date. Saturday. February 12. 2022
project. a collaborative performance and art installation with dancer Jenna Marie and artist Sheile Ghidini
An eclipse occurs when an astronomical body is temporarily obscured by passing into the shadow of another body. Blurring art and dance, Eclipse strings together a dynamic language of form, movement, shadow, space and time. As she performs, Jenna Marie will at once become and eclipse a large-scale art installation by Sheila Ghidini. Presence and absence are activated by the dancer’s body passing through sculpted spaces, and our sense of time is simultaneously suspended and compressed.
Installation: Sheila Ghidini
Dancer: Jenna Marie
Music: Morton Feldman, Piano and String Quartet, pianist Vicki Ray and the Eclipse Quartet
photo: Jeramie Campbell Photography
Sheila Ghidini Installation
Jenna Marie (she/her/hers), originally from Philadelphia, PA began her dance training at Olga Kresin's Ballet School and later attended The Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Jenna has participated in a number of dance competitions including The Youth America Grand Prix, where she was featured in the documentary “First Position.” As a scholarship student at The Ailey School. Marie became a member of Ailey II under the direction of Sylvia Waters. Following Ailey II, Jenna was a member of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Nai Ni Chen Dance Company, Momix, The Metropolitan Opera and Ballet Hispanico. She has been a guest artist with The Black Iris Project and has worked for artists such as Beyoncé, Romeo Santos, Nile Rodgers, and Betsey Johnson. Currently, Jenna is dancing with Post:Ballet, Robert Moses’ Kin, Marika Brussel, and teaching at Berkeley Ballet Theater and Moving Arts Academy of Dance in the Bay Area. In Jenna's free time she loves to travel and bring people together through community and creative expression.
Sheila Ghidini was born in Connecticut. She attended Hartford Art School, University of Hartford and did graduate work at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. She completed an M.F.A. in sculpture at the University of California, Berkeley, receiving the Sylvan and Pam Coleman Memorial Fellowship. She was an artist-in residence at The Headlands Center for the Arts and The American Academy in Rome Summer program. She has received grants from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, the Krasner-Pollack Foundation, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Marcelle Labaudt Memorial Fund, Rockefeller Foundation and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. Sheila has completed a number of public art projects in the Bay Area and beyond. She presently resides in San Francisco and has taught art throughout the Bay Area, including University of California, Berkeley, California College of Arts, San Francisco State University and University of California Extensions.