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. I enjoy exposing where things might fall apart. I’m interested in energetic shifts within the body and outwardly—how dancing presence relates to the energy of a place, an object, a viewer. I believe that dance itself can be a radical action, a rebellion and celebration.
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Meg Wolfe is dance-maker/interdisciplinary artist based in Deer Isle, ME, relocated from Los Angeles, CA. She creates theatrical and site-responsive dance works, visual objects, installations, and community organizing initiatives. With choreographic thinking and physical gesture, her works often address queer visibility and environmental issues. Recent projects in Maine include PIECE/WORK performance installation at Speedwell Contemporary (Portland), developed in residency at The Cannery (Penobscot); 2020 Harbor Residency artist at Opera House Arts (Stonington); Performance Objects: Drama Queens exhibit at Reversing Falls Sanctuary (Brooksville); take the long way home Maine Moves series (Portland).
Based in Los Angeles from 2004-2019, Wolfe was the founding director of Show Box L.A.; running the organization from 2009-2020. She produced numerous dance events in theaters, studios, bars, warehouses, ballrooms, galleries, social clubs – from the roving low tech Anatomy Riot series (2006-12) to fully produced works by guest artists. She created and managed the studio residency project we live in space (2016-20); was a founding co-editor of itch dance journal (2006-13); and Coordinator for Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange in Southern California (2008-12). She was honored as a Cultural Trailblazer by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (2018).
Her full-evening performance works include New Faithful Disco (2016); Shannon Does Cloudland (2013); trembler.SHIFTER (2011); and The Return of Captain Ladyvoice (2007). New Faithful Disco was a 2016 National Performance Network Creation Fund and Forth Fund Project co-commissioned by REDCAT, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), DiverseWorks, Z Space, and NPN. It was noted in Artforum’s Best of 2016 – The Year in Performance. In 2018 she was performer and rehearsal director for a retrospective of work by Sylvia Palacios Whitman for the Pacific Standard Time Festival.
Prior to Los Angeles, her early work was presented in NYC at venues such as Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s, The Kitchen, Movement Research at Judson Church, and others. She danced in the works of Vicky Shick (1999-2003), Clarinda Mac Low, Susan Rethorst, and others.
Wolfe has been supported by the National Performance Network, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, Center for Cultural Innovation and Durfee Foundation ARC Grants, CHIME, Danspace Project Commissioning Initiative and Meet the Composer; and through residencies at REDCAT, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Performance Works NorthWest; UCLA World Arts & Culture; Show Box LA with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.