About Megan Mayer
"Mayer's is a subtle but moving magic."
I am an artist working with choreography, dance, experimental video and photography. I obsess over mimicry, tenderness, wry humor, empathy, fake bad timing and exacting musicality. My work offers glimpses of internal terrain and unexpected expressive delicacies. By exposing tiny emotional undercurrents concerning the body, I construct a unique perspective of what dance can be: virtuosity in vulnerability and a victory in a gesture. Drawn to the edges of the experience of performing: the anticipatory rapid heartbeat before going onstage, and the regretful relief after exiting, my work often reveals where that switch lives in the body.
My show Soft Fences won a Sage Dance Award for Outstanding Design (2015), and my work has been generously supported by a commission by the Right Here Showcase (2016), a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant (2014), a residency at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography in Tallahassee, Florida (2012) and a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Choreographers (2010). Additionally, a Jerome Foundation Travel Study Grant (2010) afforded me a choreographic mentorship and workshop with New York dance artist Douglas Dunn.
My dances have been commissioned by the Right Here Showcase, dancer Nic Lincoln, Southern Theater, Walker Art Center and Minnesota History Center. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota since 1991, I earned a B.A. in Dance from the University of Minnesota during the first few eclectic years of the prestigious Cowles Land Grant Chair .