CHOREOGRAPHY - COLLABORATIONS - EXHIBITIONS
SECOND NATURE (2020) - Holman Gallery artist talk and virtual exhibition at Sierra Nevada University
Second Nature aims to challenge our perceptions of invasiveness and our entitlement to act as the gate keepers of belonging for the more than human world. I propose, instead, a physical empathy practice with the more than human world that encourages a greater sense of integration and reciprocity. Throuhgout the presentation, I show a series of dance films and poetic musings that reflect my own physical empathy practices.
BLAZE (2021) - Installation and Performance COMING SOON at Engine in Biddeford, ME.
OPERATIVE WORD by musician Wes Leslie 2020- San Francisco, CA.
Music Video Choreography 2020
DWELLING (2020) - Tahoe Gallery Exhibition - Incline Village, NV.
Dwelling - intimacy in three parts is a shared exhibition of works by Scott McPheeters, Megan Ping (Dallas, TX) and Dwayne Bandy (Austin, TX), curated by Ashley Stull Meyers.
"The most vulnerable of gestures is admitting what one wants. The challenge isn’t in revealing something momentary – something fleeting or reactive – but in vocalizing the deeper motivations surrounding things we dream of, and may or may not ever attain. The works of artists Dwayne Bandy, Scott McPheeters, and Megan Ping all grapple with these vulnerabilities through humor, tenderness, and moments of existential dread. Their projects are conceptually rooted along the gamut of the hyper local – be it one’s hometown, the gathering of a niche community, or a place that only exists in the mind. They reveal the value of desire when enacted through the hopefulness of risk. As a series of relational experiments, the works personify notions of dwelling –- some as acts of lingering steadfastly in a particular state of mind, and some with the physicality of positioning oneself within the context of an intimate circumstance." - Ashley Stull Meyers
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PROJECT empatheTICK (2019) - Subcircle Residency - Biddeford, ME.
Project empatheTICK is an ongoing, social performance practice that challenges how states of belonging are created, acquired and preserved in different communities. Dressed as a deer tick, McPheeters hosts storytelling events (“Tick Talks”), tick-drag performances, and community conversations around belonging and identity. project empatheTICK liberates ideologies about what it means to belong and aims to prove that it's possible to discover threads of empathy in even the most unlikely circumstances. The following images document a two week residency and performance at Subcircle Residency in Biddeford, Maine.
IMPASSE (2019) - Finnish Hall - Berkeley, CA. -
Created in collaboration with dance artist, Suzanne Beahrs.
COMPROMISING PERMISSIONS (2019) - Joe Goode Dance Annex - San Francisco, CA.
This work-in-progress performance represents a first draft investigation of how to fuse public and private spaces. How do we observe spaces and question ourselves within them differently depending on their public or private identities? How might it be useful to retain the questions and considerations of how we move in public space when entering a private environment?
OTHER SKIN (2018) - Sierra Nevada University - Incline Village, NV.
This performance was developed as a continued investigation into the history of leather use in gay male communities, questioning how the materiality of leather as a second skin has had the ability to provide a soft armoring, allowing gay men to experience vulnerability and engage with intimacy. What spaces, objects, clothing, people act a vehicles for intimacy in our lives? The installation includes music by Kip Kipperman and six sewn leather works on the sides of the tent also made by me.
INTIMACY STUDY (2018) - Finnish Hall - Berkeley, CA.
This short dance film (footage by Jenny Stullberg) documents a improvisational dance and intimacy practice shared with dance artist, Melecio Estrella.
SOMA SOLO (2018) - LEVYdance Salon - San Francisco, CA.
This work explores the many disorientating paradoxes that exist within the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco and the body as tourist.
ARRIVING THE SKIN OF THE BONES (2018) - Shawl-Anderson Dance Center Salon - Berkeley, CA.
LISA FREEMAN COMMUNICATION STUDY (2018)
This research collaboration with artist, Lisa Freeman, was initially conducted in Incline Village, NV, and was shown at the Sage Hen field research station outside of Truckee, CA. For this project, I conducted an oral history style interview with Lisa, used her language to create a movement score for her that I simultaneously facilitated and photo-documented, and then used the resulting images and text to create the following postcards that were then given to her as a gift.
PROJECT FLAX (2018)
The photos and video below document a collaboration between myself and fiber artist, Sarah Lillegard. Our interest in the relationships between artist, art object, landscape, and the camera led to the following investigations in the high desert just outside Reno, NV.
HOLD STILL WHILE I FIGURE THIS OUT (A Subcircle Production - Co-Director / Lead Collaborator) 2017
Glass Factory / Fringe Arts - Philadelphia, PA. + Mechanics Hall - Portland, ME.
Created in collaboration with Subcirle company members Niki Cousineau, Jorge Cousineau, and Christy Lee
SUITCASE SERIES (A Subcircle Production - Co-Director/Lead Collaborator - 2017) L'Etage - Philadelphia, PA.
A short film based on Subcircle’s live Suitcase Series performance. This playful experiment takes a look at how our words or gestures are often misinterpreted, exaggerated and twisted and asks how can we shift the size, weight and shape of our actions to communicate more accurately. This work was made in collaboration with Niki Cousineau, Jorge Cousineau, Christy Lee, and Sean Lally. Film editing by Jorge Cousineau
ENCHANTMENT THEATRE COMPANY (RESIDENT CHOREOGRAPHER 2014 - 2018)
MY FATHERS DRAGON (2017) - National Tour
PETER RABIT TALES (2015) - National Tour
ALADDIN AND OTHER ENCHANTING TALES (2014) - National Tour
THE BEAST IN THE BAYOU (2017)
THE BRAVE LITTLE TAILOR (2015)
THE FISHERMAN AND THE FLOUNDER (2014)
PRESENTING YOU FIRST, WITH THE HOPE FOR RECIPROCATION (2015) - Your Move Festival - Hoboken, NJ.
Created in Collaboration with Gina Hoch-Stall
YA NEVER KNOW (2014) - Evening Of Duets - Community Education Center - Philadelphia, PA.
Created in collaboration with Lindsay Browning
GREAT EXPECTATIONS (An Arden Theater Production - Choreographer) 2014 - Philadelphia, PA
SALTLESS IMMORTAL (2012) - Undertow Festival - Christ Church Neighborhood House - Philadelphia, PA
Performed by Gina Hoch-Stall
OFF THE CHAIN (2012) - SoLow Festival - Mascher Co-op - Philadelphia, PA.
Performed and Directed by Thomas Choinacky