Meg Foley is a Philadelphia-based performer, choreographer and director of moving parts. Her work has been presented locally by Thirdbird, FringeArts Festival, Bowerbird, Vox Populi gallery, Little Berlin Gallery, Icebox Project Space and outside Philadelphia in NYC, Canada and Poland. An improviser and a queer person, Foley is interested in the embodied potential for a more pliable sense of self and of relationship. Her dances explore the 24hr body, tracking our identities and emotional experiences to a physical core, and placing the experiential act at the center. Working from physical actualities and body‐based research, since 2010 she has developed an improvisational practice, action is primary, where all aspects of the body become material: movement, voice, location, emotion, relationship, attention, herstory and representation. This research informs tiny daily dances (she has performed a dance every day at 3:15pm since October 20, 2012) as well as an exhibition of the research in Spring 2016 that will feature self-determined, improvisational solos created collectively by the collaborating performers. Foley is a 2012 Pew Fellow in the Arts and a 2012 Independence Foundation Fellow and the first dance artist to be a member of Vox Populi Gallery. She is creative co-director of the Whole Shebang, a movement and visual arts space in South Philly. She teaches dance improvisation, composition, performance practice and critical theory at the University of the Arts. Foley received a BA in Dance from Scripps College in California in 2004 and a Professional Diploma in Dance Studies from Laban Centre London in 2003.
Class Schedule, Fall 2015
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