VDA Artist Profile #27
Pauline Jennings is a contemporary choreographer compelled to create works for stage, video and interactive installation that attempt to viscerally capture the excitement, confusion and fear accompanying our rapidly changing society. In her often collaborative work, it is important that both the performers and audience partake in a journey together – neither party quite knowing all of the details at the start of a performance, but discovering them together along the way. Developing emergent forms, responsive systems, and modes of audience interactivity has enabled her to choreograph in this manner. Emergent work further demonstrates and attempts to viscerally capture the excitement, confusion and fear that accompany our rapidly changing society. Through her work, Pauline hopes that viewers will have an opportunity to reflect upon and take a more active role in determining their own evolution.
Pauline currently co-choreographs duets with Joshua Lacourse. Together, they create works that are rooted in joy and fueled by a desire to unite individuals. They are currently developing a new duet, Two Chairs. Jennings’ prior choreographic works have been presented in festivals and showcases internationally, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Merce Cunningham Studio, EMPAC, Museumsquartier Wien, Hamiltonian Gallery (Washington, DC), Lake Studios (Berlin), Institut Intermédií (Prague), Eastern Bloc (Montreal), Primo Piano LivinGallery (Lecce), and Museum of Contemporary Art and Planning Exhibition (Shenzhen). Jennings currently teaches dance at Saint Michael’s College and has lectured and taught at New York University – Shanghai, the University of Applied Arts (Vienna), University of California at Berkeley, Arizona State University, Amherst College, Dartmouth College, and College of Santa Fe. Jennings holds an MFA from Mills College.