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The Margaret Jenkins Dance Company presents

Breathing at the Boundaries

December 29, 2020 – January 6, 2021


This is an unprecedented time, yet here we are. At once confined in place, yet hurtling towards an unknowable future – awaiting embrace!

Breathing at the Boundaries has been at the center of our activism these last few months. This new performance – with the MJDC dancers isolated and in touch, present and remote – is a response to this fragile moment in time. It also offers a chance for a sneak peak of the international collaborators for our next work Global Moves, as they share their responses to prompts about the various pandemics affecting them, both political and COVID. Music is filling the air, words fly up and out along with limbs and hands, movement is everywhere. Together we are sharing the moment, if not the room.​​ All breathing at the boundaries, even if not always together.

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MJDC Board of Directors:

Margaret Jenkins

Alexander V. Nichols

Alexander V. Nichols
Paul Dresher with Joel Davel
Rinde Eckert, Michael Palmer
Alexander V. Nichols


Dalton Alexander, Crystaldawn Bell, Kristen Bell, Corey Brady,

Alex Carrington, Kelly Del Rosario, Norma Fong, Chinchin Hsu

Rinde Eckert

Ashley Bathgate (cello)

Joel Davel (invented instruments and electronics)

Paul Dresher (invented instruments and electronics)

Rinde Eckert (voice, accordion and percussion)

Lisa Moore (piano)

Marja Mutru (electronic keyboard)

Rinde Eckert, Ellen McLaughlin, Michael Palmer

Cross Move Lab (US/China):

  • Guanglei Hui (Artistic Director, Performer)

  • Yahui Lu (Resident Choreographer, Performer)


Kolben Dance Company (Israel):

  • Amir Kolben (Artistic Director)

  • Nitzan Bardichev (Dancer Emeritus)

  • Irit Amichai Gabinet (Dancer Emeritus)


Tanusree Shankar Dance Company (India):

  • Tanusree Shankar (Artistic Director)

  • Indranil Ghosh (Performer)

  • Joyita Pal (Performer)

David Robertson

Jacob Felix Heule

Mark Palmer

Kelly Del Rosario

Mia Macaspac

Kegan Marling

Marcia Hofer, Margaret Jenkins, Mindy Kershner,

Rhys Mason, Michael Palmer, Albert Wax


Breathing at the Boundaries was originally conceived as a live-streaming event with four of the MJDC dancers performing live (Dalton Alexander, Crystaldawn Bell, Alex Carrington, and Kelly Del Rosario), and four filmed in a variety of locations and projected onto panels (Kristen Bell, Corey Brady, Norma Fong and Chinchin Hsu). The work now is a fully cinematic event with all dancers and musicians being filmed.

Breathing at the Boundaries was filmed in the Dresher Ensemble Studio and other locations both in San Francisco and internationally.

Breathing at the Boundaries is made possible through a resilience grant from The Bernard Osher Foundation, as well as support from Animated Architecture/Marty McGee, Kristen Bell, Dancers Group/Lighting Artists in Dance, The National Endowment for the Arts, Alexander V. Nichols, and the Paul Dresher Ensemble.

We are also most grateful for the ongoing support from the Dianne and Daniel Vapnek Fund, Fleishhacker Foundation, Hellman Foundation, John Sanger Family Foundation, Judith Brown Meyers Fund, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, Sam Mazza Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and many generous individuals including Jim and Cathy Koshland and Anne Meyer.

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