24 – 26, 2009
OTHER SUNS (World Premiere)
Margaret Jenkins Dance Company/
Guangdong Modern Dance Company
Live Music Performed by the Paul Dresher Ensemble
Thursday – Saturday, September 24 – 26, 2009 at 8 PM
Novellus Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
$30 Regular/$25 YBCA Member/Student/Senior/Teacher
415.978.ARTS or www.ybca.org
Suns is a world premiere trilogy of dances created by Margaret
Jenkins and her company in a cross-cultural collaboration with the Guangdong
Modern Dance Company of Guangzhou, China. Jenkins investigates symmetry
and asymmetry in both Chinese and American cultures. Through an intricate
blend of contemporary dance forms, Other Suns transcends national
and cultural barriers, offering a new perspective on balance and imbalance
in our fast-changing, global society.
Music for Other Suns was composed by Paul Dresher and will be
performed live by the Paul Dresher Ensemble, with additional music by
Bun Ching-Lam. Other Suns also features a visual design by Alexander
V. Nichols and costumes by Laura Hazlett and Vivi Zhang.
now to help bring Other Suns to life! MJDC is actively fundraising
to complete this important intercultural exchange. Your donation will
directly support MJDC artists’ salaries and rehearsal expenses to
complete this trilogy with the artists from China. Numerous sponsorship
levels are also available; please contact
us for more information.
TOUR OF OTHER SUNS
with the Guangdong Modern Dance Company
15, 16, 17, 18
Montclair State University, NJ
live music performed by
The Paul Dresher Ensemble
Smith Performing Arts Center,
University of Maryland, College Park
and residencies to be announced.
has been co-commissioned by Peak Performances @ Montclair State University,
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts
Center at the University of Maryland, College Park. Live music preparation
commissioned by Peak Performances @ Montclair State University. Tour support
was received from the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation
for the Arts, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
and additional funding from the Ford Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation, and the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation.
Additional support for Other Suns has been provided by Grants
for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, The Harkness Foundation for
Dance, The Hellman Family Philanthropic Foundation, The William and Flora
Hewlett Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Bernard Osher
Foundation, The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, The San Francisco
Arts Commission, The San Francisco Foundation, and generous individuals.
Margaret Jenkins rehearsing
Thread with the San Francisco Ballet (c) Erik Tomasson
WITH MARGARET JENKINS
“The Practice of Collaboration”
June 22 – 26, 2009
at the Margaret Jenkins Dance Lab, San Francisco, CA
More and more choreographers are incorporating the creative input of their
dancers into their work. This workshop examines the skills advanced and
professional level dancers need to work effectively and creatively in a
collaborative environment. Participants will investigate in an ensemble
setting how to generate material based on concepts, images, text and poetry.
Jenkins will share her philosophy on the “etiquette of
– guidelines for useful communication with directors and other dancers.
Jenkins will be assisted by Joseph Copley and other members of the Margaret
Jenkins Dance Company.
For more information or to register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (415) 861-3940
APPEARANCES BY MARGARET JENKINS
DANCE/USA 2009 Annual Conference in Houston, Texas
16 – 18, 2009
Center for Creative Research in New York, NY
Society of Dance History Scholars Conference 2009 in Stanford, CA
The MJDC is pleased to welcome a new dancer and staff member to the Company.
Dancer Emily Hite joins the MJDC for the Spring 2009 World Premiere and
U.S Tour of Other Suns. In San Francisco, Emily has performed with Hope
Mohr Dance, Mark Foehringer Dance Project/SF, Robert Moses' Kin, and Dance
Jessica Mitchell joins the administrative staff of the MJDC as our new
Associate. Jessica was a Development Associate and administrator for
Giving for the Paul Taylor Dance Company in New York. She is moving to San
Francisco and joining the Company in July of 2009.
With bittersweet joy, the artists and staff of the MJDC send their best
wishes to departing company member Melanie Elms and congratulations for
the upcoming birth of her first child.
MJDC is highly dependent on individuals and foundations that recognize
the power of dance and the special role that MJDC plays in the SF Bay
Area, national and international dance field. MJDC must broaden its base
of supporters to leverage the tremendous generosity of the its past
Building on a 35-year history of creative and organizational success,
MJDC has become a treasured resource for the SF Bay Area arts scene as
well as the international dance community.
us as we work to excel in the making and dissemination of art and
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