Alumnae/i Profile

Pauline Jennings, MFA

JenningsPauline Jennings is the co-Artistic Director of DOUBLE VISION, a company that creates experimental performances for dance, music, and video that embody the changing landscape of contemporary culture. Jennings' choreography for stage and interactive installations evokes abstract dreamscapes rich in complex shapes, relationship and points of meditation. Pauline's choreography has been performed in festivals and showcases nationwide, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Merce Cunningham Studio, ODC Theater, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Wave Rising Series, and the Macworld Artist Salons. Internationally, her work has been shown by venues including the Museumsquartier Wien (Vienna), Institut Intermédií (Prague), Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture (Greece), ProART International Choreography Platform (Brno), Florian Workshop (Budapest), and Primo Piano LivinGallery (Lecce). Most recently, Pauline presented an artist talk on interactive structures in dance at ISEA2012 (International Symposium on Electronic Arts) in Albuquerque, NM and had both a paper and abstract published in the symposium's proceedings. Pauline was a 2008–2009 Visiting Artist for the Mills College Dance Department's Repertory Dance Company and has also lectured and taught master classes at the University of Applied Arts (Vienna), CST Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology (Zurich), University of California at Berkeley, Arizona State University, Amherst College, University of Maine, College of Santa Fe, and University of New Mexico. Jennings graduated with an MFA in Dance Choreography and Performance from Mills College in 2004.

What about your Mills experience have you continued to benefit from since graduating?

Realizing that I needed to be an art-maker, and more importantly, a choreographer was definitely the greatest benefit of attending Mills. When I first entered the MFA program, I was doing so in order to have a stronger dance teaching resume for higher education. Within the first semester at Mills, I realized that while I enjoyed teaching, my passion lied in the pursuit of discovering something new daily through art-making. Having time, encouragement, criticism, theory, practice and strong colleagues at Mills helped me to discover my personal aesthetic, establish the foundations for a movement style, and build my own vision of dance for the future.

How has dance helped shape your current work or passions?

I continue to attempt to push the boundaries of dance, the definition of a dancer and the role of the audience daily as the Co-Artistic Director of the intermedia performance company DOUBLE VISION.

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Last Updated: 3/15/18