Partnership Project: McKnight Artist Fellow | Feb 12-25, 2012
Soft Fences (working title)
“Orbit, as I understand it, refers to the trajectory of an object around a moon, planet or star. However, I read another description of it as the exquisite balance between gravity and momentum. That definition intrigues me, because it made me think of people in a transitional state where one is neither arriving nor leaving.” - Megan Mayer, 2010 McKnight Fellow in Choreography.
Through a lens both personal and collective, Mayer explored the themes of transition, displacement, and isolated experience. While in residence, she engaged in extensive research related to space travel and the psychological states of astronauts as a concrete example of displacement through extreme journey and re-entry, orbit, and the physical state of “being between gravity and momentum.” Mayer's Entrypoints included a visit to the Kennedy Space Center, a personal interview with former Astronaut, Dr. Norman Thagard, and a tour of Tallahassee's Challenger Learning Center. She synthesized these experiences along with her collaborators to generate movement vocabulary, a sound score, and video footage for this latest work. The residency culminated with an informal showing and dialogue.
This residency was supported in part by The McKnight Foundation in partnership with Springboard for the Arts.