Trace Figures

September 13, 2019 @ 8:00PM — September 15, 2019 @ 3:00PM

Trace Figures

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The Margaret Jenkins Dance Company (MJDC) and the Dresher/Davel Invented Instrument Duo will collaborate on a new immersive work entitled "Trace Figures". The premiere will be held at DZINE’s expansive showroom in San Francisco from September 13-15, 2019. The performance will inhabit a number of the various bays of this luxurious 15,000 sq ft. space, where audiences will be led by the dancers and musicians from one area to another, experiencing the performance and the DZINE space from a variety of vantage points.

In its four-and-a-half decades of dancing around the world and throughout the Bay Area, Margaret Jenkins and the MJDC have performed in many unconventional spaces. This new work at DZINE will be the first designed especially for such a unique site, offering a special opportunity to interact with Paul Dresher’s score and his and Daniel Schmidt’s invented musical instruments and sound sculptures.

Dresher has long been interested in bridging the boundary between the musicians and dancers in performance and with these instruments, the movements required to play (or trigger) these unique instrument designs are, in fact, more akin to dance movements than the small motor dexterity required for traditional musical instruments. Thus, the MJDC dancers will move within and “perform” on some of these inventions, generating a performance that is at the same time both physical and sonic.

Jenkins and Dresher are both extremely excited by the opportunities and provocations that DZINE presents, and how placing dance and live music in DZINE invites one to see and hear it differently than in a traditional setting. They are intrigued by creating an evening that is “in conversation” with all that is exhibited within DZINE.