Salon (gathering): A salon is a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation.
This winter, Danceworks will host an exciting dance salon program with two of America’s most respected and prolific female choreographers and their dancers. These events will take dance out of the theatre and place it in an intimate home environment. DANCEworks Executive Director Dianne Vapnek‘s, to be exact!
This format will allow guests to get an in-depth perspective and appreciation of dance from two very different contemporary dance choreographers as they present their work and chat about it afterwards.
+ Choreographer Molissa Fenley performed with two of her dancers on Saturday, January 9, 2016.
+ Choreographer Margaret Jenkins shared her work with you on Saturday, February 27, 2016.
Molissa Fenley, (Choreographer and Company Director; Dancer) has created 80 works during her continuing career. Her work has been performed worldwide, with her company, Molissa Fenley and Company, founded in 1977, and as a soloist working in collaboration with visual artists and composers. Her work has been commissioned by the American Dance Festival, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, the Dia Art Foundation, Jacob’s Pillow, the Joyce Theater, the Kitchen, Lincoln Center, the New National Theater of Tokyo. Fenley has also created many works on ballet and contemporary dance companies, most recently for Barnard/Columbia, Repertory Dance Theater, Salt Lake City, UT, Oakland Ballet, Robert Moses’ Kin (San Francisco), Pacific Northwest Ballet (Seattle) and the Seattle Dance Project. She is the Danforth Professor of Dance at Mills College in Oakland, California. She is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the Bogliasco Foundation, a Master Artist of the Atlantic Center of the Arts and a twice recipient of awards from the Asian Cultural Council for residencies in Tokyo. Rhythm Field: The Dance of Molissa Fenley, a book of essays written by Fenley and invited colleagues, has just been published by Seagull Press (2015).
Margaret Jenkins is a choreographer, teacher, and mentor to many artists as well as a designer of unique community-based dance projects. In the sixties, she danced in New York city in the companies of Jack Moore, Viola Farber, Judy Dunn, James Cunningham, Gus Solomons, Jr. and Twyla Tharp’s original company with Sara Rudner. Jenkins was a member of the faculty of the Merce Cunningham Studio and restaged his works for companies in Europe and the United States for over 12 years. In 1973, she formed the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company (MJDC) in San Francisco. She opened one of the West Coast’s first studio-performing spaces and a school for the training of professional modern dancers. Jenkins takes great pride in being one part of the revitalization of the West Coast as a major center for dance activity. In 2013 – 2014, Jenkins celebrated the 40th Anniversary of her Company. In the last four decades, Jenkins has created over 80 works created on her Company, as well as resident companies in the United States, Asia and Europe. In 2008, Jenkins was commissioned to create a new work for the 75th anniversary of the San Francisco Ballet. Over the last decade, Ms. Jenkins’ choreographic attention has been focused on cross-cultural collaborations between her Company and international artists, including the Tanusree Shankar Dance Company of India, and the Guangzhou Modern Dance Company of China. For her unique artistic vision, Jenkins has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Irvine Fellowship in Dance, the San Francisco Arts Commission Award of Honor, three Isadora Duncan Awards (Izzies), and a Sustained Achievement award in 2015, and the Bernard Osher Cultural Award for her outstanding contributions to the arts community in San Francisco and the Bay Area. April 24, 2003 was declared “Margaret Jenkins Day” by San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. On that day, she also received a Governor’s Commendation from Governor Gray Davis. In 2013, she was awarded a residency at The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Italy.