The Margaret Jenkins Dance Company (MJDC) is thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2013 CHIME (Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange) grants in the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California, as well as the 2013 awardees of the cross-national mentorship program, CHIME Across Borders, with choreographer-mentor Tere O'Connor.

The San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California CHIME mentorship pairs for 2013 are:

CHIME in the San Francisco Bay Area

Erika Chong Shuch (Mentor) and Katie Faulkner (Mentee)

Folawole (Mentor) and

Byb Chanel Bibene (Mentee)

Amy Seiwert (Mentor) and

Tanya Bello (Mentee)

chime in Southern California

Barak Marshall (Mentor) and Rebecca Pappas (Mentee)

Nancy Keystone (Mentor) and

Liz Hoefner Adamis (Mentee)

Ros Warby (Mentor) and

Sarah Leddy (Mentee)

The 2013 CHIME Across Borders artists are:


Tere O'Connor (Chair)

Christy Funsch (Mentee)

Monique Jenkinson (Mentee)

Lisa Townsend (Mentee)



CHIME in the San Francisco Bay Area

Erika Chong Shuch is a choreographer and director who makes original performance work with her company, the Erika Chong Shuch Performance Project, a resident company at Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco. In addition to creating her own dance theater work, Erkia is also a choreographer and director for theater. In 2012, Erika was a resident at Berkeley Rep (Groundfloor Program) and worked as the Movement Director for The Conference of Birds at the Folger Theater in Washington DC. A recipient of the Gerbode Foundation’s Emerging Choreographer ‘s award, Erika’s work has been commissioned by Chang Mu Dance Company in Korea (2011), Daejeon Metropolitan Dance Company (Korea, 2011), Dancers’ Group’s ONSITE program (2010), and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (2008). Erika is an adjunct faculty member for American Conservatory Theater’s (ACT) MFA program. Upcoming collaborative/ choreographic projects include: The Unfortunates at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Eric’s Ehn’s Soulographie Project/ Dogsbody at LaMama/ NYC.

Katie Faulkner has been creating dance work for the stage and screen since 2002. Her work has received support in the form of numerous commissions, residencies and awards. An ODC Theater Artist-in-Residence from 2009-2011, she has received Isadora Duncan Dance Awards in the categories of Choreography, Performance, and received a special award for her 2008 dance film, LOOM. She has also been nominated for Izzies in the categories of Music/Text/Sound and Visual Design. In 2011, she received the top prize in the Joyce Theater A.W.A.R.D. Show/ San Francisco competition as well as the San Francisco Bay Guardian GOLDIE Award for dance. She works as an active freelance choreographer and teacher throughout the Bay Area and is currently on faculty at the University of San Francisco, ODC, and the LINES BFA program.

Folawole is an international solo artist and choreographer who works with various physical, emotional and theoretical possibilities. His work tends to shift between what is and isn’t improvised. He is interested in the production of knowledge around movements that exists with or without our cognitive perception. He is inspired by global exchanges that are safe, healthy, fun, meaningful and sustainable. He is inspired to cultivate, educate and challenge perspective of the African diaspora in contemporary dance. He participated as a mentee in the 2009 CHIME in the SF Bay Area program.

Byb Chanel Bibene is a choreographer and performer working in theater and contemporary dance. His own technical and aesthetic sensibility is rooted in the culture and dances of his country of origin. He has toured and performed internationally with companies originating from Africa, England, France and the USA. In 2006, Bibene co-founded Li-Sangha dance company, whose work Mona Mambu received two Laurels and the 3rd place award at Les Rencontres chorégraphiques de l’Afrique et de l’Océan indien, and likewise won the Radio France Internationale Dance Prize for 2006. Bibene co-directs the festival Rue Dance, which brings contemporary dance performance into the streets and public spaces of Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. Bibene relocated to San Francisco in 2009. Upon Byb’s relocation to San Francisco, he had the opportunity to present his work in the 2010 San Francisco International Arts Festival (SFIAF).

