Laurel Jenkins’ solo, “wind hill” premieres on Friday in “Laurel Jenkins: Two Dance Theater Works” at Highways, California. The filmed version was directed and shot by Taso Papadakis; choreography and performance by Laurel Jenkins.
“As a choreographer and director, I create interdisciplinary dance-theater works to awaken the imagination. My work centers on the multiple languages of the body. By disrupting categorizations of concert dance and theater, I aim to open up a kinesthetic space for movement imagery to become valid text. I play between narration and abstraction, inviting theatrical elements to speak to each other in compelling ways.” –Laurel Jenkins
Laurel Jenkins (b. 1979) is a choreographer and director creating new dance theater works. As an acclaimed member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company from 2007-2012, she created original roles in Brown’s four final works. In her youth, Jenkins and her peers founded the Vermont Fairytale Theater and cooperatively devised original plays. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, she danced with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and was certified in the Skinner Releasing Technique. She went on to dance with Vicky Shick, and Sara Rudner, to perform in plays directed by John Jesurun and Nick Olcott, and to choreograph for Elise Kermani’s films. She was a member of the Puppet Lab at St. Anne’s Warehouse.
Her work has been shown in N.Y. at: Danspace Project, Joyce SoHo, Judson Church, Dixon Place and the N.Y. Fringe, and in L.A. at: Automata, Highways, Pieter, the Fowler Museum, and the Hammer Museum. Internationally, she has been presented at the Prague Fringe, Decoda at Coventry University, U.K., Tanz im August: Berlin International Dance Festival, and Improvisation Xchange, Berlin. She currently teaches at UCLA in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance and at Pieter in L.A., and internationally at Tilt in Milan and Independent Dance in London. Jenkins set Trisha Brown’s work in Switzerland for Le Mouvement: Performing the City/Biel Bienne and will teach at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels this spring. Laurel is a recipient of the Forti Family Scholarship, Elaine Krown Klein Fine Arts Scholarship, Sandra Kaufman Scholarship, the Alma Hawkins MFA Scholarship, and received the 2014 Joseph Campbell and Jean Erdman Scholarship from the OPUS Archives and Research Center.
Taso Papadakis is a photographer and film maker whose images are known for their strong narrative and light. Originally from Los Angeles, he studied religion on scholarship at the University of Southern California. Taso has also worked abroad on long-term photo documentary projects benefiting the remote pueblos and orphanages of El Salvador and Mexico.