About Megan Mayer
photo by Theo Goodell
Megan Mayer is a choreographer, performing artist and photographer born in 1968. Professionally based in Minneapolis since 1991, 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.
Mayer is a Fiscal Year 2014 recipient of a 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. Mayer's work has been generously supported by a 2012 residency at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) in Tallahassee, Florida, through a pilot partnership with The McKnight Foundation in collaboration with Springboard for the Arts. Mayer is a recipient of a 2010 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Choreographers, funded by the McKnight Foundation and administered by Springboard for the Arts. Additionally, she was awarded a 2010 Jerome Foundation Travel Study Grant, affording her a choreographic mentorship and workshop with New York dance artist Douglas Dunn.
As a performer, she has had the pleasure of working with Charles Campbell, Angharad Davies, Emily Johnson, Mad King Thomas, Kevin Obsatz, Karen Sherman, Laurie Van Wieren and Chris Yon.
Her dances have been commissioned by The Southern Theater, The Walker Art Center and the Minnesota History Center, and she has a growing body of work of dances made for film. She holds a B.A. in Dance from the University of Minnesota.