Margaret Jenkins Dance to Celebrate 40 Years with TIMES BONES, 9/13-14
Dance master Margaret Jenkins celebrates the 40th anniversary of her company at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center onSeptember 13 and 14 at 8:00pm with the world premiere of Times Bones. A special prelude will begin in the Center's Grand Pavilion at 7:30pm and move to the Kay Theatre, drawing the audience along in an actual - as well as a metaphorical - journey. Join the artists for a Talk Back following the Friday, September 13 performance.
During a one-week residency leading up to the performance, members of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company (MJDC) will work with students from the UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies and the UMD School of Music.
Inspired by the myth of the "scattered bones of Osiris," Jenkins, with her dancers and collaborators, gathers the "bones" of her past repertory to assemble a new dance. This introspective excavation challenges the dancers to examine 40 years of movement and inspiration.
Jenkins notes, "In creating Times Bones, I asked myself what of the 75 dances I have made endure, continue to resonate, and, if called forward, suggest the spine of a new work? Artistically, this project challenges all of my collaborators and myself to examine not just movement, language and music that have either recurred or been left behind throughout these 40 years, but also impetuses, inspirations and structures that have driven past work and now this dance in particular. Times Bones is an introspective excavation of the essential "bones" of past work, as well as a homage to all the dancers and other collaborators who have come together over time and left their enduring mark on the work, the creative process, and on me!"
Times Bones is created in collaboration with the MJDC dancers, composer Paul Dresher, visual designer Alexander V. Nichols and poet Michael Palmer and features live music by the Paul Dresher Ensemble.
The Margaret Jenkins Dance Company was founded in 1973 and has been a part of the cultural fabric of San Francisco for four decades-dedicated to the making and touring of new work, international exchange and programs that support process, choreographic mentorship and performance opportunities. The company performs regularly in San Francisco and has toured extensively in the United States, Western and Eastern Europe and Asia.
The MJDC is known for programs that serve to expand the health of the dance field like Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME), a mentorship program for emerging and established choreographers. CHIME is now in its ninth year and has served over a hundred artists in the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California. The MJDC operates a studio devoted to creative research, the Margaret Jenkins Dance Lab, which hosts the MJDC creative activities, CHIME and other long- and short-term artistic residencies. After the world premiere of Times Bones, and in celebration of the Company's 40thAnniversary Season in 2013-14, the MJDC will present the West Coast Premiere of Times Bones and the world premiere of a new collaboration with the Kolben Dance Company of Jerusalem at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.