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The Living Room Dance Collective presents Meghan Frederick

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Rebecca Bass | BDN
Rebecca Bass | BDN

SOUTH PORTLAND — The Living Room, an artist-run, experimental dance collective based in South Portland, is excited to host Meghan Frederick this week. Frederick is one of The Living Room’s Artists-in-Residence, who will present two solos: showing including “Vanessa” and “Yes” at 8 p.m. Friday, April 13; and teaching community dance class at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 15, The Living Room, 408 Broadway. Includes post-performance talk. Tickets are $5-$10 online, $10 at the door.


Meghan Frederick explores two new solos from her work, “i want to be a dancing body,” called: “Vanessa” and “YES.”

“Vanessa” explores the image of the half-female monster/witch body as a character, a solo, and original occurrence. It highlights the body as a “strange” body in and of itself, rather than drawing attention to what this body can enact or represent as a “dancing” body. It is slow, meticulous, and awkward.

“YES” is a quiet solo. It seeks to place the dancer always in the unfolding present and uses simple directives to cultivate presence, desire, and choice. Inside of these directives, the dancer’s unique relationships to “technique,” “training,” and “style” are revealed but not judged. We begin to see her as an ultimately unique “dancing body” with the power to choose when and how she dances.

There will be a post-performance talk-back conversation moderated by Vanessa Anspaugh.


About the class:


Desire, Impulse, Labor: Scores from “i want to be a dancing body” and beyond

Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 1:00-3:00pm

Admission is $8-$16, sliding scale

In this workshop, we will engage in simple somatic exercises to enter into the body and tune our senses. We will discuss working definitions of the terms “desire, impulse, and labor,” and use these ideas as we learn improvisational scores from “i want to be a dancing body” (2017) and “SOFT BLUE” (2016). We will use these building blocks to create further original scores for performance.


About Meghan Frederick:

Meghan Frederick is a performer, choreographer, and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. She is the director of Meghan Frederick/Practice Project: an arts platform dedicated to the creation and performance of original dance works and the stewardship of supportive spaces for artistic exploration. Her choreography has been shown in New York City at Women in Motion Salon, Threes Brewing, Triskelion Arts, Dixon Place, The Wild Project, Dance New Amsterdam, Green Space, Open Performance through Movement Research, and STUFFED at the Judson Church. Outside of NYC, she has presented her work at The Walnut Hill School (MA), Small Plates Choreography Festival (NY), Bates Dance Festival (ME), Rutgers University (NJ), Denmark Arts Center (ME), and Barn Arts Collective (ME).


Meghan was the 2016 (M)mix Artist in Residence at Marymount Manhattan College (NYC), and her work has been supported by residencies at Denmark Arts Center, Barn Arts Collective, and Lamoine Community Arts (ME). Meghan has recently performed with Liz Lerman, Denman Theater and Dance Company, iele paloumpis, Kendra Portier, Maya Orchin, Catherine Galasso, Carlye Eckert, Laura Peterson Choreography, Jules Bakshi, Marielis Garcia, and Brian Brooks Moving Company (2008-2014). Meghan appears in a dance film choreographed by Haylee Nichele with Derrick Belcher and Tim Fain and in a music video for Esmé Patterson’s “I’m No River,” choreographed by Carlye Eckert and directed by David Fishel. Meghan has also worked with Rasa Dance Chicago, Nicole Wolcott, Artichoke Dance Company, Tze Chun Dance Company, VaBang Dance Company, Bronwen MacArthur Dance Project, Elisa Davis, Hanna Satterlee, and Alexis Liston.


Meghan has taught dance technique, composition, and partnering at Rutgers University as adjunct faculty, and as a guest artist at Hunter College, Bates College, Dance New Amsterdam, Gibney Dance Center, Moving Target Portland, and 100 Grand. Meghan has taught children and young adults at the Co-op School (NY) and through guest artist workshops at Pemetic Elementary School (ME) and Summer Festival of the Arts (ME). Meghan attended Hampshire College where she designed her own major combining dance and cultural studies.



All events take place at:


The Living Room

408 Broadway

South Portland, ME 04106


For more information, please contact Kristen Stake at 207-219-0692,, or visit