Amy Seiwert’s collaborations with artists of other disciplines and commitment to experimental work from a classical base make her a unique voice in the Bay Area dance community. As Rita Feliciano wrote, “She quite possibly is the Bay Area’s most original dance thinker, taking what some consider a dead language and using it as a 21st century lingo to tell us something about who we are.” She was listed in the “25 to Watch” (Dance Magazine), the “Hot 20 under 40” (7x7), was honored with a “Goldie” award (SFBG), and twice her choreography has been listed in the “top 10” dance events by the Chronicle (2007, 2010). Twice she has worked with dancers from NYCB, participating in the NY Choreography Institute at the invitation of Peter Martins. She is honored to be a Choreographer in Residence for Smuin Ballet as well as Artist in Residence at the ODC Theater.

Tanya Bello, a Marymount Manhattan College BFA in Dance, studied in the schools of Jose Limon and Martha Graham. After graduating, Tanya became the Assistant to the Artistic Director of the Martha Graham Dance Company and Trust and performed with numerous companies in Washington DC, New York City, and the SF Bay Area. She is currently dancing with Garrett + Moulton Productions and started her own dance company, Project B. in May 2010. She has been awarded a grant from the Zellerbach Family Foundation for her work Moveable Feast (2011) and for her work Sol y Sombra (2012) along with a grant from the William and Hewlett Foundation. Project B. has been awarded three evenings at the Dance Mission Theater under the Down and Dirty Series (July 2011). She is currently the first dance artist in residence at Tres Sabores Winery, Rutherford, CA and recently received the Dancers’ Group Lighting Artist in Dance Award with Kevin


CHIME in Southern California

Barak Marshall was born and raised in Los Angeles and is the son of acclaimed dancer, choreographer and musician Margalit Oved. Since his accidental entrance into dance in 1995, Barak established himself as one of Israeli dance’s most innovative and unique voices. In 1999, Barak was appointed by Ohad Naharin as the Batsheva Dance Company’s first-ever house choreographer; he created several works for both the junior and senior companies before severely breaking his leg in 2001 and leaving dance compeletely.  In 2008, the Suzanne Dellal Centre invited Barak to return to Israel to create Monger.  Following the success of Monger, in 2009 Barak was co-commissioned by Suzanne Dellal and the Israeli Opera to create Rooster.  Both Monger and Rooster works have toured throughout Israel, Europe, Asia and the United States including performances at Montpellier Danse, Dance Umbrella UK, Jacob’s Pillow Festival, Switzerland’s STEPS Festival, as well as in China, Spain, Romania, Italy, Yugoslavia, Croatia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and South Korea. Barak’s latest work for Suzanne Dellal premired in November 2011. In 2012 Rooster was presented at Lyon’s Maison de la Danse as well as the Holland Danse Festival. This year Barak created a new work for BODYTRAFFIC as we as new new works for Ballet Jazz de Montreal and Cisne Negro Dance Company in Sao Paolo, Brazil. He was also commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center to create a new work for the opening show of the season. In 2013, Barak will be creating a new work for Rambert Dance Company in London. Barak is also a singer of Middle Eastern and classical music and has performed as a soloist with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project. He splits his time between Tel Aviv and Los Angeles.
Rebecca Pappas attended Connecticut College from 1997 to 2001, where she studied dance under Dan Wagoner and Jeremy Nelson. Upon graduation Pappas moved to Oakland, CA where she began choreographing under the name Pappas and Dancers. There she created 12 original works and was presented at venues including The Yerba Buena Gardens, ODC Theater, The Cowell Theater, and Theater Artaud. Her company also appeared in the Monterey Dance Festival, Westwave/Summerfest, The Underserved at ODC, The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, and twice at the Women on the Way Festival. During this time she developed a style whose hallmark was delicate, self-contained movement worlds and idiosyncratic gesture.  Since moving to Los Angeles in 2006, she has been well-received by critics and audiences alike, and Sara Wolf of the Los Angeles Times recently referred to her work as "mesmerizing" and "compelling." Pappas and Dancers has received support from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the Clorox Company Foundation, Mellon Committee for Research on the Holocaust and commissions from the Wooden Floor formerly Saint Joseph’s Ballet in Santa Ana, CA.
Nancy Keystone is a theatre director/playwright/choreographer/designer, and visual artist. She is a 2011 United States Artists Hoi Fellow. In Los Angeles, she is the founder/artistic director of Critical Mass Performance Group (since 1985), a multi-disciplinary ensemble dedicated to collaborative development of new movement-theatre works and reinterpretations of classic texts, utilizing traditional and site specific performance spaces. The ensemble’s year-long development process includes many presentations of the works-in-progress. As a freelance theatre productions around the country, as well as opera, festival events, and film. She was 2010 MacDowell Colony Fellow, and 203 recipient of the TCG’s Alan Schneider Director Award. Other grants/fellowships: NEA, APAP/Doris Duke Foundation, Drama League of NY, California Community Foundation. She is a Fellow at Los Angeles Institute of the Humanities at USC, a member of the visiting faculty at UCLA, a frequent university guest lecturer and an instructor in arts-in-education programs nationwide.
Liz Hoefner Adamis is a choreographer, dancer, actor and writer who has been creating dance and dance theater works for the past eighteen years. Since receiving her MFA degree in dance and choreography at California Institute of the Arts in 2001, Liz has created four evening length works, six group works 10 - 20 minutes in length and has performed over 15 original solos in Los Angeles, New York City and abroad. Hoefner Adamis' dances have received seven Lester Horton Award nominations in the categories of performance, choreography, design and music.

