I am a British choreographer, performer and writer working nomadically between formats and places.
My work is usually for non-theatre contexts and foregrounds ideas about relationship, agency and attention, exploring embodied interactivity and game-playing.
You can find information about all the projects here but please get in touch if you’d like more information or see calendar for upcoming shows, classes and more.
Image: screensaver in rehearsal, pavleheidler/ Janine Harrington
In recent years I have been commissioned by Brighton Festival, South East Dance, AIR Studio/ Islington Borough Council, Siobhan Davies Dance, Big Dance, The Hepworth Wakefield and Gi20.
Between February and March 2016 I was in residence at Villa Empain, Brussels where in June I presented Satelliser: a dance for the gallery in the context of Répétition, curated by Asad Raza and Nicola Lees. In September 2016 I was artist in residence at Brandwatch as part of Brighton Digital Festival and through partnership with South East Dance. In January 2017 I showed screensaver (gallery version) at Villa Empain in the context of Décor, curated by Asad Raza, Dorothea Von Hantelmann & Tino Sehgal. In 2011-12 I received a fellowship from BBC Performing Arts Fund to develop my work with Independent Dance in London, and in 2009 the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund supported the development of my first work, The Performing Book, with an encouragement award.
I have recently completed two choreographic commissions to showcase artists' jewellery pieces (Maison Boghossian at NOMAD Monaco and Alexander Calder with Louisa Guinness Gallery at Natural History Museum London).
As a performer between 2012 and 2016 I worked mainly with Tino Sehgal, most recently at Fondation Beyeler in Basel (July 2017) dancing the solo Instead of allowing some thing to rise up to your face dancing bruce and dan and other things 2000
I am currently working with Ingvild Isaksen on Arkivet r&d, as outside-eye with Thomas Dupal (Song of Selfie), Christopher Matthews (Untitled Video Portraits, Lads and #lads) and Kimberley Harvey (Inky Matter).
Please keep scrolling for more information on the avenues of my work.
Image: Christopher Matthews
As a performer I have worked mainly with Tino Sehgal and have interpreted the following works:
These Associations (2012) Tate Modern turbine hall, July-Oct 2012 and Palais de Tokyo Oct-Dec 2016.
Yet Untitled (2013) Venice Biennale, May-Nov 2013; Kremms am Donnau, Austria, April 2013; The Stedelijjk Museum Amsterdam June-July 2015; KIASMA Helsinki September 2015; Leopold Museum Vienna, 2016; Palais de Tokyo Oct-Dec 2016.
Instead of allowing some thing to rise up to your face dancing dan and bruce and other things (2000) Leopold Museum Vienna, July-Aug 2016; Palais de Tokyo Oct-Dec 2016 and Fondation Beyeler Basel June-July 2017.
Video: Stedelijk Crew Report: Superfan van Tino Sehgal / Tino Sehgal's "superfan" talking about her experience of visiting us interpreting Yet Untitled. Jes visited us nearly every day and I place this video here in lieu of documentation.
I create bespoke works and interventions for specific situations and briefs, drawing together a team of international collaborators. I have recently completed projects for Louisa Guinness Gallery with the jewellery of Alexander Calder at an event at the Natural History Museum London (October 2016) and with Maison Boghossian for NOMAD Monaco (April 2017).
Left image: Tom Carter
Dancers: Iris Chan, Charlie Ashwell, Elisa Vassena, Robert Malmborg, James Morgan & Janine Harrington.
Right image: NOMAD, Monaco
Performers: Elodie Escarmelle, Fleur Khani & Janine Harrington
Alongside my work I help other artists with their projects in and out of the studio. This can mean:
-being an outside-eye
-project development and management
-support in developing educational content
-grant-writing (specifically Arts Council England Grants for the Arts- under 15K).
I am currently supporting 4 very different UK-based artists. Send me a message to know more.
Image: Janine for Shannon Stewart | Screaming Traps