December 4-7, 2014
Loss. Transformation. Astronauts.
Choreographer Megan Mayer's latest work explores the euphoria and terror of space travel and the psychological states of astronauts as a concrete example of displacement through extreme journey, re-entry and orbit. Through a lens both personal and collective, using astronauts and space travel as a metaphor for personal change, it investigates imagery of isolation and the disquieting emotional experience of being stuck between gravity and momentum.
8 PM Thursday, Dec 4, 2014
8 PM Friday, Dec 5, 2014
8 PM Saturday, Dec 6, 2014
2 PM Sunday, Dec 7, 2014 (matinee)
$15 advance through this link: Brown Paper Tickets
$18 at door
with video cameos by Elliott Durko Lynch & Greg Waletski
Sound Design and Production by Elliott Durko Lynch
Lighting Design by Heidi Eckwall
Video Design by Kevin Obsatz and Megan Mayer
Megan Mayer is a choreographer, performing artist and photographer based in Minneapolis who has been making dances for over 22 years. Her dances resonate with audiences by fusing nuanced imagery gleaned from vulnerable situations with a strong sense of musicality and comic timing. Drawn to the peripheries of performance, her work often unearths the moment when someone starts or stops performing and reveals where that switch lives in the body.
She often begins making a dance by identifying still images and film scenes as source material, with her photography playing a key role in the creative process. She enjoys mining the chemistry of a cast, and excels at revealing and showcasing performers’ distinctive personalities and characteristics in her dances. Favoring a detailed sensibility over virtuosity, she is interested in who is doing the moving, and how and why they in particular navigate tasks and interactions.
Soft Fences photos by Megan Mayer and by Al Hall courtesy of MANCC.
Choreographer Megan Mayer is a fiscal year 2014 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support for Soft Fences came from a residency at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC), The Red Eye Theater and generous private donors.