Ros Warby is one of Australia's leading dancer/choreographers, creating and performing solo dance work since 1990. Her award winning work has been presented in Australia, Europe and the USA at numerous festivals and venues including recent engagements of Monumental at the 2010 Venice Biennale, Dance Umbrella, Royal Opera House, London, and the Sydney Opera House. Warby has also performed with numerous companies and artists including Lucy Guerin Inc, the Deborah Hay Dance Company, Russell Dumas’ Dance Exchange and Danceworks. Recognized for her unique performance work in all these contexts, Warby has received the Robert Helpmann Award for Best Female Dancer 2007, Greenroom Awards Best female performer (2000  & 2007) and best Solo performer in 2001, an Australian Council Fellowship (2002 – 2004), and the 2007 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award. In 2011, Warby worked with Deborah Hay on the William Forsythe Company’s Motion Bank Project. In 2012 Warby premiered a new, Tower Suites, and will be touring the US with Hay’s As Holly Sites Go/Duet and FIRE.
Sarah Leddy is a Los Angeles-based choreographer who creates physical situations that gesture to states of consciousness related to failure and vulnerability, and that comment on the act of performing. Sarah’s dances have been presented at Highways Performance Space, Diavolo, Anatomy Riot, Max 10, Edge Fest, UCLA, and at CounterPULSE in San Francisco. In addition, she has choreographed for opera and theater productions, and has mentored young choreographers through Shakespeare Center / LA. Sarah performed at LACMA and the Box Gallery with Simone Forti, the REDCAT with Liz Hoefner, Highways Performance Space with Mira Kingsley, the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla with Keith Hennessy and LOWER LEFT, and the Judson Church with Kelly Nipper in the PERFORMA Festival, and is on the Pieter Pasd’s advisory council. She recently received her MFA in Dance from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures / Dance and is a recipient of the Forti Family Scholarship.



Tere O’Connor is based in New York City where he has been making dances since 1982.  He has created over thirty works for his company and toured throughout the US, Europe, South America and Canada. He has also created numerous commissioned works for dance companies around the world, among these have been solo work for Mikhail Baryshnikov and works for the Lyons Opera Ballet and White Oak Dance project. He is a 2009 United States Artist Rockefeller fellow, the recipient of numerous grants from many funding organizations including a 1993 Guggenheim Fellowship, and he has received three "Bessie’s”, New York Dance and Performance Awards.  Mr. O’Connor is a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where he resides for the spring semester.  He teaches frequently both nationally and internationally in various settings and is an active participant in the New York dance community mentoring young artists, teaching, writing, curating and volunteering in various capacities.

Christy Funsch is a dance maker, performer, and teacher. She has had her work presented in Amsterdam, Chicago, London, New York, Phoenix, Toronto, and throughout California. Christy has enjoyed rich collaborative partnerships with Stephen Pelton Dance Theater, Nol Simonse, Julie Mayo, and Sue Roginski. She has also worked with Katie Faulkner, Dandelion Dance Theater, Maxine Moerman Dance Theater, Leslie Seiters, Mary Armentrout, and many others.  Christy holds an MFA in Performance and Choreography from Arizona State University where she studied with Daniel Nagrin, and a Laban Movement Analysis certification from LIMS New York. She has been awarded residencies at CounterPULSE, Djerassi , and the U Cross Foundation. Christy has  received four nominations for Performance from San Francisco’s Isadora Duncan Dance Awards Committee, and she has been awarded several grants from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, CA$H and most recently, a New Stages for Dance Award from Dancers’ Group and the MetLife Foundation.

