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After first visiting the Maggie Alleseee National Center for Choreography in 2008 as a performer in Deborah Hay’s work, If I Sing to You, Jeanine Durning returns to MANCC for her third of three residencies to continue development of her solo,dark matter, selfish portrait. The work uses movement, language, sound, and situations to practice and interrogate subjectivity as a variable state and a paradoxical act of de-creation and unselfing. Following a residency in Bulgaria in October 2018, Durning looks forward to continuing her investigation into how engaging in this particular process in various spaces informs and shifts the work.
During her first MANCC residency in January 2018, Durning met with FSU’s Dr. Stanley Gontarski, Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English, whose research interests include European Modernism and performance theory, and who has published several books on the work of Samuel Beckett. Gontarski discussed Beckett’s oeuvre with Durning to further inform her embodied research on “the self” in both performance and society. She also discussed the theory of dark matter with astrophysicist Dr. Jeremiah Murphy. Durning further explored her ideas with School of Dance students in Dr. Jen Atkins’ graduate level MANCC Experience course and Dr. Hannah Schwadron’s Contemporary Perspectives on Dance class.
This multi-residency support is made possible through The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which allows artists to more thoroughly research their ideas in multiple phases.