Thursday, March 17, 2016

Agora Dance

A few weeks ago, I got to choreograph a new solo on Agora Dance. My first legitimate commission! What a treat to work with Katherine Roth and Melissa Lineburg! Here are a few screenshots from rehearsals at Swarthmore College. The piece will have it's DC premier in May!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Every time I make a solo...

...I end up making at least 10. Here's another snippet from the most recent bunch. Watch video here.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Pinch me, I'm dreaming and Wait for the Wedgie

Well, that was dreamy. I just got back from Silo and am already fantasizing about my next trip.

Here are a pair of improvs from this morning that I'm thinking need to be sandwiched together into a clowny dance solo. For the past 3 years I've been in love with this music by Rupa and the April Fishes, which was recommended to me by a favorite Italian teaching dance artist, Giorgio Rossi.

Enjoy! Armpit stains, wedgie picks, and all!

watch "mal de mer"

and then

watch "plus que moi"

Friday, December 18, 2015


I have a residency at Silo Kirkland Farm this weekend! I knew it would be dreamy, but turns out its mind bogglingly amazing and dreamy. I have met 4 friendly dogs and horses, roamed around muddy trails, and noodled in a barn studio all day. I don't quite know what to do with myself! One idea: roll around in a sweat suit to epic tunes: Watch on the YouTube

Monday, October 26, 2015

Commuter Prose

Birthday Poem

"Just have fun," she said.

This morning, I woke up 25.
There's still a five-year-old chick in my eyes.
First thought?
I should have gotten that tattoo.
Let's go for a ride.

My car is parked under I-95 which is framing a thickly pink sunrise.
6 miles, 7 minutes.
I'm playing traffic games with XPN under the channel 6 hot air balloon.
My dimples are hugging my cheek bones.
Every follicle on my scalp appreciates your best wishes.

The sunrise is behind me now and I'm staring at a mack truck butt.
Clouds emerge and I guess we're all growing older.

"2 ounces of fun," said my Wegman's espresso man.
Dear Breakfast Sandwich,
I love you, prematurely.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Keeping "Coats" Alive and a New Solo for Another Meredith

In the past month alone, "Coats" has been performed in all sorts of forms and places. First, a sneak preview at Bourbon & Branch's first open mic poetry night. Then Antonia, Sophie, Wally, Blythe, and Hannah shared the first 10 minute version as part of inHale Performance Series. A couple weeks later, Jenelle joined this same group for two runs in the Etc. Performance Series (3 photos by Bill H below). Finally, Blythe, Wally, and I performed a trio version in a fundraiser show alongside mostly Indian dance.

Most of the piece is an improvisational structure. It will always come out differently in the moment, often in response to the audience, space, and expected, but unpredictable collisions. Things I intentionally changed most between shows included costuming under the coats, the use of sunglasses, an interchangeable wall and spot light, music, and alternative endings. The experimental mentality I've had throughout this process has been incredibly freeing and insightful. I think of each version as a final version for that show, but as works-in-progress in the uknown long run.

"Coats" has already taken on so many lives, and I can feel that it wants to keep living and growing and morphing for new spaces and bodies. Over muffins after rehearsal the other day, we joked about making a series of off-season Holiday editions of the piece.. And a calendar featuring the ladies in coats.. a new version of "Coats" for every season and age.. I'm dreaming about taking "Coats" into schools and senior homes for lecture/dem/workshops.. If I were in school, this would be the beginnings of my thesis concert.

All I know for now is that this piece wants to keep living. I'll be on the lookout and brainstorming for ways to make that happen. Enjoy a few more videos I've edited from rehearsal footage of the most recent trio version..
In other news, my other Meredith was just with me for the weekend. We shared a few wandering adventures, meals, shows, and did some serious play in the studio. Pulling from improv videos she had sent me, we began crafting a solo for her that suddenly became a 9 minute piece that I feel is already just about ready for the world. It's complex, thick, playful, honest, concentrated and distracted all at once. Looking forward to reflecting and coming back to it soon. Currently, the piece is broken up into 3 sections. Here's an image from each in sepia.