Photo: Keli Brown

Photo: Keli Brown

 

ABOUT MEGAN

I AM A MOVEMENT BASED ARTIST LIVING IN CHARLOTTE, NC. I RECEIVED A MFA IN DANCE FROM HOLLINS UNIVERSITY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL AND A BFA IN CHOREOGRAPHY AND PERFORMANCE FROM OHIO UNIVERSITY. MY CHOREOGRAPHIC WORKS AND FILMS HAVE BEEN PRESENTED THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING PERFORMANCES AT THE AMERICAN COLLEGE DANCE ASSOCIATION, AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL, NORTH CAROLINA DANCE FESTIVAL AND DETROIT DANCE CITY FESTIVAL. I HAVE ALSO HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF PERFORMING IN WORKS BY CAMILLE BROWN, JOY DAVIS, ULYSSES DOVE, GLADYS BAILIN-STERN, RONALD K. BROWN, AND MARIAH MALONEY. 

PROFESSIONALLY, I TEACH AND SET WORK AS AN INDEPENDENT ARTIST. I RECENTLY FINISHED A YEARLONG GUEST ARTIST POSITION IN THE DANCE DEPARTMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLING CHARLOTTE, AND CREATED A NEW WORK COURTESY OF THE TOBACCO ROAD DANCE PRODUCTIONS 2019 RESIDENCY SEASON (DURHAM, NC). I AM ALSO A CONTRIBUTING MEMBER OF THE GOODYEAR ARTS COLLECTIVE (CHARLOTTE, NC), AN ARTIST-LED, NONPROFIT RESIDENCY AND EVENTS PROGRAM IN UNDERUSED SPACES.

SINCE MOVING TO CHARLOTTE, COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND COLLABORATION HAVE BEEN FOCAL POINTS IN MY CREATIVE PROCESS AND LINE OF WORK. I AM CO-DIRECTOR OF REPCLT, AN ORGANIZATION EXPANDING THE DIVERSITY OF CONTEMPORARY ART PRACTICES, CRAFTING A PERFORMANCE COMMUNITY UNIQUE TO CHARLOTTE CULTURE, AND CO-CURATOR OF LADYFESTCLT, AN ANNUAL FESTIVAL PROMOTING DANCE AND FEMALE MAKERS IN THE SOUTHEAST REGION.

WHEN I’M NOT DANCING I’M SPENDING QUALITY TIME WITH I’M HUSBAND TOBY, DAUGHTER ROONEY, AND TWO DOG SONS WYATT AND RIGGINS.

*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 MOVERS 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