(b San Francisco, Calif., 1942)
US dancer and choreographer. She trained at the Juilliard School in New York, with Graham, Limón, and Tudor, and attended the University of California in Los Angeles, dancing with Al Huang. In 1965 she returned to New York and joined the Tharp company; also danced with Viola Farber, James Cunningham, and Gus Solomons jun. From 1964 to 1970 she taught at the Merce Cunningham Studio and helped to stage his works in Europe. She started choreographing in the late 1960s and in 1973 founded her own San Francisco-based company, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, for which she has created numerous works. Many have a strong political theme, and some of the most recent have been site specific works, for example Danger Orange (2004) which addressed issues around US national security and was performed in San Francisco's Justin Herman Plaza. Her works are also in the repertoire of the Cullberg Ballet, the Oakland Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet and she has recently collaborated with the Indian company Tanusree Shankar on A Slipping Glimpse (2006) and with Guangdong Modern Dance Company on the trilogy Other Suns (2007–9).
http://www.mjdc.org Website for the Margaret Jenkins company