Returning after a sell out run at PUSH FESTIVAL 2021 and an acclaimed run at Battersea Arts Centre.
Jenni is not an athlete. Jenni has not done enough training. Jenni wants to perform a feat of endurance, live and in real time. She really wants to be able to run up hills and mountains.
Since her mum is Bolivian, she’s banking on her DNA containing Inca genes, which she hopes will mean that she will be shit hot at running up mountains. Naturally.
Exploring colonial legacies through the prism of the Bolivian/Aymaran warrior Bartolina Sisa and modern day women who are out-performing men at ultra marathon running, Jenni wants to know, how do we carry on when things get really hard?
Using integrated creative captions and a cinematic soundscape, Endurance is a blend of dance, theatre, and an attempt at a sports spectacle.
Endurance looks at how we endure, why we endure, and how women can make their innate propensity for endurance work in their favour to tip the balance of power.
Jenni is an award winning British Latinx performer, theatre maker, and movement director/ choreographer based in Manchester.
She won a Jerwood Live Award in 2021, and is currently supported by the Barbican Centre (Open Lab), and MGCFutures to create her new show WRESTLELADSWRESTLE.
Her work examines what women and girls are permitted to do with their bodies, and the complexities of living between cultures.
Her choreography includes the acclaimed, I, JOAN (Shakespeare’s Globe), Julius Caesar (RSC Tour), Hope ( a film, Clean Break), and she was the lead choreographer on Coventry City of Culture’s Opening Ceremony
Written and devised: by Jennifer Jackson with Simon Carroll Jones
Performers: Jennifer Jackson & Simon Carroll Jones
Lighting and Video Design: Sarah Readman
Sound Co-Designed: Alexandra Faye Braithwaite and Annie- May Fletcher
Costume Design: Cécile Trémolières and Tracey Dunk
Dramaturgy: Emily Ling Williams
Movement Direction: Simon Carroll Jones
Outside Eye: Poppy Clifford, Anna West, Emily Ling Williams
Lighting and Video Design Development: Joshua Pharo
Creative Technology Consultancy: idontloveyouanymore
Stage Management: Meghan Bartual Smyth
Producing: Eve Allin
Previous collaborators: Anna Himali Howard, Rosie Scudder and The Murmuration
Rajha Shakiry, Nickie Mikes Wildin, Justine Themen, Suzanne Bell, tangled feet, Upstart Theatre, Catt Belcher & Octagon Theatre, Grace Ng Ralph & Claire Symonds (The Lowry), Dan Gilbert, Alex Lui & Laura Elliot (The Oxford Playhouse).
Endurance was commissioned by HOME as part of PUSH 2021 (7 – 9 October 2021) and also shortlisted in 2022 for the Stückemarkt, Theatertreffen at Berliner Festspeile.