12/9 – Join us for CHIME Live!


Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 7 pm
Live Arts Los Angeles
FREE to the public

Please join the 2012 CHIME artists as they share their insights into mentorship and choreography, and present showings of the work developed during their CHIME year. Hosted by Margaret Jenkins, a Q&A with the audience will follow.

Stacy Dawson Stearns (Mentor) is Bessie Award-winning interdisciplinary performance artist, teacher and scholar investigating symbolic language and the sensory experience of subjective reality. Her work has been presented nationally at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The Yard, PS 122 (NYC), Town Hall (NYC), MassMoCA, The Dance Place (D.C.), The Southern Theater (Minneapolis), RedCat (LA) and The Getty Villa (LA). A principal member of Big Dance Theater from 1993 – 2001, Stacy continues to collaborate with the company through video performance in their internationally acclaimed Commes Toujours Here I Stand, and choreography/ movement consultation for Supernatural Wife (premiered in December at BAM). Other creative collaborations include duet project, “The Outsiders” with Tim Cummings, David Neumann and his Advanced Beginner Group, and Blacklips Performance Cult. In 2012, Stacy is choreographing the finale for the National Theater of the United States of America’s piece, Chautauqua! at the Segerstrom Art Center’s Off-Center Festival, Jan 12 – 14.

Gregory Barnett (Mentee) is a performance and visual artist in Los Angeles, California. Utilizing encoded imagery and gesture through mimetic choreography, comprehensive objectively ritualized criticisms of contemporary sex practices, and inherently kitschy americana-centered idealizations of suburban archetypes, Gregory and his interdisciplinary performing experiment, “DANCEGOOD.DAMNIT!!!”, have created various acclaimed works since 2006. His works include the evening neo-musical, DIE MUTHAFUCKAH DIE!!! (a eulogy) – an inevitably failed attempt towards accepting love’s relentless persistence through the embodiment of pop culture love songs and amateur pornography; and I Will Reapply This Lipstick Until You Give Me A Reason Not To/(going to put a bow on it) – BUT I DON’T UNDERSTAND – YOU LOOKED SO HAPPY., Barnett’s five-hour solo exploiting Betty Hutton’s biography and insufficient parameters. As a visual artist, Gregory is currently touring WHORACLE, a propaganda bomb focused on re-assimilating the Sacred Whore into Christianity.

Julie Tolentino‘s (Mentor) performance work is instigated by activism, care-giving, high profile organizing, and movement/installation/dance/endurance. Tolentino’s projects have been presented since 1998 – including commissions and notable support from Tramway/QueerUpNorth, On The Boards, The Kitchen, Participant Inc., Spill Festival, In Transit, Pact Zollverein, L.A.C.E., amongst others. She leads international workshops in solo-making, yoga and alignment. She is a co-creator of PRAXIS Mohave Bootcamp for Performance Artists and initiated the Feral Gallery, and an annual performance series in Joshua Tree, California. She has worked with artists including David Rousseve/Reality, Ron Athey, Vaginal Davis, Ibrahim Quarishi, Catherine Opie/Rodarte, Meg Stuart, Amy Pivar, Sondra Loring, Margarita Guergue, Barbara Hammer, Stosh Fila, Tom Kalin, Art Positive, Gran Fury, Diamanda Galas. She is certified in Thai, Watsu, Eastern and integrated aquatic bodywork. Her work points to key inquiries around loss, relationship, sexuality, age, intimacy, love and longing. www.julietolentino.com

Jmy James Kidd (Mentee) works out of Pieter, her dance studio and performance space in Los Angeles (opened January 2010). She lived in NY for ten years where she danced for luciana achugar, Walter Dundervill, Neil Greenberg, Stanley Love, Nancy Meehan and Sarah Michelson. She started MGM Grand, a dance trio with Biba Bell and Paige Martin; AUNTS, a performance platform; and CLASSCLASSCLASS, an independent dance pedagogy organization.

