Morgan Thorson & Meg Wolfe: The Other Thing

August 8–10, 2013

Thursday–Saturday at 8:30pm
REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater)
631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Presented as part of REDCAT’s New Original Works Festival 2013

Two singular dance artists, Minneapolis-based Morgan Thorson and Los Angeles-based Meg Wolfe, perform a living, and moving, document of the process of human connection. A series of choreographic encounters staged in multiple cities allowed Thorson and Wolfe to trace the interactions that unlocked mutual recognition. Performed in new-found proximity, authoring their shared history with varying degrees of authenticity and struggle, the result is a dance done to destroy the awkward state of not knowing each other—exuberant, deficient, tender and daring.

The creation and presentation of The Other Thing was made possible with generous support from the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and by a GuestHaus Residency.

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Morgan Thorson is a dance-maker based in Minneapolis. She is a Guggenheim, McKnight and USA Artist Fellow. For Morgan, dance-making is an occupation of necessity. A core interest in her dance-making is the tension between the physical limitations of the body, the expansive nature of the imagination, and the emotional current inside the movement. Her works have been presented at a variety of international, national and local venues such as the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Dance Theatre Workshop and Performance Space 122 in New York, and London Improvisation in Performance. She has been a resident artist at The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC); the Centre Choreographique National De France-Comte in Belfort, France, and a MacDowell Artist Colony Fellow. She is a certified Skinner Releasing practitioner, and teaches dance at University of Minnesota and Wesleyan University’s Creative Campus.

Meg Wolfe is a Los Angeles-based choreographer, performer, and community organizer. Her work has been commissioned by REDCAT, and also presented locally at HomeLA, Bootleg Theater, Off Center Festival/Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the New Original Works Festival, Highways Performance Space, Sea and Space Explorations, Anatomy Riot, and others. Her projects have been supported by the National Performance Network Creation Fund, grants from Center for Cultural Innovation and Durfee Foundation ARC Grants, the Danspace Project Commissioning Initiative; and by residencies including the Djerassi Resident Artist’s Program, and the Hothouse Residency program at UCLA. She has performed in the works of Sigal Bergman, Molissa Fenley, Clarinda Mac Low, Susan Rethorst, and Vicky Shick. She is also a founding editor of itch Dance Journal.