2014 CHIME Awards Announced
The MJDC is thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2014 CHIME (Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange) grants in the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California.

CHIME at 10 in the San Francisco Bay Area

For the past decade, Artistic Director Margaret Jenkins has been curating CHIME, witnessing and facilitating the artist gatherings, advising the mentors and mentees, organizing the showings, and observing the panel selection process. This year, Jenkins brings her immeasurable experience, artistry and mentorship skills directly to three artists selected for a special 10th Anniversary of CHIME in the San Francisco Bay Area. The 2014 CHIME at 10 artistis are:

Margaret Jenkins (Mentor)

Laura Arrington (Mentee)

Gerald casel

nina Haft

CHIME in Southern California

Entering its fifth year in Los Angeles County, CHIME in Southern California is a mentorship program for self-selected pairs of choreographers. The 2014 CHIME in Southern California mentorship pairs are:

Dan Froot (Mentor) and Wilfried Souly (Mentee)

Cari Ann Shim Sham* (Mentor) and Ally Voye (Mentee)

Meg Wolfe (Mentor) and Taisha Paggett (Mentee)

CHIME Across Borders

CHIME Across Borders is 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. The 2014 CHIME Across Borders artists are:

Dana Reitz

Isak Immanuel

Hope Mohr

Raisa Punkki



CHIME at 10 in the San Francisco Bay Area

Margaret Jenkins is a choreographer, teacher and mentor, as well as a designer of unique community-based dance programs, such as CHIME. In the last four decades, she has created an impressive body of work, with over 80 works created on her Company as well as resident companies in the United States and Europe. Jenkins has also received commissions from renowned national and international arts presenters and cultural institutions. A proponent of a fully realized collaborative art, Jenkins has worked with dance, music and visual arts luminaries, including Terry Allen, Alvin Curran, Paul Dresher, Rinde Eckert, Naomie Kremer, David Lang, Bruce Nauman, Alexander V. Nichols and Yoko Ono, among others. In addition to annual performance seasons in San Francisco, her Company tours regularly in this country and abroad. Jenkins' cross-cultural collaborations with companies in India and China, as well as ambitious multi-disciplinary works, have been a highlight of her choreographic attention for the last decade. In 2013, she was awarded a residency at The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Italy. She will celebrate the 40th Anniversary Season of her Company with the West Coast Premiere of Times Bones, a work that draws inspiration from her extensive canon, and the World Premiere of The Gate of Winds, a new cross-cultural collaboration with the Kolben Dance Company of Jerusalem, on April 3 - 6, 2014 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Laura Arrington prefers being called Larry. She is currently working on ADULT, a collaborative duet with Jesse Hewit through 2013. The piece is being workshopped through residency support from Headlands Center for the Arts, KUNST-STOFF arts, and Ponderosa Tanzland. It will preview at Berlin’s Doc 11 and Cork’s Firkin Crane in July. ADULT will premiere at Portland Institute for Contemporary Arts’s TBA festival in September 2013. Larry’s choreography has been seen locally at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Z Space, The Lab, CounterPULSE, ODC, The Garage, Cell Space, Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory, Supperclub, backyards, living-rooms, and in New York at The American Realness Festival. She has been an artist in residence at Headlands Center for the Arts, CounterPULSE, KUNST-STOFF arts, the Garage, and through ODC’s Sandbox Series. She created/curates SQUART, a show that gathers artists to create spontaneous performance works. In two years, SQUART has had over 140 participants, including artists like Big Art Group, Meg Stuart, Keith Hennessy and Annie Sprinkle. She’s been a guest artist in the University of San Francisco’s Dance and Social Justice Department, an artist for Yerba Buena’s Bay Area Now Festival. She is a core member of Keith Hennessy’s Turbulence. She has choreographed for the Cutting Ball Theater, where her work was nominated for a Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Award. She has collaborated with Big Art Group, Erika Chong Shuch, Axis Dance/David Dorfman, Jess Curtis, Keith Hennessy, Amara Tabor Smith, and many others in contexts that range from drag to video art . She has a BFA in dance from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she focused on choreography, art, and gender studies. Her work has been supported by The MAP Fund, Rainin Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, New Stages, Dancer’s Group Lighting Artist in Dance Grant, and Theatre Bay Area’s CA$H grant.

