RETREAT TO OUR HARBOR
There's no better place for inspiration than this quiet, working coast.
The Harbor Residency at Opera House Arts provides artists with two of the most integral resources for the creation of new work: time and space.
Located in beautiful Stonington, Maine on Deer Isle, a retreat for artists, makers, poets, and writers for generations, the Opera House is an escape from the demands of day-to-day life, gifting residents room to be inspired and a chance to fully immerse themselves in the development of new work, all while enriching the community around them.
You Move Me
by Meg Wolfe
December 19, 2020 7PM
You Move Me is currently envisioned as a multilayered walk-through performance event, video installation, and live-stream online transmission, including collaborators beaming in from around the world and developed site specifically within the Stonington Opera House.
In development, You Move Me contains isolated dance solos - both live and projected via looping video – that, in Wolfe’s words, “merge into duets and disintegrate, build in unruliness, and attempt to connect across physical and virtual space and time. It looks at falling apart as a necessary pattern for radical change. It lives in the messy potential of our bodies, disembodied digital life, and the limitations of spaces, cultures, and patterns we inhabit.”
Wolfe plans to collaborate virtually with dancers from around the world and to project video images onto the Opera House proscenium or walls. Confirmed collaborators include Pachi Valle-Riestra, a Peruvian dancer based in Lima; and taisha paggett, a Los Angeles-based choreographer and artist with experience working both onstage and in gallery settings and was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial.
Meg Wolfe is a dance-maker/artist based in Deer Isle, ME, currently a Harbor Residency artist at Opera House Arts in Stonington. She was the founding director of Show Box L.A. (2009-2020); and the studio, we live in space (2016-20). Her work has been commissioned by the National Performance Network, REDCAT, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and DiverseWorks Houston; supported by the NPN Creation Fund, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, Center for Cultural Innovation and Durfee Foundation ARC Grants; residencies at Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Performance Works NorthWest, and UCLA. 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. Wolfe was a founding co-editor of itch dance journal.
A still photo from acclaimed dancer and choreographer Meg Wolfe showing her working in response to video projected on the newly renovated ceiling of the Stonington Opera House. Wolfe is in a Harbor Residency at Opera House Arts. She will speak about her residency and the new project she is developing as part of it in a virtual conversation available on demand to viewers starting December 12. Photo by Meg Wolfe, courtesy Opera House Arts.