Magazine article Dance Magazine

Margaret Jenkins Dance Company

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Margaret Jenkins Dance Company

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MARGARET JENKINS DANCE COMPANY YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS THEATER, SAN FRANCISCO SEPTEMBER 24-26, 1998

Margaret Jenkins started the twenty-fifth anniversary of her company with a nod to the past and a peek into the future. Preceding the reprise of her masterful 1996 Fault at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, audiences were invited into the Forum next door, where, on an altar-like staircased podium, she and longtime collaborators Paul Dresher, Rinde Eckert, and Michael Palmer presented short excerpts of such seminal works as the 1987 Shelf Life. These were followed by a look at a collaboration in progress with actress Olympia Dukakis, which on first glance seems to concern itself with the effects of the passage of time. The as-yet-untitled piece will premiere in Chicago in March 1999.

Fault is one of those dances that you consider yourself lucky to encounter once in a decade. Exquisitely constructed and bursting with invention, the two-part work for nine dancers with a score by Alvin Curran and David Lang sets up a breathtaking trajectory from the first trembling limbs to the final image of serene repose.

Jenkins created Fault during a three-year residency at UC Berkeley, where, with a group of faculty and students from various departments, she explored the concept of fault, both in its geologic reality and its metaphoric implications. This is a work of constantly shifting and slipping ground, collapsing structures, unexpected eruptions, chain reactions, realignments of force fields, and abrupt cessations of motion. …

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