Founded in 2004 by MJDC Artistic Director Margaret Jenkins, CHIME seeks to formalize the exchange and feedback mechanisms between established and emerging California choreographers. CHIME artists receive financial support for 12 months in order to establish and explore a working relationship with a mentor that includes, but is not limited to, work in the studio.
With the generous support of The James Irvine Foundation, a one-year pilot program for Southern California was completed in 2008, and the three-year launch of the program, CHIME in Southern California, began in 2010. Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the MJDC launched CHIME Across Borders in 2010.
To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of CHIME in 2014, Margaret Jenkins will for the first time serve as a mentor to three Bay Area choreographers in a special program, CHIME at 10.
In 2014, CHIME will include these interrelated programs:
• CHIME in the San Francisco Bay Area, for Bay Area choreographers;
• CHIME in Southern California, for Los Angeles County choreographers; and
• CHIME Across Borders, for exchange between Bay Area choreographers and national choreographers.
The goals of CHIME are:
• to improve the quality of choreography and the general health of our dance field;
• to encourage and stimulate the artistic growth of emerging choreographers;
• to foster exchange between emerging and established choreographers;
• to create an arena for the rigorous, critical analysis of choreography;
• to set up an ongoing format for sharing career experience, observations and dance history;
• to promote continuing education of choreography outside of the academic environment;
• to establish long-term relationships between dance community members; and
• to diminish the isolation so prevalent among working choreographers.