The Margaret Jenkins Dance Company
Coming Fall 2021
Guangdong Modern Dance Company (Guangzhou, China)
Kolben Dance Company (Jerusalem, Israel)
Tanusree Dance Company (Kolkata, India)
Dalton Alexander, Crystaldawn Bell, Kristen Bell, Corey Brady,
Alex Carrington, Kelly Del Rosario, Norma Fong, Chinchin Hsu
Paul Dresher with Joel Davel
Michael Palmer with Rinde Eckert
Alexander V. Nichols
Over the last two decades, the MJDC has created collaborative pieces with companies from India (2006), China (2009), and Israel (2014). These three dance works were made during times when the possibilities of international exchange and the opening of artistic borders were energized and expanding. Times have changed.
MJDC’s ambitious new work, Global Moves, brings these companies from different parts of the globe together - in conversation for the first time - to respond through movement and dialogue to this current atmosphere of heightened fear. Representing countries facing their own turmoil and disunity, these artists gather to make a spirited new evening-length dance at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum & Gardens in Fall 2021.
Working remotely, the choreographers, dancers and artistic collaborators will share prompts based on their culture’s proverbs and various historical texts, using these materials to examine the waves of isolation and xenophobia currently impacting the world. Jenkins will serve as the project’s main cartographer, gathering materials and creating a map of how they are shared and realized among the various participants toward a final whole.
“I'm excited to have this remarkable collection of artists all together for the first time, for the cumulative energy and memory which they will bring to this project. In a world that keeps changing, this international collaboration feels incredibly timely and invigorating, and we hope our work together can give voice to the reality we wish to see in the world.” – Ms. Jenkins
Global Moves is an honored recipient of the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions, launched in 2017 to celebrate the foundation’s 50th anniversary. It is a five-year, $8 million initiative supporting the creation and premiere of 50 new works from outstanding artists working in five performing arts disciplines. The largest commissioning effort of its kind in the country, the initiative is a symbol of the Hewlett Foundation’s longstanding commitment to supporting art that matters to the people and communities of the San Francisco Bay Area. The Hewlett Foundation has supported the arts in the region for more than 50 years, and currently makes grants of roughly $20 million per year to more than 200 nonprofit arts organizations, mostly in the form of long-term general operating support. More information about the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions can be found at: hewlett.org/50Commissions.
Global Moves is also graciously funded by The Bernard Osher Foundation, Cathy & Jim Koshland, The Fleishhacker Foundation, Hellman Foundation, John Sanger Family Foundation, Judith Brown Meyers Fund, The National Endowment for the Arts, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, and many generous individuals.