From April 3rd to 5th, 2020, BodyMeld will host Jeaning Durning, an Alpert Award winning choreographer, for two workshops in Philadelphia. The first workshop intensive is called “What we do when we do the thing we do before we know what we are doing: Approaches to Creative Practice, Performance and Choreography” and will take place on April 3rd and 4th from 10am – 5pm and April 5th from 10am – 1pm at The Fidget Space, 1714 N Mascher St, Philadelphia, PA 19122. This workshop intensive is open to professional level dance artists and is limited to 10 participants. The cost of the workshop is $75-$175 sliding scale and selection will be made through an application process. Application can be found here: https://forms.gle/vaRuucVFpbJFhdTA6
The second workshop is an abbreviated version of the intensive and will take place on April 5th from 2.30pm – 4.30pm at Pig Iron School, 1417 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19122. This workshop is open to anyone interested in movement improvisation and composition and is capped at 30 participants. The cost of this workshop is $10 – $25 sliding scale. To reserve a spot pay through PayPal (paypal.me/pools/c/8n7OucnKHU) or Venmo @zstoy.
Both workshops use multiple strategies (including moving, writing, drawing, scoring, directing, watching, showing, sharing, listening, and discussing) and focus on “the interest and insistence on what cannot be predetermined, and a willingness to think/move/imagine in unanticipated directions. Both workshops are sponsored by Penn Treaty Special Services District.
Durning has received numerous awards and residencies in support of her work, including two New York Foundation for the Arts award and the Alpert Award for Choreography. She was nominated for the US Artist Fellowship and an Anonymous was a Woman grant. Between 2014 and 2016, she was a Movement Research Artist in Residence, a Gibney Dance Dance in Process Resident, and a recipient of a space grant through Brooklyn Arts Exchange, all in support of her practice non stopping.
Durning has a dedicated teaching practice and has been faculty at SNDO/Amsterdam and HZT/Berlin on and off since 2009. She has been guest faculty at New School/Lang College and teaches often through Movement Research in NYC, as well as acted as “outside eye” to many choreographers’ works. She has been commissioned to create original work and since 2002 has created over fifteen works for companies, performers, and institutions across the US and in Europe.
She is often invited to act as ‘outside eye’ to many choreographers’ works. As a performer, Jeanine has had the privilege over the years to collaborate with many choreographers of diverse creative concerns and priorities including Susan Rethorst, David Dorfman, Lance Gries, Chris Yon, Zvi Gotheiner, Martha Clarke, Richard Siegal, and Bebe Miller.
These programs have been made possible by BodyMeld. BodyMeld‘s mission is to support Zornitsa performance and visual art as well as create programs that further conversation and collaboration in the local and global dance performance field. We care about a sustainable dance community and strive to connect with and serve other independent dance/performance makers locally and internationally. We value the exchange of ideas and sharing of methodologies. We care about rigorous research and experimentation in the field of dance both in performance and organizationally. We strive to create a community curious and excited about blending of genres in performance, experimentalism and, surviving and thriving in hard political climates.We hope that through mutual effort we can elevate each other and further the research and expressions of dance. Through our programs we also hope to popularize experimental/new dance by making it more accessible and understandable to audiences. We actively seek collaboration with organizations for artistic exchange. We have previously worked with Movement Research, Philadelphia Dance Projects, Arts Station Foundation in Poland, fidget Space, Mascher Space, Pew Center for the Arts and Heritage (previously known as Dance Advance) and Fringe Arts (previously known as Live Arts Festival).
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