Cheng-Chieh Yu (Mentor) began her performance career touring with Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan. Then residing in NYC from 1989 to 2001, she performed in the companies of Gus Solomons, Jose Limon, Bebe Miller, and as a guest artist for the Ralph Lemon Dance Project. Her choreography has been produced by numerous venues in NYC and LA, as well as internationally in China, Singapore, Germany and Taiwan. Choreographic commissions include from Movement Research, Danspace at St. Mark’s Church (NYC), The Yard (Massachusetts), Beijing Modern Dance Co. and Guangdong Modern Dance Co. (China), Sun Shier Dance Theatre and Creative Society (Taiwan), and the Jumping Frames Dance Video Festival, (Hong Kong). She has received funding from City of LA/Cultural Affairs, the James Irvine Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the Durfee Foundation, DTW Suitcase Fund, and the Cultural Council as well as the Arts and Culture Foundation of Taiwan. She is an Associate Professor of the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, UCLA. www.yudancetheatre.com

Sheetal Gandhi (Mentee) is an intercultural, multidisciplinary choreographer and performer. She creates work that is reflective of a life that embraces diversity, observes human experience, and yearns to tell a story. Gandhi’s career has spanned genres and disciplines for the last 16 years and includes her work as a creator and performer in Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion, and a leading role in the Broadway production of Bombay Dreams. She is currently touring her solo tour-de-force dance-theater work, Bahu-Beti-Biwi (Daughter-in-law, Daughter, Wife), which is being supported by an NDP Touring Award for 2012 – 2013. Recent honors include a 2011 L.A. Dance Advance Grant and the 2010 COLA Grant from the L.A. Department of Cultural Affairs. Her work has been presented at The Painted Bride (Philadelphia), The Maui Cultural Center and Kahilu Theater (Maui and Kona, HI), Grand Performances (Los Angeles), The Lab Theater (Minneapolis), Bijlmer ParkTheater (Amsterdam), Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles), The Joyce Soho (NYC), REDCAT (Los Angeles), Erasing Borders Festival (NYC), National Asian American Theater Festival (NYC), and more. www.sheetalgandhi.com

For more information, visit www.mjdc.org or e-mail chimesc@mjdc.org

A project of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, CHIME is an innovative mentorship program for professional choreographers of all dance styles and disciplines.

12/8 Performance – Dream of A Fixed Escape

Dream of A Fixed Escape

Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 8 pm
Live Arts Los Angeles
$15 at the door

Cherise Richards of Riptide Dance, Composer Brendan Byrnes and Video Artist Kerstin Hovland present an evening of dance, live music and video at Live Arts Los Angeles. The works in this production all revolve around modern day forms of escapism and how we condition ourselves to dissociate, fantasize, project, and avert.

Featured Performers include,


Chelsea Yarnell
Cherise Richards
Jordan Saenz
Mark Stuver
Stephanie Zaletel


Brendan Byrnes
Emi Tamura
Gordon Kurowski
Michael Day

We hope to see you at the performance! Please also consider supporting the fundraising campaign for the performers at http://www.indiegogo.com/dreamofafixedescape

11/24 – Cup of Blessings Workshop

Please join us for

The Cup of Blessings Workshop:

Healing Ourselves & the Global Community by Strengthening the Neutral Mind (a.k.a. Heart Chakra)

Saturday, November 24
8:00 – 10:30 pm

$45 at the door or $40 early RSVP: islandsq@aol.com

Join Healing Arts Practitioners Lisa Rouppas and Mary Frances Spencer in a unifying workshop to strengthen the neutral mind (heart chakra) and replenish our cup of blessings. A high-vibrating soundbath with aromatherapeutic essential oils will begin the journey. Hands-on mini body-work sessions for each attendee will follow. Modalities include Myofascial Release Therapy, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Energy & Chakra balancing, and Aromatherapy. An Intuitive Movement experience will close the workshop along with a gentle group meditation.