Choreographer Margaret Jenkins on Noguchi’s dialogue with dance
Sculptor Isamu Noguchi collaborated for over forty years with modern dancer Martha Graham. This sculpture, Cronos, was inspired by the work he did with dance. We spoke to a local choreographer for her take on it.
It’s something that is both, has movement and also a kind of profound stillness to it.
I’m Margaret Jenkins and I’m the artistic director of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company.
I see the arch as a kind of symbol of weight and a symbol of gravity, and the hanging objects within the arch as symbolic of the ways in which dancers try to defy gravity, although in modern dance I think our friend is gravity.
I also think about the way that dancers entwine themselves around a stronger object. The way a dancer runs across a space and throws him or herself on another object and is totally consumed.
I think of all of it as limbs of a body moving around and looking to kind of find their peace inside that arc. And I think one of the things Noguchi was so determined to do through all of his work was to create environments of peace.
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