From Dance Magazine's "Top 25 To Watch" 2013
Jonathan Royse Windham
In the middle of Andrea Miller’s Sit, Kneel, Stand, Jonathan Royse Windham scuttles chairs around the stage, trying to create stable perches for himself and his fellow dancers, all the while being thwarted by his castmates’ oblivious wanderings. In his effort, his elfin face is a palette of emotion, oscillating between agony and jubilation, while strange, raw sounds leap from his twitching mouth. His sinewy limbs contort, jut, pop, and arch in spastic rhythms, pushing and prancing in almost alien-like shapes, creating a hypercolor cartoon. His happy determination is both heartbreaking and inspiring, and his ability to mix idealistic hope and basic human strife through movement is entrancing.
The 26-year-old Vail, CO, native’s understanding of this type of theatricality was honed in musical theater and jazz class. He began studying at the Vail Valley Academy of Dance at 14, and focused on ballet at SUNY Purchase. He danced with American Repertory Ballet and DASH Ensemble before joining Gallim Dance.
Windham relishes working with the edgy, provocative troupe. “It has changed my dancing,” he says. “There’s a lot of freedom, which is empowering. I’ve grown as an artist and learned to experiment with what my body can do, what can be new and what can work, how to make smart choices, and how to turn a bad choice into a brilliant one.”
He’ll be using this knowledge in Gallim’s program at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in the spring, as well as in his own work, recently shown at Dixon Place and the Current Sessions. —Lauren Kay
Photo by Lois Greenfield
Link to the online version of the article: http://www.dancemagazine.com/issues/January-2013/2013-25-to-watch
"An airborne Jonathan Windham... with arms like tentacles, ingeniously turns lip-syncing into choreography."
-New York Post Review of "Wonderland" in 2010
Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/theater/women_movement_QGc1awYDp0J9J5LunZhcgO#ixzz1h71Cu4NY
Fall For Dance Advertisements 2010
"Also, Jonathan Royse Windham is a fantastic dancer.
His Oh! Darlin’, a quick romp set to the Beatles that traces
a guy’s relationship with his teddy bear over the course of
a lifetime, was cute and definitely earned its laughs, but
mostly I was just impressed with Windham himself, who
demonstrates amazing power and grace as a dancer from
the opening, a silhouette of him posed in an extension.
It doesn’t surprise me to learn (or actually, be reminded
I think I’ve seen him before in her work) he’s a dancer
with Andrea Miller’s Gallim."
- Jeremy M Barker of Culture Bot
Vail Valley Magazine Winter Issue 2011
"[Francesca] Romo and Jonathan Royse Windham rocked the house in their athletic
duet. Jammed full of zany movement invention..." "never once
fell into the generic quirky zone."
— NANCY WOZNY of Arts and Culture Magazine Houston
"The second thing I noticed was that her dancers were really great actors
as well. Not only did they find passion in the piece, they found and
embraced humor as well. [Jonathan Royse Windham] was a standout. His
impeccable timing could go head to head with some of the better improv
comedians in the city. "
- Trisha Vignola of Broadwayworld.com
"...a cartoon buffoon."
Margaret Fuhrer of the Huffington Post
"extraordinary to watch, handsome and dashing he possess great timing that is just enough and never too much"
- Darrell Wood
"Most notable was a male duo with mind-blowing technique and artistry."
Review of "The Portraits of the Me I never knew I was" Choreographed by Nathan Madden featuring Reed Luplau and Jonathan Royse Windham.