"Action Potential" by Megan Lowe Dances
A Dancers' Group fiscally sponsored project.
Megan Lowe Dances presents:
A site-specific dynamic dance and live music adventure created for Emeryville's Athletic Playground
Help bring Megan Lowe Dances’ performances and dreams to life!
Throughout the month of May, Megan Lowe Dances’ is raising funds to support the phenomenal collaborators of Action Potential. May is Megan’s month of birth, and she will be celebrating her 30th birthday on May 9th. A gift she would truly cherish, at the start of this new decade, would be your support of her first evening length fiscally sponsored project.
In Action Potential, audiences will be led on an innovative journey through the rooms of Athletic Playground, while dancers artfully activate ladders, planks, bars, mats, blocks, aerial apparatus, walls, and each other. Megan, Sonsherée Giles, and Shira Yaziv, join together for six energetic, athletic, and virtuosic performances, demonstrating prowess in site-specific dance, contact improvisation, and dynamic partnering. Girl Swallows Nightingale will paint a vivid musical canvas that shifts its colors between modern rock, jazz, theater, funk, and pop, to underwater soundscapes and dreams of outer space. Witness one of six invigorating shows—August 17-25, Saturdays 6pm/8pm and Sundays 7pm—and watch a space come to life and transform.
Your generous tax deductible donation supports:
Stellar dancers Sonsherée Giles and Shira Yaziv, as they devote 100 hours of their time and talent to create/perform Action Potential with Megan
Rockin’ musician Marica Petrey and her band Girl Swallows Nightingale, who will be creating/performing the music for Action Potential
Megan Lowe Dances is honored to have been invited as a resident artist group to create/present work at Athletic Playground, grateful to be fiscally sponsored by Dancers’ Group, thrilled to be working with this talented group of artists, and cannot wait to share Action Potential with the public, building their audience base and community.
ABOUT MEGAN LOWE DANCES
MEGAN LOWE DANCES is committed to exploring, highlighting, and relating to others and to spaces in unique ways through movement. They aim to create stimulating perspective shifting performances that are exciting and accessible to a variety of audiences. Megan Lowe Dances seeks to create innovative dances outside of the traditional proscenium stage theater, and for unique architectural spaces both indoors and outside, giving viewers alternative ways of viewing dance, and the environment around them. With each location, they dive in and create a work specific to that place and time by drawing inspiration from its architecture and history—by climbing, falling, and folding into and out of those floors, walls, windows, stairs, ledges, edges, and bodies, testing the laws of physics. Founded under the Artistic Direction of Megan Lowe in 2013, MLD creates works presented both live and on film, and their dances have been seen at the Athletic Playground, Finnish Hall, Animate Dance Festival, Red Poppy Art House, California Memorial Stadium Club, Community Music Center, Subterranean Arthouse, Tiny Dance Film Festival, San Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, and SAFEhouse Arts. Megan’s process thrives off of collaboration, prioritizing creating relationships of respect, generosity, and gratitude for each individual worked with, and she facilitates that energy throughout the group dynamic. She feels a tightly-knit group insures a flourishing process, that is palpable for the viewer in the product of performance. Through deep connections in conversation with the space and collaborators, audiences are invited to witness and freely interpret the happening—each viewer is encouraged to have a unique experience unto themselves. The world is a cascading puzzle, and the movers of Megan Lowe Dances are pieces that are constantly seeking new ways to fit with the elements around them.
ABOUT ATHLETIC PLAYGROUND
ATHLETIC PLAYGROUND offers an alternative to traditional gyms, where experienced instructors teach functional skills in a community-oriented, playful environment. Athletic Playground offers exciting movement classes, and their core body of disciplines consists of: Parkour, Acrobatics, Aerial, AcroYoga, Partner Acro, Handstands, Movement Prep, and Monkey Conditioning. Athletic Playground was founded on the idea that there is intrinsic pleasure to be found in movement: running, jumping, reaching, balancing, throwing, crawling, climbing, tumbling, vaulting, leaping, landing, flipping and turning.
MEGAN LOWE is a Bay Area dancer, choreographer, singer, teacher, and administrator. Through Megan Lowe Dances, she creates dances, both live and for film, with an affinity for dynamic/kinetic movement, site-specificity/space-interaction, and contact improvisation/partnering—always searching for something or someone to interact with. Megan has performed with Flyaway Productions, Lizz Roman & Dancers, Scott Wells & Dancers, Epiphany Productions, Dance Brigade, and more. She teaches for Flyaway, Joe Goode Performance Group, Bandaloop, for contact improvisation gatherings, and for her alma mater Theater, Dance, & Performance Studies at UC Berkeley. Megan has been included in nominations for numerous Isadora Duncan Dance Awards for Outstanding Performance.
SONSHERÉE GILES is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, costume designer, and founder of the collaborative container, This Sweet Nothing. She enjoys making dances based on the observation of animals, landscapes, art history, and daily life experiences. Sonsherée has an MFA in performance/choreography from Mills College and from 2005-2015, she was a performing/teaching artist with AXIS Dance Company. In addition to dancing with Megan Lowe Dances, Sonsherée has performed with Flyaway Productions, Lizz Roman & Dancers, Nancy Karp + Dancers, and more. Sonsherée has received an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for ensemble performance, and a Homer Avila Award for Excellence in the field of integrated dance.
SHIRA YAZIV enjoys encouraging people to move in new ways while learning skills and being creative. Her background is in capoeira, circus arts, and dance. Shira is the co-founder and owner of Athletic Playground, a dynamic indoor play-space in Emeryville, inspiring physical play through a wide variety of movement classes. In addition to dancing with Megan Lowe Dances, Shira has performed with Scott Wells & Dancers, Sebastian Grubb/BodyWagging, Zoe Klein Productions, and more.
GIRL SWALLOWS NIGHTINGALE was hatched when Marica Petrey wrote too much music for one of her fantasy film projects and made it the perfect excuse to start a band in Oakland. With songwriting inspired by Japanese folklore, anime, science fiction, and epic saga, Girl Swallows Nightingale conjures a cinematic experience, painting a vivid musical canvas that shifts its colors between modern rock, jazz, theater, funk, and pop, to underwater soundscapes and dreams of outer space. In addition to leading Girl Swallows Nightingale, Marica is an award winning filmmaker, a journalist for CALIFORNIA Magazine, and founder of RADIX Troupe Productions.
Thank you for your time, consideration, and support of Megan Lowe Dances!
Photos by: Brechin Flournoy