My choreography is a physical response to the world around us, and our place in it. Moving between structure and chaos, sparseness and lushness, I create dance works both intimate and epic; ranging from evening-length projects to short character studies and video experiments. I look for where the broad picture and small details come together and build in significance.
I am interested in energetic shifts within the body and outwardly—how dancing presence relates to, and has the potential to transform, the energy of a place, an object, a viewer. I believe that dance itself can be a radical action, a rebellion and celebration.
I enjoy exposing where things might fall apart, dismantling heroic activity and expectations of virtuosity, while being a figure of heroic endeavor. What about those things you feel, things that cannot be explained, or take your breath away? It is important to me that the capacity of dance to transmit the mysterious is recognized and felt.
Meg Wolfe is a Los Angeles-based choreographer, performer, and creative instigator. She runs the studio we live in space, located in the neighborhood of Jefferson Park. Her most recent work, “New Faithful Disco” is a 2016 National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund and Forth Fund Project co-commissioned by REDCAT, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), DiverseWorks, Z Space, and NPN. The creation of NFD was supported through development and technical residencies at REDCAT; Performance Works NorthWest Alembic Residency; UCLA World Arts & Culture/Dance Hothouse Residency; Show Box LA with support from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts; and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.
Wolfe has appeared at the FRESH Festival, Bootleg Theater, Live Arts Exchange Festival, the New Original Works Festival at REDCAT, Off Center Festival/Segerstrom Center for the Arts,Confusion is Sex #3 at the Sepulveda Dam Basin, HomeLA, Sea and Space Explorations, Anatomy Riot, Highways Performance Space, and Royal/T Gallery. Early work was presented in NYC at venues such as Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s, Dia Center for the Arts, The Kitchen, The Living Theater, Movement Research at Judson Church, Nuyorican Poets Café, and others. She has appeared as a performer in the works of Vicky Shick (1999-2003); as well as in projects by Jerome Bel, Molissa Fenley, Clarinda Mac Low, and Susan Rethorst.
Her projects have received support from the National Performance Network Creation Fund (2016, 2011), grants from Center for Cultural Innovation and Durfee Foundation (ARC Grants 2011, 2008, 2004), CHIME – Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (2014), the Danspace Project Commissioning Initiative and Meet the Composer; and by residencies at REDCAT, Performance Works NorthWest, the Djerassi Resident Artist’s Program, and the Hothouse Residency program at UCLA, among others.
In her work as founder and director of Show Box L.A., Wolfe has produced dance events in bars, warehouses, ballrooms, galleries, social clubs, studios and theaters; and was a founding co-editor of itch dance journal (2006-2012).