Laurie Anderson was born in Chicago in 1947. One of eight children, she studied the violin and played in the Chicago Youth Symphony. She graduated in 1969 from Barnard College in New York, and went on to study at Columbia University, working toward a graduate degree in sculpture. The art scene of the early 1970s fostered an experimental attitude among many young artists in downtown New York that attracted Anderson, and some of her earliest performances as a young artist took place on the street or in informal art spaces. In the most memorable of these, she stood on a block of ice, playing her violin while wearing her ice skates. When the ice melted, the performance ended. Since that time, Anderson has gone on to create large-scale theatrical works which combine a variety of media—music, video, storytelling, projected imagery, sculpture—in which she is an electrifying performer. As a visual artist, her work has been shown at the Guggenheim Museum, SoHo; as well as extensively in Europe, including the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. She has also released seven albums for Warner Brothers, including "Big Science," featuring the song “O Superman,” which rose to number 2 on the British pop charts. In 1999, she staged "Songs and Stories From Moby Dick," an interpretation of Herman Melville’s 1851 novel. She lives in New York.
Jeanine Durning is a performer, maker and teacher of dance. She's originally from upstate NY and has been based in NYC since the late 80’s. Jeanine has been creating both solo and group performance on a project basis with a core group of collaborators since 1998. She has received grants and awards for her choreography from various foundations including the Alpert Award and the New York Foundation for the Arts and has received numerous commissions from independent performers, repertory companies and universities, to create original work. Jeanine first worked with Deborah Hay on O,O in 2006 and then again in 2008/09 on If I Sing to You. Her adaptation of the solo No Time to Fly for William Forsythe's Motion Bank is her third project with Deborah. Jeanine's work as a facilitator of movement and creative practices has been an integral part of her ongoing inquiry of the body, performance and daily life. Within the past two years, she has been guest teacher at SNDO (Amsterdam), SODA (Berlin), and adjunct faculty at Tisch School of the Arts/NYU (NY). Jeanine recently received a Masters in Choreography from Amsterdam School of the Arts (AmCh). Durning’s current research focuses on fundamental questions of how body, thought and language align and collide, which has recently manifested as a solo performance called inging.
Ros Warby is one of Australia's leading dancer/choreographers. She has been creating and performing solo dance since 1990. Her award winning works have been presented in Australia, Europe and the USA at numerous festivals and venues including The 2010 Venice Biennale, London’s Dance Umbrella, Royal Opera House, London, Melbourne International Arts Festivals, Adelaide Festival, and DTW, New York. Warby has also performed with numerous companies and artists including Lucy Guerin Inc, the Deborah Hay Dance Company, Russell Dumas’ Dance Exchange and Danceworks. Recognised for her unique performance work in all these contexts Warby has received the Robert Helpmann Award for Best Female Dancer 2007, Greenroom Awards for Best female performer (2000 & 2007) and best Solo performer in 2001, an Australia Council Fellowship (2002 – 2004), and the 2007 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award. The creation of her work has benefited from the rapport she has nurtured with her long standing creative team, designer Margie Medlin and composer Helen Mountfort, who have been pivotal in the development of Warby’s dances over the past decade. Together, through Warbys recent critically acclaimed works, Solos, Swift and Monumental, they have created environments for the solo dancer to exist, creating an elaborate interplay between the elements of dance, film, sound and light, and crafting a dialogue between these forms, where they coexist in a manner rarely achieved in multi-disciplinary work. In 2006 Warby was commissioned by ABC television to make a cinematic version of Swift with Medlin. Warby is currently in development on a new trio work, Tower Suites, due to premiere in March 2012. Warby began her long association with Deborah Hay in 1996. She has performed and toured several solo adaptations of Hay’s choreography including Fire, Music, and The Pitcher, as well as several ensemble works, including The Match, and If I Sing to You. She continues to work with Hay assisting on and performing in selected projects, including her current involvement in Hay’s work with the Forsythe Company’s Motion Bank Project (a solo adaptation of No Time To Fly and the trio, As Holy Sites Go). Born in Sydney in 1967, Warby finished her classical training in Europe with Marika Besobrasova, Monte Carlo, Central School of Ballet, London, and the Royal Danish Ballet School. Between 1993 and 1996 she studied with Eva Karczag and Lisa Nelson, and became a certified Alexander teacher in 2000. But it has been her experience and practice of Deborah Hay’s choreography that has had the most bold and stimulating effect on her performance and choreographic work over the past decade. www.roswarby.com