Photo: Keli Brown

Photo: Keli Brown

 

ABOUT MEGAN

MEGAN PAYNE IS A MOVEMENT BASED ARTIST LIVING IN CHARLOTTE, NC. SHE RECEIVED A MFA IN DANCE FROM HOLLINS UNIVERSITY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL AND A BFA IN DANCE FROM OHIO UNIVERSITY. HER CHOREOGRAPHY AND FILMS HAVE BEEN PRESENTED THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES, INCLUDING PERFORMANCES AT THE AMERICAN COLLEGE DANCE ASSOCIATION, AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL, NORTH CAROLINA DANCE FESTIVAL AND DETROIT DANCE CITY FESTIVAL. MEGAN HAS ALSO HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF PERFORMING IN WORKS BY CAMILLE BROWN, JOY DAVIS, ULYSSES DOVE, TRAVIS GATLING, GLADYS BAILIN-STERN, RONALD K. BROWN, AND MARIAH MALONEY. 

MEGAN CHOREOGRAPHS AND PERFORMS WITH CHARLOTTE BASED CONTEMPORARY COMPANY, BARAN DANCE, IS COMPANY DIRECTOR AT DANCE DAVIDSON STUDIO (DAVIDSON, NC), AND TRAVELS, TEACHING AND SETTING WORK AS A INDEPENDENT ARTIST. SHE RECENTLY FINISHED A YEAR LONG, GUEST ARTIST POSITION IN THE DANCE DEPARTMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA CHARLOTTE, AND CREATED A NEW WORK FOR THE TOBACCO ROAD DANCE PRODUCTIONS 2019 RESIDENCY SEASON (DURHAM, NC).

MEGAN IS THE CO-DIRECTOR OF REPCLT, A NORTH CAROLINA NON-PROFIT ADVOCATING RESEARCH AND EXCHANGE IN PERFORMANCE, AND CO-PRODUCER OF LADYFESTCLT, PROMOTING DANCE AND FEMALE MOVEMENT MAKERS IN THE SOUTHEAST REGION. MEGAN IS ALSO A CONTRIBUTING MEMBER OF THE GOODYEAR ARTS COLLECTIVE (CHARLOTTE, NC) AND HAS BEEN AN ARTIST IN RESIDENCE SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 2015. WHEN MEGAN ISN’T DANCING SHE’S SPENDING TIME WITH HER HUSBAND, DAUGHTER ROONEY, AND HER TWO DOG SONS.

*CV and references available upon request.

 

ABOUT THE WORK

I APPROACH MOVEMENT AS A WAY TO RESEARCH AND GAIN A BETTER PERCEPTION OF THE WORLD WE LIVE IN.  HOW OUR BODIES HOLD MEMORIES AND INFLUENCE OUR PERSPECTIVES OF FELT EXPERIENCE ARE CENTRAL THEMES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF MY WORK.  I AM INTERESTED IN THE PROCESS OF DECOMPOSITION; PRESENTING STRUCTURE JUST TO WATCH IT FALL APART, USING MOVEMENT AS A WAY TO MANIFEST NEW FORMS OR WAYS OF BEING.  

THE WORK I CREATE IS DEEPLY INVESTED IN THE PRACTICE OF EMBODIMENT AND SHARED EXPERIENCE WITHIN RELATIONSHIP STRUCTURES.  THROUGH PERFORMANCE, I AIM TO DISRUPT THE PROSCENIUM STRUCTURE BETWEEN AUDIENCE AND PERFORMER, REACHING FOR A MORE VISCERAL REACTION FROM THE WITNESSES’ PERSPECTIVE.  I OFTEN USE ALTERNATIVE SPACES, GALLERIES, OR BLACK BOX THEATERS INSTEAD OF PROSCENIUM SETTINGS, FINDING THAT THE WORK IS BEST EXPERIENCED UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL, ALLOWING THE AUDIENCE TO MOVE THROUGH THE WORK WITH THE PERFORMERS. I AM CURRENTLY EXPLORING DANCE FILM AND HOW MY WORK TRANSLATES ONTO THE SCREEN.

I AM INVESTED IN THE COLLABORATIVE PROCESS, ALWAYS INFLUENCED BY THE POSSIBILITIES THAT ARISE THROUGH REHEARSALS AND INTIMATE CONVERSATIONS, REACHING FOR A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF OUR BODIES AND THEIR LIMITATIONS AND COMPLEXITIES WITHIN THE WORK.  WITH MY COLLABORATORS STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES IN MIND, I HOPE TO MAKE THE AUTHENTIC VISIBLE, ALLOWING MY COLLABORATORS TO EMBODY THE MOVEMENT IN THE WAY THAT FEELS NATURAL AND AUTHENTIC. I ENJOY BEING BEHIND THE SCENES, ALMOST NEVER PARTICIPATING AS A PERFORMER, BUT AS A VIEWER, HELPING SHAPE THE WORK.

 - MEGAN

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Photo: Taylor Jones + Megan Payne