Choreographer Margaret Jenkins, who has played an integral role in shaping the cultural fabric of the Bay Area, returns to YBCA to celebrate the 40th anniversary of her company with two new works. The West Coast premiere of Times Bones reflects on the works Jenkins has made over the past four decades, in both a collision and a conversation between the past and the present. The performance begins in the YBCA Forum and continues in the theater. The evening also includes the World Premiere of Jenkins' new cross-cultural collaboration, The Gate of Winds. Developed and performed with the Kolben Dance Company of Jerusalem, this new work examines actual and metaphorical questions about life and faith, barriers and boundaries. The 40th Anniversary Season features original music by Paul Dresher, performed live by his Ensemble, a visual design by Alexander V. Nichols, and text by poet Michael Palmer.
Known for creating highly charged kinetic performances that are at once physically rigorous and intellectually demanding, Jenkins has created more than 75 dance works and is a recognized leader in both the local and national arts communities. In recent years, she has focused on cross-cultural, international collaborations with such diverse partners as the Tanusree Shankar Dance Group in Kolkata, India; the Guangdong Modern Dance Company of Guangzhou, China; and most recently with the Kolben Dance Company of Jerusalem.