Gerald Casel was born in the Philippines and raised in California where he began dancing in public schools, received a BFA in Dance from The Julliard School in 1991 and a MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2007. He danced in the companies of Michael Clark, Sungsoo Ahn, Stanley Love, Zvi Gotheiner, Russell Dumas, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Lar Lubovitch, and Stephen Petronio where he was a company member from 1991 – 1998 and 2001 – 2005. He served as Stephen Petronio Company’s Assistant Director and Director of Education. Casel has created choreography for The Barnard Project, New York University’s Second Avenue Dance Company, Da Da Dance Projects and The X Factor Dance Company of Scotland. Gerald is Assistant Professor of Dance at University of California, Santa Cruz. He has regularly taught in New York at Dance New Amsterdam and Movement Research as well as a guest at Impuls Tanz and the School for Modern Dance in Denmark. He has been on faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, Marymount Manhattan College, Barnard College, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and most recently as a full-time faculty member at NYU Tisch School of the Arts where he received the David Payne-Carter Award for Teaching Excellence.  He has been Artist-in-Residence at Movement Research, Dance New Amsterdam and The Yard.   He has received grants from the Asian American Arts Alliance, was a finalist for the Urban Artist Initiative (NYFA) and most recently received New Work Award at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He served on the New York State Council on the Arts’ Dance Panel 2007 – 2010. From 2010 – 2011, he was a Professor of Contemporary Dance at Palucca Hoschshule für Tanz Dresden (Germany) and also taught Contemporary Dance at the San Francisco Ballet Summer Program.  He has also been a visiting professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Assistant Professor at Cal State Long Beach.

Nina Haft is Artistic Director of Nina Haft & Company, a Bay Area-based contemporary dance ensemble known for works of gender and cultural commentary and site-specific performance. Nina’s work has been profiled in Dance Magazine and received support from the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company (CHIME), Conney Project on Jewish Arts (UW-Madison), the California Arts Council, and numerous private and public arts foundations.  Nine Haft & Company is also know for the Dance in Unexpected Places Series, offering performances in dockyards, synagogues, bars, parking lots, libraries, trains stations, cemeteries and other liminal spaces.  Nina has presented her work in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New York, Portland, San Diego, and toured internationally to Novosibirsk (Siberia), Amman, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Ramallah. Nina Haft & Company is a company in residence at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center in Berkeley.

CHIME in Southern California

Dan Froot is a performance artist, writer, composer, dancer and saxophonist. He received a New York Dance & Performance Award (a.k.a. BESSIE) for the creation of his music/theater work Seventeen Kilos of Garlic, and a City of Los Angeles Artist Fellowship (C.O.L.A.) for the creation of his gangster-vaudeville, Shlammer.  Dan’s music concerts, theater pieces, and performance events have been presented across the U.S. and overseas by leading art centers. He has composed numerous scores for dance and theater companies, and has taught performance workshops around the country.  He has created an ongoing series of collaborative duets (five, to date) with choreographer David Dorfman, and has danced, acted and played music nationally and internationally with the likes of Victoria Marks, Ralph Lemon, Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks, Mabou Mines, David Cale, Ping Chong & Co., Dan Hurlin, and the legendary Jeff Weiss.  From 1992 – 1996, he was the Director of the Bennington July Program, an intensive academic and cultural enrichment experience for teens at Bennington College, and was a member of the Program’s drama faculty from 1984 – 1992. Currently Dan is an associate at UCLA’s Department of World Arts & Cultures while he continues to create and tour his work.  Dan has been a roster artist on California’s Arts Council’s Performing Arts Touring and Presenting Program and his work has received major support from The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The MAP Fund, the National Endownment for the Arts, The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The City of West Hollywood, AEPOCH Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Meet The Composer, National Foundation for Jewish Culture, The Durfee Foundation, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts, The Vermont Community Arts Foundation, The New England Foundation for the Arts, The Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, and Reader’s Digest.

