Jeannine Valeriano is a writer, singer, spoken word performer and actress. From the 1990s, after studying at the Amsterdam Theater School/Kleinkunstacademie, she started her career as an actress. From 2007, Jeannine can be seen in a form that allows a combination of several disciplines. Now she tells emotions with her voice, with her own work in a combination of songs and spoken word. Speaking, singing and sing-singing, opening up a new world of sound and meaning.
Thanks in part to her broad cultural background – raised in the Netherlands Antilles, Jewish, with Spanish and native American roots – she tells stories from an idiosyncratic perspective that undermines the world as we know it.
Jeannine explores the boundaries between language and music. As a writer, singer and performer she has appeared in theater and concert halls. She developed Spoken Beat Night (2010-2020) with a permanent team, a series of cross-over language concerts with special guests, compelling spokespersons from the worlds of music, literature and science. Spoken Beat Night consisted of 36 newly created productions that could be seen at Bimhuis, Brainwash Festival, Het forum on European Culture in collaboration with de Balie, among others.
She wrote texts and libretti for performances, concerts, radio plays and music theater productions. As a teacher she also helps other people to get their voice out there; she gave several masterclasses and workshops in song performance, spoken word and songwriting at various conservatories. She developed a complete curriculum for the musician/producer training in Rotterdam.
In GYROKINESIS® – a practice program developed by dancer Juliu Horvat, Jeannine found the connecting factor to optimally bring out her voice – as a writer, performer and singer – and to stand on stage with a natural presence, so that everything breathes . Since 2015, in addition to her executive activities, she is a certified trainer.
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