Precious Jennings



















I am adjunct faculty at Columbia College Chicago in the Theater and Dance Department and a certified Lucid Body teacher.  I have collaborated and performed with The Humans, Jane Jerardi, Chicago Moving Company, Ayako Kato, Amelia Charter, Adam Kerbel, Khecari and others. My performance and teaching practices include improvisation, somatic research, dance and theater. My new work is textile-based named “Align the Fibers” devising from the art of spinning, wool and fiber, natural dye processes to create sustainability as a physical performance practice. "Align the Fibers of Self” is an improvised solo-project of my own devised history. “Align the Fibers of Collaboration” is currently working remotely, utilizing technology for dance and improvisation with musicians. The project will culminate with a live-mixed performance broadcast online from different locations around the world.








I am adjunct faculty at Columbia College Chicago in the Theater and Dance Department and a certified Lucid Body teacher.  I have collaborated and performed with The Humans, Jane Jerardi, Chicago Moving Company, Ayako Kato, Amelia Charter, Adam Kerbel, Khecari and others. My performance and teaching practices include improvisation, somatic research, dance and theater. My new work is textile-based named “Align the Fibers” devising from the art of spinning, wool and fiber, natural dye processes to create sustainability as a physical performance practice. "Align the Fibers of Self” is an improvised solo-project of my own devised history. “Align the Fibers of Collaboration” is currently working remotely, utilizing technology for dance and improvisation with musicians. The project will culminate with a live-mixed performance broadcast online from different locations around the world.














Education/Certification


Lucid Body Teacher Training
New York City, New York
Certified Lucid Body Teacher
2017-2019

Irene Dowd
New York City, New York
Certified to teach “Volutes”, “Spirals”, “Connecting the Arms to the Heart” and“Resonance and Helix”
2012-2016

Moksha Yoga Teacher Training
Chicago, Illinois
Certified Yoga Teacher
2005

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
Chicago, Illinois

Certified Massage and Bodywork Practitioner
2003-2004


Employment


Columbia CollegeChicago, Theater Department
Chicago, Illinois
Teacher
2007-Present

Mindful Practices, LLC
Chicago, Illinois
Teacher, Curriculum Development, Administrator
2009-Present

Selected Solo and Collaborative Works


“Aligning the Fibers of Self”
Interdisciplinary Textile and Devised research and performance
Chicago, Illinois
2019-Present

“St. Home”
Home Performance
Solo, Dance Film
Chicago, Illinois
2019
Hunter’s Moon Dance Happening
Residency and research
Solo performance with
Wilson Tanner Smith
ModFarm at Tryon Farm,
Michigan City, Indiana
2019

J E L L O Performance Series
solo movement improvisation with musical collaboration by Wilson Tanner Smith and Julian Otis, Chicago Elastic Arts,
Chicago, IL
2019

Dance-scape at the Ragdale Ring collaboration with Kristina Isabelle Dance, Ragdale Foundation,
Chicago, Illinois
2018


Land Mass: Northpark
collaboration with Kristina Isabelle Dance site specific solo and group performance Northpark Village Nature Center, Chicago, Illinois

2018
“The Eyes”
collaboration with drummer Raul Cotaquispe OuterSpace & Hamlin Park Theater, Chicago, Illinois
2017

“Building”
Evening-length inter-disciplinary work with Amelia Charter and Adam Kerbel Links Hall, Chicago, Illinois
2017

“Lessons in Human Development as captured in Whales and Horses” 
Culminating Residency performance, Links Hall,
Chicago, Ilinois
2016

“Re: Search in Performance” Precious Jennings with Hamid Drake, Tim Young
Link’s Hall, Chicago, Illinois
2015

“Bennink, Oliver, Moore and Hosinger, Kato, Jennings and Marasa”
Constellation Chicago
Chicago, IL
2015
“The Holding” Collaboration, Amelia Charter and Adam Kerbel Links Hall,
Chicago, Illinois

2015
“3on3”
Improvisation with musicians, dancers and visual artists
Constellation, Chicago, Illinois
2015

“Writing on it All”
Collaboration, K.J. Holmes and guests, Governor’s Island,
New York City, NY

2015


The Lighthouse Project: The Fourth Series”
Site-specific Collaboration - Helen Lee/Momentum Sensorium

Ludington Breakwater Lighthouse, Ludington, Michigan
2015

“Conditions”
collaboration Amelia Charter and Adam Kerbel, Links Hall,
Chicago, Illinois
2014

“Whale”
Solo Improvisation
The Attic, Chicago, Illinois
2013


Teaching Experience


Columbia College Chicago, Theater Department
Chicago, Illinois
Teacher Courses taught: Body Movement for the Actor

Theater Foundations Course 1 & 2 Yoga Fundamentals
2007-Present

Mindful Practices, LLC
Chicago, Illinois

Teacher, Curriculum Development, Administrator Taught: After-school and In-school preK-12 grades yoga and mindfulness and Professional Development to faculty and staff, Mentor and train new hires
2009- Present

