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Margaret Jenkins to mentor local choreographers for CHIME San Francisco Bay Area 2019.

Guidelines and Applications for CHIME San Francisco Bay Area 2019 will be available August 15, 2018 at www.mjdc.org/chime

SAN FRANCISCO, August 15, 2018 – The Margaret Jenkins Dance Company (MJDC) is pleased to announce the return of the highly successful CHIME (Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange) program. For next year’s program, called CHIME San Francisco Bay Area 2019, founder Margaret Jenkins will serve as the CHIME mentor, working with local choreographers over the course of the year.

CHIME San Francisco Bay Area 2019

Founder Margaret Jenkins will serve as the CHIME mentor, working with local choreographers over the course of the year.

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 2019 will be based upon the successes of CHIME at 10 and the re-launch of CHIME San Francisco Bay Area in 2017 & 2018, with enhancements made from suggestions by the choreographers who took part in those programs.

Reflecting on CHIME’s long history, Jenkins states, “CHIME is a program with a huge mission and an enormous heart. Having witnessed and facilitated the powerful personal connections that artists established through CHIME since it began, and through my work with artists in CHIME San Francisco Bay Area 2017 & 2018, I am poised and excited to take part in this special connection with artists and dance-makers in the Bay Area again in 2019.”

San Francisco Bay Area choreographers are invited to submit a full application to work with Ms. Jenkins by the submission deadline of November 15, 2018. For guidelines, application deadlines, and the date of the free information session, go to www.mjdc.org/chime.


Founded in 2004 by MJDC Artistic Director and Choreographer Margaret Jenkins, CHIME seeks to formalize the exchange and feedback mechanisms between established and emerging California choreographers. CHIME gives professional choreographers financial support and rehearsal space 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.


Margaret Jenkins is a choreographer and mentor to many young artists as well as a designer of unique community-based dance projects like CHIME (Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange). 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. Ms. Jenkins has also served on the board of YBCA and was on the first board of directors of Dance/USA. 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 is currently being performed on tour in the US and abroad. Last October, Jenkins’ Company presented its 43rd season, which featured the world premiere of Skies Calling Skies Falling, which will be on tour in Sweden this September. This year, the Company premiered Toward 45. The evening was a collaboration between Margaret Jenkins, the MJDC dancers, poet Michael Palmer, composer Paul Dresher and artist Rinde Eckert and served as a springboard for exploration into what will be the Company’s 45th anniversary season.

For more CHIME information, please visit www.mjdc.org/chime or call

(415) 861-3940.

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