Taisha Paggett’s work for the stage, gallery and public sphere include individual and collaborative investigations into questions of the body, agency, and the phenomenology of race. Her work has been presented nationally and abroad, including The Studio Museum in Harlem, Danspace at St. Mark’s Church (New York), Defibrillator (Chicago), The Off Center (San Francisco), and BAK Basis Voor Actuele Kunst (Utrecht, NL). As a dancer she’s had the honor of working extensively with David Roussève, Stanley Love Performance Group. Fiona Dolenga-Marcotty, Vic Marks, Cid Pearlman, Cheng-Chieh Yu, Baker-Tarpaga Projects, Rebecca Alson-Milkman, Kelly Nipper, Meg Wolfe, Ultra-red, and with Ashley Hunt in their ongoing collaborative project, “On movement, though and politics.” She lives in Los Angeles and travels to Chicago where she teaches at the Dance Center of Columbia College. She holds a MFA from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance and is co-instigator of the LA-based dance journal project, itch.

Cari Ann Shim Sham* is a magical manipulator of digital, celluloid and moving things, residing in Topanga Canyon where she hunts mushrooms and makes movies. Known for breathtaking surreal imagery, precise manipulation of the edit and cinematic musicality, her films act like poems, opening up the viewer's body through emotional sensation, powerful images, provocative sound and engaging movement.   Awards include Best Director from the First Glance Film Festival & Best Mini Doc from the St. Louis International Film Festival for her film SAND, Best Experimental Short from the New Orleans Film Festival for Two Seconds After Laughter; a dance film collaboration with David Rousseve. She is currently in pre-production on her first feature film, SHEETS, touring video art with Lionel Popkin’s Ruth Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, and David Rousseve's Stardust, in her fifth year of curating the Dance Film Showcase for Topanga Film Festival and teaches Dance for Camera at UCLA and St. Mary's College.  Her recent experience as one of the editors and associate producers for One Day on Earth, the first feature doc filmed in every country of the world on the same day, involved working with over 3,000 hours of footage shot on 10.10.10.  ODOE was screened in over 170 countries, the largest premiere ever, including a screening at the UN General Assembly on Earth Day, 2012, winning the Vimeo Social Change Award. Her live work and video art has shown at the Joyce Soho, & Danspace in NYC, Dance Place, DC, REDCAT, Highways Space, the Belagio: Las Vegas, The Brewery, The Henry Huang Theater and Bergamot Station in Los Angeles, and film work namely at the Laemmle Sunset 7, Mann Chinese Theater, and the United Nations General Assembly as well as 60+ festivals internationally. In her spare time she is an avid edible wild mushroom hunter, photographer and doorknob collector.

Wilfried Souly is a choreographer, dancer, drummer and Taekwondo expert, originally from Burkina Faso in West Africa. He was trained in African traditional and contemporary dances since his youngest age in the acclaimed company “The Bourgeon du Burkina.” In September 2000, he co-founded “Compagnie Tâ” with two other choreographers and co-choreographed many dance pieces presented around the world, including one work that was selected as a finalist at the fifth Choreographic Encounters of Africa and Indian Ocean in Madagascar. The piece was then presented at the Great Barbican Center in London for a full week event. Compagnie Tâ also collaborated with an association of visual artists on Genies de la Bastille, Paris. Willy himself has collaborated with international choreographers and performed in works such as Space i Tiempo, choreographed by Robert Battle (USA) and Gerardo Delgado (Mexico) in Tampico, Mexico; and Dole Danle, with the French Hip Hop Company E.Go, directed by Eric Mezzino and Gilles Schamber. In 2007, Willy moved to Los Angeles and joined Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project as an Associate Director, where he co-choreographed and performed Arbre D’Adaptation (2007), which won the Best Choreography award at “Emerging Above Ground 07”; Sira Kan (2008), presented at the NOW Festival 08; and “Dar Es Salaam” (2009). Willy has collaborated with many local artists and companies, including Maria Gillespie, Victoria Marks,Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre Companyand Viver Brasil Dance Company. He choreographed and produced the dance film Bayiiri (Home Town) in 2011. Willy is a faculty member at the UCLA World Art & Culture/Dance Department and American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA). He teaches community classes at Your Neighborhood Studio in Culver City & Downtown LA.