The Second City Chicago, Illinois
Teacher
Body Movement for the Actor
2013-2016

The Humans
Chicago, Illinois
Rehearsal Director, Collaborator, performer
2005-Present

Chicago Moving Company
Hamlin Park Park District, Chicago, Illinois Yoga Teacher
2011-2018

Nature Yoga Studio
Yoga Teacher
Chicago, Illinois

2012-2014

Professional Development and Workshops

“ A Movings View”
Earthdance,
Planinfield Massacusetts

2018

“Begin”
Earthdance,
Plainfield, Massachusetts
2017

“States of Grace”
Chicago, Illinois

2017

“Acrobat of the Heart”
Earthdance,
Plainfield Massachusetts

2016

“Dance Improvisation and Perfomance Intensive” Earthdance,
Plainfield, Massachusetts

2015

OPEN sessions
AuBrana Cultural Centre,
Lectoure, France

2014

Combining Disciplines for Performance
Bearnstow,
Mt. Vernon Maine
2013-2018

The Science and Art of Intelligent Practice
Tejas Yoga,
Chicago, Illinois

2012

Liz Lerman Critical Response Workshop
Chicago, Illinois

2012
Bartinieff Fundamentals Workshop
Chicago, Illinois

2011
The Muscle of the Soul : Voice and Artist
Chicago, Illinois
2008

Interests

-Cycling across the state of Iowa on R.A.G.B.R.A.I.
-Knitting and Spinning fiber, usable crafting and making.
-Travel as means of meditation and connection to nature of self
-Sustainable artistic practice as means of survival to create work and pleasure.
-Ongoing research of somatics of everyday living, cooking and Ayurveda.
-Enjoying live music, and learning to sing and play it myself.

Teaching Philosophy

I began teaching at Columbia College Chicago Theater Department under the mentorship of Nana Shineflug in 2007. I teach the 7-center in body energy system, also known as the chakra system. Nana  taught (as well as my yoga training) these centers through modern dance and the physics of moving in relation to gravity. Physically the centers are a set of nerve plexus that correlate to the nervous system and send signals to the mind and body to function and survive. The practices of Contact Improvisation and BMC® are the modalities I practice along with ancient practices of self-study (yoga and meditation/mindfulness. These practices are the foundations I use to lead students on their own journey of discovery. I offer tools to enter into ensemble based practices which build to the work of Lucid Body, created by Fay Simpson, is a physical acting technique which utilizes the mind-body connection to effectively connect self and character.

The curriculum I teach includes process-based anatomy and physiology, somatic imagery, vocal exploration, patterns of human development relating to space and sensation; which leads to objective, tactic and obstacle work of acting.  Developmental movement patterning is important for actors to learn, as each individual inhabits and expresses based on their own innate pattern.  For example, if crawling, cross lateral movement or rolling is unfamiliar this may impede certain function in physical gesture, or action choice available to an actor in a scene.  I also utilize Grotowski’s “Cat” and “Corporels” in support of somatic work to allow deeper understanding of movement and respect to an individual’s range of experience.

Lucid Body continues to build on this knowledge utilizing the chakra system.  Lucid Body teaches tools to assess and be in relationship to persona and shadow. Simply, the persona is how someone is seen and expresses as in their everyday life, shadow is the unknown or unexpressed parts of self.  In Lucid Body, we begin with getting to know our survival body (persona) and learn to widen the play between the sympathetic (fight, flight) and parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous systems. Understanding how the two systems activate, rest and recover from taking on a character’s given circumstances, physicality and energetic body and come back to one’s own neutral body (a sense that one can move in any direction), let go of the mask of the persona and be authentic expressing differently and authentically from another “center”.  Actors may have a hard time playing an opposite character or know how to recover from playing a character with an opposite persona authentically. The actor has their own authentic experience, perception, values, morals and movement patterning, this is called one’s survival body or persona. Assessing one’s own physicality and personality we begin to understand how the imagination may affect the actor and how to comeback to oneself after playing the opposite, in some cases  for weeks months or years. Our body’s hold our experience, real and imagined, in the tissues and in the nervous system, learning to come back to center, back to our own lives, not our characters circumstances.

My early physical training in classical ballet, tap and jazz set the groundwork for my physical practice. In 2002 I attended Bates Dance Festival and began my journey of experimental performance, somatics and bodywork. In 2003 I began school for bodywork and massage which I studied Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Five Element Theory; how the elements physically manifest and express mind, body, spirit and personality. My rigorous dance technique and study of TCM, yoga and Qi-gong inform my teaching practice to incorporate voice (seed sounds and vibration) to begin ensemble work…singular voices together creating ensemble through vibration of matter, the first pattern in development. My curriculum combines my study, training, and on-going practices to form an inter-disciplinary performance study.  First and foremost, I teach to those in front of me, with respect, consent and gratitude to be in the classroom.




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