Date(s) - Saturday, October 5, 2019
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
SAT OCT 5
25 Main St Northampton, 4th floor above Fitzwillys
Movement – Jeanine Durning
Words – Miles A.M. Collins-Sibley
Sound – Liz Tonne
Jeanine Durning is a choreographer, performer, and teacher from New York, creating solo and group works since 1998. Her research is grounded in choreography as ontological inquiry – exploring questions of who we are, the nature of perception and relation, and the slippery terrain of invented narratives of self and other.
Durning’s current research deals with a practice she calls nonstopping which she began to develop in 2009 and which has manifested as a solo performance practice of nonstop speaking called inging (2010) and a group performance practice of nonstop moving called To Being (2015). To Being will premiere in NYC September 2015 along with a remount of inging. inging has been presented in Amsterdam, Berlin, Leuven/BE, Zagreb, Toronto, and across the US in Pennsylvania, Minnesota, NYC, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin, with upcoming performances in San Francisco.
Durning has received numerous awards and residencies in support of her work, including a New York Foundation for the Arts award and the Alpert Award for Choreography. She was recently nominated for the US Artist Fellowship. Within the past two years, 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 of nonstop moving.
Durning has a dedicated teaching practice and has been faculty at SNDO/Amsterdam and HZT/Berlin on and off since 2009. She was current 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. Since 2005, Durning has worked on and off with choreographer Deborah Hay in the capacities of performer, choreographic assistant and most recently, from 2011-2013, as consultant to the Motion Bank, conceived by William Forsythe, on Ms. Hay’s choreographic and scoring practices.
Miles Collins-Sibley is Poetry Editor for Cosmonauts Avenue and 2017-2019 co-host for the jubilat / Jones Reading Series. They graduated from Smith College with a degree in Africana Studies and is currently a MFA candidate at UMass Amherst’s program for Poets & Writers. They write poems in their black, queer, disabled voice and all of their poems are political. Especially after white boys read them. Their poems are forthcoming in Split Lip Press and can be found in the Sucarnochee Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, and Poetry.org.
Liz Tonne’s work explores the imaginative edge of voice as an instrument. Her performances sew together abstracted song with the conjured memory of everyday sounds using an array of both traditional and extended vocal techniques.
Tonne was a Boston based improvisor throughout the 1990’s and early 2000’s and in numerous groups that helped define Boston’s electro-acoustic aesthetic. As a member of the pioneering ensemble, undr quartet, she contributed to the presentation of a new wave of sonic minimalism referred to as lowercase music.. Tonne was contiguously a member of The BSC, a group of eight electro-acoustic musicians who translated a mature and orchestral form of improvised music under the curatorship of Bhob Rainey. The BSC’s rehearsal process often explored the work of 20th century composers resulting in the group’s inclusion in the festival Cage: Beyond Silence, celebrating the composer’s 100th birthday with selections from Songbooks at The Philadelphia Museum of Art.
In recent years, she has participated in a diverse bunch of projects: a collaboration with artists Jeff Gibbons and Gregory Ruppe on their installation, Grubnik + Suzanne, exhibited at the Nasher Sculpture Center during the 2018 Soluna Festival, toured with the Venezuelan-American group Monte Espina, performed her solo piece Louder than an Angry Ocean at the Words/Matter Exhibition at the University of Texas’ Blanton Museum of Art and continued work on the project Starting with Language with long-time colleague, Vic Rawlings.