed with numerous dance and theatre companies, and drum corp.

After moving to Philadelphia in 2006, Jenni discovered the Philadelphia Experiment burner community and Philadelphia Fire Arts, where she performed in the 2008 Philadelphia Burningman conclave and will be performing and co-choreogaphing the 2009 Philadelphia conclave; merging together her passion for dance and theatre with a passion for fire and object manipulation.

Jenni now performs with the newly created Cirque d’Optique as well as other performance troupes throughout the east coast. From this pointe, she has evolved into an eclectic performer, pushing the boundaries of both mind and body through a birage of elements, captivating a plethora of audiences, and bringing a certain and very necessary, mystique to the stage.