Margaret Jenkins Dance Company
by Becca Hirschman
December 8, 2007 -- Project Artaud Theater, San Francisco, California
Inspired by her time in spent in Asia, Margaret Jenkins premiered the first part of "Other Suns," which is set to be a trilogy examining symmetry and asymmetry. Prior to the event, my mind flashed back to my days of geometry and proofs. Would there be isosceles triangles? Perhaps an investigation of parallel vs. perpendicular lines? No, of course not. But there was proof that Jenkins' work is well grounded and that there is still quite more to come.
There was always, though, a return back to the center, whether it was a dancer's own personal center or that of the space. Similar to a planet or group of planets circling around a sun and the sun's gravity in holding the planets' in their orbits, the dancers' focus remained in the present, even when it seemed like their bodies were forever jutting quickly in infinite directions through space. The dancers ended with a sense of relief, contentment and solitude, complemented by the final drips of water off of a platform (designed by the always inspirational Alexander V. Nichols) raised high above the dancers. The music, recordings of Paul Dresher's "Channels Passing" and Bun-Ching Lam's "Like Water," provided moments of lift and contemplation, easily complementing Jenkins' choreography without being overpowering or distracting.
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