Soft Fences
Loss. Transformation. Astronauts.
Premiering December 4-7, 2014
Red Eye Theater, Minneapolis

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Soft Fences features performers Charles Campbell, Angharad Davies, Jim Domenick, Stephanie Stoumbelis and Megan Mayer, and video cameos with Elliott Durko Lynch & Greg Waletski. The Production team includes Sound Design by Elliott Durko Lynch, Lighting Design by Heidi Eckwall and Video Design by Kevin Obsatz and Megan Mayer.

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Soft Fences 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.

Soft Fences is supported by a Fiscal Year 2014 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Soft Fences was researched with generous support from a February 2012 residency at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC), as part of a pilot partnership with the McKnight Foundation in collaboration with Springboard for the Arts.

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Material from Soft Fences has been presented in various iterations, including:
June 2014
Quintet (Campbell, Davies, Mayer, Stoumbelis, Waletski)
Dance USA Conference
TEK BOX, Minneapolis

March 2014
Frank Poole Disco solo (Mayer)
Barker Center for Dance, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

November 2013
Duet (Mayer, Waletski)
You're Soaking In It
Bryant-Lake Bowl, Minneapolis

September 2012
Quintet (Campbell, Davies, Mayer, Stoumbelis, Waletski)
Minnesota Contemporary Dance Platform Presenters' Conference
TU Dance Studio, St. Paul

November 2011
Yaw trio (Campbell, Davies, Durko Lynch)
Choreographers' Evening
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

February 2011
Duet (Mayer, Waletski)
Barker Center for Dance, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

While in residence at MANCC, Mayer visited the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando (which included a unique tour of the Vehicle Assembly Building), interviewed astronaut Norm Thagard, toured the Challenger Research Center in Tallahassee, viewed private screenings of 3D IMAX films about the Hubble telescope and the International Space Station and captured oceanfront footage at St. George's Island. Collaborators at MANCC included Elliott Durko Lynch, Kevin Obsatz, Charles Campbell, Angharad Davies and Greg Waletski.

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