Ally Voye is a dancer, choreographer, educator and dance filmmaker who began her dance training in Salt Lake City at the Life Arts Center. Ally graduated magna cum laude from the department of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA where she studied extensively with Victoria Marks and Maria Gillespie.  She is co-artistic director of IN/EX Dance Project, a Los Angeles based collaborative dance company dedicated to unconventional performances. Her choreography and film work have been presented at the Freud Playhouse, American College Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, Highways Performance Space, UCLA’s Fowler Museum, UCLA’s Hothouse Choreography Residency, Pasadena Dance Festival, Victoria Reel Dance Film Festival, Kinetic Cinema – NYC, University of Utah’s Dance for the Camera Festival, UMOVE Online Videodance Festival, Looking Left - Santa Cruz, and the American Dance Festival’s Video Dance Festival.  In addition to producing, performing and choreographing locally, Ally is a dance-teaching artist at the Growing Place, First Pres Nursery School and the Crossroads School, Santa Monica.

Meg Wolfe is a Los Angeles-based choreographer/performer, Artistic Director of Show Box L.A., and a founding editor of itch Dance Journal.  Her work has been commissioned by REDCAT; presented locally at Live Arts Exchange, Confusion is Sex #3, HomeLA, Bootleg Theater, Off Center Festival/Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the New Original Works Festival, Highways Performance Space, Sea and Space Explorations, and others.  Her projects have been supported by the National Performance Network Creation Fund, grants from the Center for Cultural Innovation and Durfee Foundation ARC grants, the Danspace Project Commissioning Initiative; and by residencies at the Djerassi Resident Artist’s Program, and the Hothouse Residency program at UCLA.  While living in NYC, she performed in the works of Molissa Fenley, Clarinda Mac Low, Susan Rethorst, and Vicky Shick, among others.

CHIME Across Borders

Dana Reitz, choreographer, dancer and visual artist, often uses silence as a means to reveal the musical nuance of movement itself. On her own and in her collaborations with lighting artists such as Beverly Emmons, James Turrell, and extensively, Jennifer Tipton, she has pioneered the use of light as a physical partner. Her woven movement and light scores – essential, spare and fleeting -- create a continually shifting perception of time and space. Her performance projects include Necessary Weather, a collaborative work with Tipton and dancer Sara Rudner, Unspoken Territory, a solo she created for Mikhail Baryshnikov, Shoreline, Private Collection, Lichttontanz, Suspect Terrain, Circumstantial Evidence, Severe Clear, and Field Papers. She and Baryshnikov toured together with a program of solos; she later created Cantata for Two, a duet for Baryshnikov and Kabuki master Tamasaburo Bando (Tokyo). Ms. Reitz has toured, as a performer and mentor, throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and the US. Since 1973, she has been commissioned/produced by multiple venues internationally including Festival d’Automne (Paris), the Hebbeltheater (Berlin), and BAM’s Next Wave Festival. She is the recipient of two Bessies, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and multiple awards from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Isak Immanuel is an interdisciplinary artist, dancer, and choreographer making work within quotidian spaces, theaters, galleries, and for camera. As a platform to engage local and global questions of place, he founded Tableau Stations (initiated with the project Floor of Sky in 2004). Recent work was at the Attakkalari India Biennial in Bangalore, Dock11 in Berlin, as an Artist Fellow in Japan supported by the Japan-US Friendship Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, at the Taipei Artists Village and the Hualien International Artists Workshop in Taiwan, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea (MADRE) and Fabrica Europa in Italy, CESTA (Cultural Exchange Station Tabor Arts) in the Czech Republic, and at New Langton Arts, Djerassi, and CounterPULSE in the San Francisco Bay Area. The project “Clothes x Sun” was featured in the European dance magazine ballettanz (2009). The work “To” was nominated for the 7th International Choreography Competition no ballet (Germany, 2012). Notable past activities have included projects with Anna Halprin, Katsura Kan, Yuko Kaseki, Thomas Langhoff, Koichi and Hiroko Tamano, Shinichi Iova-Koga, and Luigi Coppola.

