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40th birthday of MJDC will feature music by Paul Dresher

Margaret Jenkins' new work in performance
Margaret Jenkins' new work in performance
from the YBCA Web site

At the end of last year, I wrote about this being the 40th anniversary season of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company (MJDC). The season was actually launched last September with the world premiere of Times Bones with an original score by Paul Dresher given a live performance by the Paul Dresher Ensemble. Next month the anniversary celebration will come to the company’s home in San Francisco with the West Coast premiere of Times Bones, which will again feature a live performance of the score by the Paul Dresher Ensemble.

The San Francisco anniversary celebration will also include the world premiere of The Gate of Winds. This is the product of Jenkins’ cross-cultural collaboration with Israeli choreographer Amir Kolben and his Kolben Dance Company, based in Jerusalem. This new work will be performed jointly by MJDC and Kolben’s dancers. It will explore how the ambiguities and divisions, carried by the winds of their two respective countries, can be both revealed and healed.

This anniversary program will receive four performances at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA). Each performance will begin in the YBCA Forum and then continue in the YBCA Theater. The performances will take place on Thursday through Saturday, April 3–5, all at 7:30 p.m., with a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, April 6. Tickets are on sale for $30 and $25 if purchased in advance, with an extra $5 for tickets purchased at the door. There is also a $25 rate for YBCA Members, and free tickets are available at no charge for those subscribing to YBCA:You. Tickets may be purchased online through the event page for this production on the YBCA Web site or by calling 415-978-2787.

There will also be two special events held in conjunction with these performances. Opening night (April 3) will be followed by a 40th Birthday Bash, which will include a champagne toast, a raffle, birthday cake, and (of course) dancing. Tickets for this event are separate from those for the performance and cost $25. They may also be purchased in advance through the YBCA event page.

In addition the Saturday (April 5) performance will be preceded by A Night Out with Margaret Jenkins and Amir Kolben. This will be a private reception that will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will celebrate the collaboration that led to the creation of The Gate of Winds. Specialty cocktails and generous hors d’oeuvres will be served. Tickets are $200 and will include priority seating for that evening’s performance, as well as a post-show champagne toast backstage with all of the performers. These tickets can only be purchased over the telephone by calling Jessica Mitchell at 415-861-3940.