MARGARET JENKINS DANCE COMPANY ANNOUNCES THE
CHIME (CHOREOGRAPHERS IN MENTORSHIP EXCHANGE) 2018 GRANT RECIPIENTS
FOR CHIME IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA WITH MENTOR MARGARET JENKINS
The MJDC is pleased to announce the recipients of CHIME in the San Francisco Bay Area 2018. For the 2018 program, founder Margaret Jenkins will serve as the CHIME mentor, working with three local choreographers over the course of the year.
The recipients are:
Claudia Anata Hubiak, choreographer, film-maker, teaching artist in San Francisco and founder and artistic director of The Anata Project.
Amy Foley, dance-maker, teaching artist, performer, and artistic director of Bellwether Dance Project.
James Graham, choreographer, performer, teacher and artistic director of James Graham Dance Theatre.
Complete artists’ biographies are available by request or online at:
CHIME SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA 2018
For over 40 years, Margaret Jenkins has been inspiring audiences across the United States and throughout the world with stirring and intelligent dance created in collaboration with composers, poets and visual arts luminaries. Since 2004, she has been curating CHIME, witnessing and facilitating the artist gatherings, advising the mentors and mentees, organizing the showings, and observing the panel selection process. In 2014, Jenkins brought her immeasurable experience, artistry and mentorship skills directly to three artists selected for a special 10th Anniversary CHIME San Francisco Bay Area, called CHIME at 10. The program in 2018 will be based upon the successes of CHIME at 10 and the re-launch of CHIME San Francisco Bay Area in 2017, with enhancements made from the suggestions of those choreographers who took part in the CHIME at 10 program and CHIME San Francisco Bay Area 2017.
Founded by Margaret Jenkins and administered by the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, which entered its 43rd Season this year, CHIME has supported over 120 California choreographers since its inception in 2004. Based on the core beliefs that open communication between dance-makers of different generations is vital to the health of the field and that artists should be fairly compensated for their work, CHIME has provided significant support to established and emerging choreographers working together in sustained mentorship relationships over the course of a program year.
An advisory panel of 2017 CHIME mentees and specialists in the dance field reviewed the proposals and selected, in consultation with Ms. Jenkins, the CHIME grant recipients. The panel consisted of
Eric Garcia, Co-Director of detour dance, choreographer, performer, filmmaker, teacher and activist whose feet are deeply rooted in the Bay Area
Nol Simonse, Dancer, teacher, and choreographer actively working in the San Francisco Bay Area for 19 years
Lauren Simpson and Jenny Stulberg, Co-Artistic Directors of Simpson/Stulberg Collaborations, choreographers, performers and teachers
Ryan T. Smith, Co-Artistic Director of RAWdance, Collaborator Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, working in the Bay Area for 13 years
ABOUT MARGARET JENKINS
Margaret Jenkins is a choreographer and mentor to many young artists as well as a designer of unique community-based dance projects like Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME). Jenkins began her early training in San Francisco. In the sixties, she moved to New York to study at Juilliard, continued her training at UCLA and returned to New York to dance with Gus Solomons, Jr., Jack Moore, Judy Dunn, Twyla Tharp, and Viola Farber. During this time and up until 1976 she taught for and was an assistant to Merce Cunningham in restaging his works. Since her return to San Francisco, where she has worked now for over four decades, the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company has been a part of the cultural fabric of San Francisco, dedicated to the making and touring of new work, international exchange, and programs that support choreographic mentorship and performance opportunities. She has made work for numerous other companies including the San Francisco Ballet for their 75th anniversary season. She has been acknowledged through dozens of commissions and awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Bernard Osher Cultural Award. Her Company celebrated its 40th anniversary season in 2014, performing a new cross-cultural work, The Gate of Winds, with the Amir Kolben Dance Company, and Times Bones. In 2015-16, she created Site Series (Inside Outside) which was performed over 35 times in the United States and most recently Sweden. For her 43rd season, Ms. Jenkins and her Company premiered Skies Calling Skies Falling and a reimagined Site Series for the Wilsey Center in the War Memorial Building in San Francisco.