Johanna S. Meyer

Johanna S. Meyer

Johanna S. Meyer

Johanna S. Meyer presents Hand-Built, a solo initially developed during a New Dance Alliance LiftOff Residency. The piece has been slowly developing over time incorporating red leather gloves, a notebook of drawings and a pair of reading glasses. Out of these props has developed personas: Chicken and Showgirl. Hand-built plays with Meyer’s love of nonlinear comics like some of the Hernandez Brothers’ work and the space between her pages of choreographic notes and actualizing ideas on stage performance.

Johanna S. Meyer is a choreographer and performer based in New York City. Her three full-length dance works include Every Hotel TV Plays On (2001), which was commissioned by Dixon Place, and Teaser (1999), presented at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater; her newest dance called piece.piece was performed at the Studio Theater at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. She has also created eleven short pieces, many in collaboration with Alexandra Hartmann, Tory Vazquez, Maja Rajenovich. Meyer was an artist-in-residence at Movement Research, and has developed her work at The Kitchen’s Dance-In-Progress series, White Oak Dance Project, BAX space grant, and the University of Santa Barbara Summer Theater Lab, among other spaces. Comedic and intricate, her work sometimes employs video and often draws on historical material such as burlesque routines, medical textbooks, and vintage films working with highly defined lines of space to execute these ideas. Meyer has also choreographed for theater works by a number of directors-in-residence at the Ontological Theater at St. Marks Church, including DJ Mendel, Robert Cucuzza, Ann de Mare, Juliana Francis, Tory Vazquez, Mallory Catlett and Ken Nintzel. She has been a movement consultant for Richard Maxwell in the original version of Caveman. Her choreography was featured at the Williamstown Theater Festival in a production of Chuck Mee’s Big Love directed by Amanda Charlton. Meyer choreographed Girlshow by Judy Bauerlein at the University of California at Santa Barbara Summer Theater Lab facilitated by Naomi Iizuka and choreographed a video project with Marie Losier and Genesis P-orridge. Meyer has also performed in the work of numerous choreographers and directors, including OBIE-winner Richard Maxwell, Tory Vazquez, Nami Yamamoto, Karen Sherman and Tanya Gagne, Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel, and Nina Martin. She holds a BFA in dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and MFA in Dance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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