Jeanine Durning’s career spans 25 years in the practice of dance, performance and choreography. Her work has been described by The New Yorker as having both “the potential for philosophical revelation and theatrical disaster.” Jeanine’s research concerns the interrogation of the dancing body as a mobilizing force that has the potential to shift perception of self, other and the spaces we (collectively) inhabit. Her choreography imagines a way for thinking and feeling to come into form and action, often revealing how our basic need for connection and communication aligns or misaligns with our desires.
Jeanine’s ongoing practice, nonstopping, has been the foundation for her teaching and choreographic praxis since 2010 and acts as a philosophical outlook on dailiness. She’s performed her “signature” solo inging (based on her nonstop speaking practice) more than 50 times across the US, in Europe and Canada. She has had the privilege to collaborate with many choreographers, including Deborah Hay since 2005, working as performer, consultant, choreographic assistant, and coach.
Jeanine has been invited to share some of her practices all over the world through teaching, mentoring/advising, and creating choreographies. Her most recent collaboration was with Candoco Dance Company creating Last Shelter which premiered at Sadler’s Wells/London in October 2021, and is currently working on a book project in collaboration with Jenn Joy and MANCC based on Jeanine’s practice, nonstopping, due out in January 2023. A native New Yorker, Jeanine has been working in Stockholm the last few years as one of the rehearsal directors for Cullberg.