CHIME

CHOREOGRAPHERS IN MENTORSHIP EXCHANGE
Developed by Margaret Jenkins in 2004, Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME) is a professional mentorship program for choreographers and movement-based artists, based on the core beliefs that open communication between dance-makers of different generations is vital to the health of the field. Since its inception, CHIME has provided significant, direct support to over 150 established and emerging choreographers working together in sustained mentorship relationships, including artist fees to all participants, free rehearsal space, workshops facilitated by guest artists, and participation in free public showings of the ideas generated or developed during their mentorship.
CHIME has supported over 120 California choreographers since its inception in 2004.
The goal of CHIME is to improve the health and vitality of our dance field, by:​
  • creating an arena for the rigorous, critical analysis of choreography;

  • stimulating the artistic growth and confidence of emerging choreographers;

  • establishing long-term relationships between dance community members, particularly between those of differing generations;

  • promoting continuing education of choreography outside the academic environment;

  • fostering an ongoing exchange of career experience, observations and dance history between emerging and established choreographers; and

  • diminishing the isolation so prevalent among working choreographers.

CHIME is supported by San Francisco Grants for the Arts, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Bernard Osher Foundation and many generous individuals.
CHIME 2020

The Margaret Jenkins Dance Company (MJDC) is pleased to announce the recipients of CHIME 2020 - Rachael Dichter, Yayoi Kambara, and Liv Schaffer. Developed by Margaret Jenkins in 2004, Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME) is a professional mentorship program for choreographers and movement-based artists, based on the core beliefs that open communication between dance-makers of different generations is vital to the health of the field. Since its inception, CHIME has provided significant, direct support to over 150 established and emerging choreographers working together in sustained mentorship relationships, including artist fees to all participants, free rehearsal space, workshops facilitated by guest artists, and participation in free public showings of the ideas generated or developed during their mentorship. 

 

For the 2020 program, founder Margaret Jenkins will serve as the CHIME mentor, working with the three local choreographers over the course of three months (January - March 2020). In addition to working with Ms. Jenkins, mentees will have the opportunity to be in dialogue with, and receive feedback from, nationally recognized artists Vicky Shick and Merián Soto during their Encounters Over 60 residences in February and March 2020. Mentees will also receive a small artist stipend and 30 hours of free studio space at the Margaret Jenkins Dance Lab to use for their creative explorations and development.

 

On April 5, 2020, the three mentees will present material generated and/or developed during the year at CHIME Live!, a publicized showing and conversation which is open and free to the public.

2020 MENTEES

RACHAEL DICHTER

Rachael Dichter is a San Francisco based dancer, performer, choreographer and curator. She makes work about closeness. About the shortest distance and shortening the distance between things - between people. She grew up on the ocean and in the mountains and forests of Northern California, performing as a ballerina attending Mills College. She studied performance and classical techniques in New York and Bangalore, India and danced with Fougere Dance in Brussels Belgium. Her own work has shown locally and in Berlin, Cork, St Erme France, Portland, and Seattle. She was a 2015 Danceweb Scholar, a 2017 Artist in Residence at Caldera, a 2019 Artist in Residence at Headlands Center for the Arts, and a Robert Rauschenberg Residency recipient. She has been lucky to collaborate with a number of fierce and talented folks and for four years she co-curated the San Francisco based live arts festival THIS IS WHAT I WANT.

YAYOI KAMBARA

Yayoi Kambara has been a Bay Area artist since 2000. Kambara was a company member with ODC/Dance 2003–2015 and danced with numerous Bay Area Dance Companies. KAMBARA+ DANCERS was founded in 2015 as a vehicle to produce her choreography, focusing on producing dance performance experiences that cultivate a sense of belonging. As a creative partner in the studio, performer, or in the audience, belonging is the bridge built to narrate and perform new works. Currently, Kambara curates a dance performance series at the Asian Art Museum responding to the varied diasporic histories within the Bay. She is completing her final months of Association of Performing Arts Professionals Leadership Fellows Progam and also is a lead artist for Hope Mohr Dance's Bridge Project and leads Aesthetic Shift, a yearlong Community Engagement Residency. Aesthetic Shift is an exchange dedicated to interrogate and analyze the overlap between equity values, creative practices, and organizations. 

LIV SCHAFFER

Liv Schaffer received her Bachelor’s degree from Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program at Dominican University of California in 2013, and has spent subsequent seasons performing with AXIS Dance Company, DanceWorks Chicago, The Dance Exchange, and Robert Moses’ Kin. Liv is a Community Engagement Artist with Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion®, and a Lead Artist with the Pillow's Medicine in Motion program, investigating ways in which dance is a tool for medical practitioners to enhance humane and holistic practices in their work. Liv teaches Contemporary Dance and directs University of San Francisco’s intergenerational dance company; the Dance Generators. Liv is a Shawl Anderson Dance Center 2019 Artist in Residence, and her choreography has been presented by DanceWorks Chicago, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Performance Series, Jacob’s Pillow Lab In Process Series, the JUNTOS Collective, The Big Muddy Dance Company, LINES BFA & Summer Programs, Western Michigan University, and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival ChoreoFest.

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