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World Premiere of Times Bones

New Collaboration in Jerusalem

Jenkins Awarded Residency in Italy

2013 CHIME Programs

A Special Farewell

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World Premiere of Times Bones

The MJDC will kick off its 40th Anniversary Season in September with the World Premiere of Times Bones at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park, Maryland. Following the World Premiere at the Clarice Smith Center, the MJDC returns to the Bay Area to perform a special site-specific excerpt of Times Bones for the opening of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) 2013-14 season.

The West Coast premiere of Times Bones will take place in April 2014 at YBCA, as part of an evening that includes the World Premiere of Jenkins' new international collaboration, The Gate of Winds. Times Bones is being created in collaboration with the MJDC dancers, composer Paul Dresher, visual designer Alexander V. Nichols and poet Michael Palmer. The World Premiere of Times Bones will feature live music by the Paul Dresher Ensemble and a special prelude in the Grand Pavilion of the Clarice Smith Center.

This new work loosely takes the ancient Egyptian myth of the" scattered limbs of Osiris" as its operative and generative metaphor. Jenkins, with her dancers and collaborators, gathers the bones of her past repertory, and in that process, discovers a new dance at the collision of past and present.

Preview performances of Times Bones were presented by the MJDC in October 2012 at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. Janice Berman of San Francisco Classical Voice wrote of the performance

Photo by Margo Moritz

The company feels completely organic. By dint of their technical and artistic ability, each dancer stands out. But each also relies on the rest of the company. Thus we see daring leaps, trusting falls, sustained balances, interlocking and interfolding groups of dancers, intrinsic musicality, and a freedom of the body that stretches from head to toe... a future.