“Unstill Life”: A Riveting Exploration of Aging Through Dance

The Margaret Jenkins Dance Company (MJDC), known for its innovative and thought-provoking productions, is set to captivate audiences once again with its latest work, “Unstill Life.” Premiering on the West Coast on March 21 at Oakland’s Dresher Ensemble Studio, after its debut in New York City, this evening-length piece promises to be a profound exploration of aging, viewed through the lens of contemporary dance.

“Unstill Life” emerges from a vibrant collaboration among a team of internationally acclaimed artists. Choreographers Risa Jaroslow and Vicky Shick, alongside MJDC Artistic Director Margaret Jenkins, have joined forces with composer and performer Rinde Eckert and Jon Kinzel to create a compelling narrative on the stage. This ensemble of creative minds has crafted a performance that delves into the multifaceted experiences of aging, employing an array of duets, solos, and group interactions to tell their story.

The production’s score is as innovative as its choreography, blending found sounds, vocalizations, and digital influences to complement the movement on stage. This auditory landscape enhances the thematic exploration of aging, adding depth and texture to the visual narrative.

Central to “Unstill Life” is the collaborative spirit that has guided its creation. The artists have engaged in a process driven by desire and vulnerability, striving to find a common aesthetic while exploring the capacity of language to generate meaning. This collaborative ethos is not only reflective of the artistic process but also mirrors the complexities and nuances of aging itself.

“Unstill Life” is a work that challenges conventional narratives around aging, showcasing the body’s remarkable ability to convey stories and experiences and stands as a testament to the enduring power of art to address universal themes. Through its exploration of aging, the production invites audiences to reflect on their own experiences and perceptions, fostering a deeper understanding of the human condition.

As “Unstill Life” makes its anticipated West Coast premiere, it beckons viewers into a world where movement and music converge to explore the beauty, complexity, and inevitability of aging. This production is not just a performance but a poignant reminder of the stories our bodies hold and share, across the continuum of life.

Ref: San Francisco Classical Voice


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