Skies Calling Skies Falling
– dance performance by Margaret Jenkins Dance Company with video prologue by video artist Hi-Jin Hodge and David Hodge.
Stockholm Premiere of the dance performance Skies Calling Skies Falling at Färgfabriken. Performed on the 13th and 14th of September in the main hall by Margaret Jenkins Dance Company in San Francisco together with an outstanding video project by the Swedish video artist Hi-Jin Hodge and David Hodge
“The vortex of superstorms and torchlight parades and poisoned speech. The unimaginable and the all-too-real, and the moments of illumination amidst it all. Skies Calling Skies Falling is our response to this vertiginous new reality - how to create a sense of hope while continuing to resist. How to reassert the profoundly human.” – Margaret Jenkins
Skies Calling Skies Falling uses shock – the physical, emotional and intellectual embodiment of this state – as its central metaphor. A proponent of a fully realized collaborative art, Skies Calling Skies Falling is a combination of a rich, nuanced and diverse physically charged dance vocabulary, narrative shards, an original musical score of both found and composed elements, vibrant costumes and drone video of the Company, creating an explosive, questioning, kinetic and hopeful landscape.
[Foto: Tom Kubik]
Swedish Video Artist Hi-Jin Kang Hodge and American Video Artist David Hodge have filmed the Company in the open space of an industrial granary in San Francisco, with a drone hovering and darting from 200-400 feet above the ground. The aerial images create the sense of a distant, perhaps abandoned city. The video, projected onto the floor and walls of the performance space, form the 8-minute prologue as well as the visual landscape to Skies Calling Skies Falling.
About Margaret Jenkins Dance Company:
Margaret Jenkins, Founder and Artistic Director of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company (MJDC) is foremost a choreographer as well as a teacher and mentor to many artists in a uniquely designed project, called CHIME (Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange). 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 1967, Merce Cunningham asked Ms. Jenkins to re-stage his work Summerspace for the Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm, Sweden, one the first times his work was performed by another company. In the last four decades, she has created an impressive body of work, with over 80 works created on her Company, as well as resident companies in the United States, Asia and Europe. In 2019, the Company will celebrate their 45th anniversary.
Artistic & Choreographic Direction: Margaret Jenkins
Dancer/Collaborators: Dalton Alexander, Kristen Bell, Corey Brady, Alex Carrington, Margaret Cromwell, Kelly Del Rosario, Chinchin Hsu
Video Design: Hi-Jin Kang Hodge and David Hodge
Lighting Design: David Robertson
Costumes: Mary Domenico
Text & Narrative Structure: Michael Palmer
Music: Thomas Carnacki
Photo & Design: RJ Muna; Morla Design
Length: 60 min
Date & Location
13/9, Thursday at 7 pm, 60 min
The main hall ("Stora salen")
14/9, Friday at 7 pm, 60 min
The main hall ("Stora salen")
100 SEK for regular and 80 SEK for student/senior
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- 13/9 : https://billetto.se/sv/e/skies-calling-skies-falling-biljetter-303717/
- 14/9 : https://billetto.se/sv/e/skies-calling-skies-falling-biljetter-303718/
You can also buy tickets at the reception at Färgfabrikenduring our regular opening hours. We do not reserve tickets.
Reviews of the performance:
"Created in response to roiling conditions in nature and politics, Skies Calling Skies Falling conjures a post-apocalyptic scenario...the movement is fresh, unduplicated and unimaginable…the through-line among the dancers is flawless center of gravity and nuanced control.
Drone-filmed video by David and Hi-Jin Kang Hodge projects a barren landscape onto the floor and imposing back wall, and rhythms hide under gurgling, grinding and windswept sounds in Thomas Carnacki’s terrific musical score. "
- Claudia Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle
“Jenkins’ work is hauntingly beautiful and compelling dance...astonishing!”
- New York Times