Vermont
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Laurel Jenkins

Laurel Jenkins’ choreography emerges from rigorous experimentation and interdisciplinary dialogues in the realms of contemporary dance, opera, music and theater. She engages with the choreographic process as a radical space for reimagining our collective human experience. Her work has been presented by Lincoln Center, Disney Hall, REDCAT, Automata, the Getty Center, Show Box LA, Danspace, Berlin’s Performing Presence Festival, and Tokyo’s Sezane Gallery. She recently choreographed Bernstein’s MASS with the LA Phil and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. In addition, she has choreographed for LA Contemporary Dance Company, The Wooden Floor, California State University, Long Beach, University of Vermont, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Jenkins was a member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company from 2007-2012, and developed original roles in Brown’s final works. Jenkins also danced in New York with Vicky Shick and Sara Rudner. She performed the role of Ismene in Peter Sellars’ staging of Oedipus Rex conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. Last spring, she performed solos by Merce Cunningham in Los Angeles as a part of the Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event. Jenkins is the recipient of a Vermont Arts Council Grant, an Asian Cultural Council Grant, holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence, and an MFA from UCLA. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Middlebury College in Vermont.

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Directed by Peter Sellars, Laurel Jenkins as Ismene
B A S E ( a durational rule game ) by Laurel Jenkins
Choreographed and Performed by Chey Chankethya and Laurel Jenkins, Original Music by Miguel Frasconi, Produced by RedCat's NOW Festival 2016
Choreographed and performed by: Laurel Jenkins, Photographed and directed by: Taso Papadakis

I Have Worked With

  • January 2020

    Jenkins premiered 'Party Lines' an intergenerational dance at the Dancing Uphill UVM show in Burltington, VT in January, 2019.

  • January 2020

    Jenkins presented a new solo made in collaboration with Vicky Shick at Middlebury College in January, 2020.

  • January 2020

    Laurel danced in Elena's Welter at Middlebury College in VT in Jan. 2020 and at Here Arts Center in NYC in Feb. 2020.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Laurel
Job Title/Position: 
Independent Choreographer, Assistant Professor of Dance at Middlebury College
Physical Address: 
Middlebury, VT 05753
Last Name: 
Jenkins

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Media - Video
Multi-Disciplinary
Music - Opera
Theater - General
Theater - Puppet
Year Founded: 
2007
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
General Public
LGBTQ Populations
Nonprofits
Teens
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Performance / Concert / Reading
Residency - Production / Development
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
10
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Middlebury College
Vermont Dance Alliance
Trisha Brown Dance Company Alumna
Education: 
M.F.A. World Arts and Cultures/Dance, University of Los Angeles, 2015
B.A. Dance Concentration, Sarah Lawrence College, 2001
Awards: 
Pew Center for Arts and Heritage granted Lenny Seidman and collaborators, Laurel Jenkins and Joe Small, for the development of ARC, Philadelphia, PA, 2018
Asian Cultural Council Grant, 2016
Vermont Arts Council Grant, 2018

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing
Accessibility depends on the venue and type of performance or service.

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Technical assistant
TBD depending on specific work
Fee Range Minimum: 
$100
Fee Range Maximum: 
$3,000
State of Residence: 
Vermont
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
30

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Dance
Music
Theater
Ages Served: 
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors
Certifications / Training: 
Skinner Releasing Technique, Skinner Releasing Institute, Seattle, WA
Pilates Matt, PhysicalMind Institute, New York, NY