Learning from Legends: Ronn Guidi in conversation with Margaret Jenkins
Celebrate local legends of the Fourth Age (80 and above) who continue to lead their diverse disciplines. In conversation with Margaret Jenkins of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company.
Ronn Guidi will talk about his work with the Oakland Ballet, working with such giants as Bronislava and Kira Nijinska and Massine to meticulously recreate the great Diaghelev ballets.
Ronn founded the Oakland Ballet Company and served as its Artistic Director for 35 years. He is recognized and acclaimed for the world class repertoire he created for the Oakland Ballet both locally and internationally. Oakland Ballet toured with his varied and extensive repertory throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe.Through his vision, many of the masterpieces of the Diaghelev Ballet Russe era (1909-1929) have been reconstructed as living art for audiences of our time and been staged by many other dance companies throughout the world.
Margaret Jenkins is a choreographer and artistic director of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, as well as a designer of unique community-based dance projects like Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME). In the 1960s, Jenkins studied at Juilliard, continued her training at UCLA and returned to New York to dance with Gus Solomons, Jr., Jack Moore, Judy Dunn, Twyla Tharp, and Viola Farber. Until 1976 she taught for and was an assistant to Merce Cunningham. Since her return to San Francisco, where she has worked now for over four decades, the MJDC has been a part of the cultural fabric of San Francisco, dedicated to the making and touring of new work, and international exchange in Japan, India, China and Israel. She has been a guest lecturer at UC Berkeley and has made work for many other companies including the San Francisco Ballet for their 75th anniversary season. She has received numerous commissions and awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bernard Osher Cultural Award and a residency in Bellagio, Italy at the Rockefeller Foundation.
Admission is $10 for the general public. Free for OLLI members and UC Berkeley faculty, students and staff.