Monique Jenkinson is a multi-discipline performer and choreographer who revels in femininity, glamour, process and above all physicality. She works in a variety of venues, communities, and configurations. Exploring connections and tensions between art and entertainment, she strives to invite, reveal, and communicate- to acknowledge the shared experience between performer and observer. After a rigorous ballet training, she emerged out of a feminist, postmodern dance practice at Bennington College, but grew toward a tradition of queer performance that uses glamour, excess, and drag. Yvonne Rainer said ‘no to spectacle’ so that I could say yes to sequins. This fall she begins work on a new piece Instrument, on which she collaborates with choreographers Chris Black, Amy Seiwert and Miguel Gutierrez. Her ongoing project, drag queen alter ego, Fauxnique, is a fixture on the experimental performance scene and made history as the first woman to win the Miss Trannyshack Pageant.

Lisa Townsend creates experimental contemporary dance that draws on raw physicality, intimate gesture, and a theatrical sensibility. With her company she has been presented in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Europe. Venues and festivals include; St. Marks Church-in-the-Bowery, P.S. 122, Joyce SoHo, Dixon Place, Movement Research @ Judson Church, La Chalibaude Festival, L.A.'s Annual Dance Kaleidoscope, Los Angeles Women's Theater Festival, for several performances at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (L.A.C.E.), LATC, West Wave Dance, Dance Mission Theater, Project Artaud Theater, CounterPULSE, and Cowell Theater. She has co-produced evenings at L.A.C.E., L.A.'s Downtown Playhouse, ODC Theater and for two seasons at Joyce SoHo in NYC. Nominated "young choreographer to watch" in ballettanz magazine, she has also received support from Meet the Composer (NYC), Marin Arts Council, Theater Bay Area CA$H, Zellerbach Family Foundation, in residency at ODC Theater, as a Creative Capital Fellow at Headlands Center for the Arts and CounterPULSE's ARC. Recently she created her first dance film CLUTCH.



Founded by Margaret Jenkins and administered by the MJDC (which enters its 40th Anniversary Season in 2013), CHIME has involved over 90 artists since its inception in 2004 and now includes three distinct programs:  CHIME in the San Francisco Bay Area and CHIME in Southern California, both programs for self-selected pairs of mentors and mentees, and CHIME Across Borders, in which choreographer-mentors of renown come to San Francisco to work with three local dance-makers over the course of one year.

In 2010, the MJDC launched CHIME Across Borders, a cross-national program that arranges for choreographer-mentors of renown to work in San Francisco with three local dance-makers over the course of one year, creating the opportunity for a sustained and intimate exchange between an established master choreographer and Bay Area mentees.  Past Chairs include choreographer and director David Gordon (2010), and media and movement artist Ralph Lemon (2011). Elizabeth Streb, self-described “Action Architect” is currently concluding her year-long work as Chair with the 2012 mentees. In June, the MJDC announced the selection of Tere O’Connor as the 2013 Chair.


Funding for CHIME in the San Francisco Bay Area has been provided by The Fleishhacker Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The San Francisco Foundation, with additional support from Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, The Bernard Osher Foundation and generous individuals.

Major funding for CHIME in Southern Californiahas been provided by The James Irvine Foundation with additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

Major funding for CHIME Across Borders has been provided by The Andrew Mellon Foundation.

Photos (left to right, top to bottom): Erika Chong Shuch (photo by Pak Han), Katie Faulkner (Adam Shemper), Folawole (Takashi Kawashima), Byb Chanel Bibene, Amy Seiwert (Andrea Basile), Tanya Bello (Marco Gallerizzo), Barak Marshall (Daniel Tchetchik), Rebecca Pappas (Nick Sardino), Nancy Keystone (Jamie Grady), Liz Hoefner Adamis (Polly Cole), Ros Warby, Sarah Leddy (Heather Coker), Tere O'Connor (Natalie Fiol), Christy Funsch (Alex Keitel), Monique Jenkinson (Michelle Blious), and Lisa Townsend (Piro Patton).