Soft Fences
Soft Fences will premiere in 2014 and 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.

Material from Soft Fences will be presented June 19, 2014, as part of the Dance USA Conference, at the TEK BOX in Minneapolis.

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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.

Material from Soft Fences was shown on September 21, 2012 as part of the Minnesota Contemporary Dance Platform Presenters' Conference in Minneapolis and featured performances by Charles Campbell, Angharad Davies, Greg Waletski, Stephanie Stoumbelis and Megan Mayer, and Sound Design by Elliott Durko Lynch.

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.

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.

As part of the residency, Mayer worked with Film and Video Artist Kevin Obsatz to create video footage to be incorporated into the performance via projection, and with Sound Designer Elliott Durko Lynch to create an original soundscore. Additional collaborators in residence included Charles Campbell, Angharad Davies and Greg Waletski.

In addition to material generated during the MANCC residency, Soft Fences incorporates material from the duet Soft Fences, performed by Waletski and Mayer in November 2013 at You're Soaking In It at the Bryant-Lake Bowl and initially in February 2011 at the University of Minnesota Barbara Barker Center for Dance, as well as from the trio Yaw, performed by Campbell, Davies and Durko Lynch in November 2011 at the Walker Art Center's Choreographer's Evening.

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