Jenny Hill is a choreographer living in London
Her choreographic practice is much about the interplay of choreography and the practice of improvisation, how they work together in terms of making material, crafting and performance.
For 5 years she was part of the Stranger than Fiction collective based in London curating monthly improvisation events where artists in the field of dance, music, theatre and film with a strong improvisatory element to the making of their work were invited to perform. These events were first held in Islington, and later for 2 years in partnership with Independent Dance at the Siobhan Davies studios.
Jenny trained in dance at the Laban Centre, and De Montfort University, and later at the University of Roehampton. Having completed an M(res) at Roehampton University, Jenny has distilled ways of working, which includes her practice of the Feldenkrais Method to source movement from the body that is body refined and articulate. She holds a PGCE in dance from Exeter University and taught GCSE and A level dance in schools and colleges for 5 years.
She completed the 4 year practitioner training in the Feldenkrais method and currently practices in London. Based on her own personal experience she is interested in the beneficial impact of the Feldenkrais method for dancers both in terms of technique, injury prevention, reduction of stress, and the heightening of attention and awareness in movement.
About Jenny, things that seem important to me!
A memory as a child watching physical theatre in the street, it left a mark
training in contemporary dance at the Laban Centre and De Montfort University
defining interests, influences and ways of working over 20 years
synthesising and always questioning my practice of improvisation and how it relates to choreographing
working alone in a studio in remote places
establishing an outside movement practice at a particular moment in my life in New Zealand
learning to trust the process!
collaborating with other artists
questioning who I am and why I’m here
studying martial arts and the Feldenkrais method as another ‘way in’ to the body
training in Japanese Butoh, a feeling sensibility
completing an M(Res) at the University of Roehampton
working with Rosemary Butcher in the Critical Pathways format, and appreciating her ability to ask vital questions of artists
the mind/body/feeling connection
how we communicate
the unheard voice