Hope Mohr trained at San Francisco Ballet School and on scholarship at the Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown studios. She has performed in the companies of many dance pioneers including Trisha Brown, Margaret Jenkins, Lucinda Childs and Douglas Dunn.  She made her choreographic debut in 1994 (ODC Pilot 13) and founded her own company, Hope Mohr Dance, in 2007.  Mohr is currently an artist in residence at ODC Theater.  She has also been in residence at Montalvo Arts Center and the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Arts, Nature and Dance in New York. She was a 2009 participant in CHIME (Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange) with mentor Molissa Fenley.  In 2010, Mohr was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for her original performance text, a collaboration with poet Brenda Hillman. She has presented her work throughout the country and has been commissioned and/or presented by ODC Theater, Montalvo Arts Center, Stanford University, Lines Ballet BFA Program, and Motion Pacific in Santa Cruz.

Raisa Punkki is a dancer, choreographer and teacher. Her energetic work is known for its combination of abstraction, theatrical costuming and lighting along with a penchant for brooding and haunting electronica as a soundscape. Raisa Punkki graduated with a BfA in Dance Pedagogy and an MfA in Dance at the Department of Dance, Theatre Academy in Helsinki, Finland, in 1992. In Europe she has danced and toured with several dance companies including Anzu Furukawa and Tero Saarinen. Raisa has taught contemporary dance at the dance departments of various Art schools in Europe and US. Raisa has made choreographies for both theater and dance companies. Grants and nominations include two Finnish State Grants, Zellerbach Family and Finlandia Foundation grants, along with a nomination as Finland's Best Dancer of the Year. Since founding punkkiCo in 2005, her choreography and dances have appeared at the ODC's Pilots and House Special, CounterPulse, Dance Mission, Women On the Way Festival and Collaboration Music and Dance. In 2006 and 2012 she was invited to FMD festival, Finland.


Founded in 2004 by MJDC Artistic Director Margaret Jenkins, CHIME seeks to formalize the exchange and feedback mechanisms between established and emerging California choreographers. Based on the core beliefs that open communication between choreographers of different generations is vital to the health of the field, and that artists should be fairly compensated for their work, CHIME provides significant support to established and emerging choreographers working together in mentorship relationships for one year, that includes, but is not limited to, work in the studio. 


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

Funding for CHIME in Southern California is provided by The James Irvine Foundation, with additional funding by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The James Irvine Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, successful and inclusive society. The Foundation's grantmaking focuses on three program areas: Arts, California Democracy and Youth. Since 1937 the Foundation has provided over $1 billion in grants to more than 3,000 nonprofit organizations throughout California. With about $1.5 billion in assets, the Foundation made grants of $65 million in 2011 for the people of California.

Major funding for CHIME Across Borders is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Margaret Jenkins (photo by Paul Trapani), Laura Arrington (Gia Goodrich), Gerald Casel (Sarah Silver), Nina Haft (Allen Stross), Dan Froot (courtesy of the artist), Wildfried Souly (courtesy of the artist), Cari Ann Shim Sham* (courtesy of the artist), Ally Voye (Joe Lambie), Meg Wolfe (courtesy of the artist), Taisha Pagett (Takahiro Yamamato), Dana Reitz (Nancy Campbell), Isak Immanuel (courtesy of the artist), Hope Mohr (Matt Zinn), and Raisa Punkki (Minna Kurjenluoma)
Margaret Jenkins Dance Company
507 Polk St. Ste. 320
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 861-3940

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San Francisco, CA 94102

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