Dance Performance: Jennifer Polins, artist-in-residence
Monday November 9, 11 am
Multipurpose Gym, O’Keefe Complex
225 Canal Street
Jennifer Polins’ interdisciplinary approach results in the creation of performance installations that combine the mediums of video, dance, sculpture, and humor. Her work is often interactive, inviting the audience into the event as an active participant. Jen’s latest work, WASTING TIME WITH THE OBVIOUS presents an installation of simultaneous improvised solos sourced from themes of space, perspective and presence. Each performer has a sound score created by Polins, playing softly out of an iPod, pulling the audience close to hear the sound and watch the dance. CHAPTER 45 works with complexity and transparency, layering spoken word, audience participation, improvised scores and dynamic choreography with a cast of 20 to a sound score by Michael Wall. A SENSIBLE THING is a quirky, exhausting and intricate solo performed by Polins that is set to the rich music of Robert Schumann, directed by Peter Schmitz.
Jennifer Polins is a movement practitioner and performance maker, bridging somatics -performance practices – and contemporary dance techniques for over 15 years. Jen is the director of The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought co-founder of Wire Monkey Dance. She holds an MFA in dance from Hollins University/The American Dance Festival and is a 2014 Mass Cultural Council choreographic fellow. Her work has been seen across America, Europe and Asia. Jen lives part time in Berlin, Germany where she teaches, curates and collaborates with Stephanie Maher and many vibrant performance artists at the Ponderosa TanzLand Festival.