Lay of the Land.
What is the feeling of “seeing” a shape on your own body from the inside? And a series of shapes over time – that’s choreography? The action is primary. The emotion is derivative. The attention is the action, the emotion is the attention, this is how I look at you. Clear, expressive confusion, measured and mapped awkward strut by awkward strut.
created and performed by Meg Foley
sound and video design Carmichael Jones
run time 15 minutes
I don’t want to be alone up here.
Lay of the Land puts my solo practice – encompassing prompts like “action is primary” and “authentic melodrama” – into performance. How do I create time-based form when I can’t see beyond the moment I’m in?
Lay of the Land is responsive. It is an approach to performance, movement generation, and attention. Lay of the Land is a shifting beast, still growing, changing, and challenging my assumptions. It’s a finished performance that is constantly changing shape. It began in 2012 as Auxiliary Studies: with and without you, and I set out to perform it as much as possible.
In 2012 it was performed at:
FALLS BRIDGE Festival – Mascher Space Cooperative, Philadelphia
Juxtapose – Studio34, Philadelphia
i.v. Two for One – Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Washington, D.C.
Society for Dance History Scholars – The Arts Bank, Philadelphia
Make it, Break it, Rebuild it – Philly Fringe, Philadelphia
TEDx Phoenixville – Phoenixville, PA