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May 23, 2021, 1pm
Yerba Buena Gardens, East Garden
Yayoi Kambara
With the Dreamers
Performers: Ani Marie Claudio, Amali Hart, Angelika Prackatzsch, Annabelle Thugnet, Eve Haghighi, Evelina Erano-Marenco, Maria Solares-Horsfield,  Kiko Tilles, Sara Yoffie
Music: Daniel Bernard Roumain with text by the dancers
These students connected me during these pandemic times when I felt disconnected to my body, and questioned dancing. They showed up for class on zoom ready to move, learn and simply be present. I am inspired by their resilience, determination and commitment to our field. Thank you dancers for showing up and not giving up. Thank you parents for supporting your talented children. Thank you Andrea Hinman for the incredible support you give the dance students and the teachers at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts. 
Rachael Dichter
Like Folklore
Performers: Kim Ip and Rachael Dichter 
When we started back in early 2020 it was the first time we’d worked together in the studio. The first time we’d shared space. It felt beautiful and luxurious to explore. To begin to find out what was interesting between us, between our bodies. To begin to unearth a relationship built in the space between. Then the pandemic hit and everything came to a standstill. When we came back together in the park recently, a year-and-a-half later, our score has been simply to see what’s still here between us after all the elapsed time.
Liv Schaffer
Performers: Emma Debski, Pakela Newalu-Gomes, Angelica Warden-Palmer
Music: The Balanescu Quartet 

Thank you to LINES Ballet BFA Program & Director, Marina Hotchkiss, for the commissioning of this initially 13 person cast work for the Spring 2021 showcase on the class of 2023 at Dominican University of California.

About the Artists

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: As a third culture kid, assimilation was crucial to Yayoi Kambara’s survival. The instinct to fit in kept her quiet for many years - perhaps she started dancing to talk less. During college, a conversation made Kambara evaluate whether she would want to be the token Asian dancer or dance with a predominantly Asian company. The reality of this was reflected in her career, where she first worked Pearl Ubungen Dancers and Musicians and STEAMROLLER Dance Company later moving to ODC/Dance for over 13 years. Kambara began choreographing in 2015 centering a Japanese American/POC audience creating dance experiences that cultivate a sense of belonging. Last year, she led a Community Engagement Residency for the Bridge Project, Aesthetic Shift, an exchange between dance educators, social justice activists, and choreographers to interrogate the overlap between equity values, creative practices, and organization. Kambara was in the 4th Cohort of APAP (Association of Performing Arts Professionals) Leadership Fellows Program and currently a member of the collective Dancing Around Race with Gerald Casel, David Herrera, Bhumi Patel, and Raissa Simpson. Her current project IKKAI means once: a transplanted pilgrimage is commissioned by the Japanese American Citizens League of San Jose and awarded a Hewlett 50 from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as well as a finalist for the National Dance Project Production Grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts. She is currently exploring ideas for IKKAI XR - an interactive Virtual Reality performance.


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 has been a Community Engagement Artist with Jacob’s Pillow since 2014, developing arts integration methods and working as 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. Liv teaches Contemporary Dance technique, community engaged dance pedagogy, and directs University of San Francisco’s intergenerational dance company; the Dance Generators. Liv was 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. Liv currently designs and implements arts and wellness programming within low income and senior housing facilities around the Bay Area as a Program Director with EngAGE, Inc. (Photo by Steve Disenhof)

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 The Bernard Osher Foundation, The Hellman Foundation, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and many generous individuals.
Our Health & Safety Plan for the event can be found here.
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