Since its founding in 1992 Anna Myer and Dancers has performed Anna Myer’s innovative choreography to a steadily growing audience throughout the Northeast, most notably in Boston and New York City, and to the acclaim of some of the country’s most prominent dance critics. Myer’s unique language of movement is a fusion of her classical, modern, and postmodern background. Her dances are emotionally charged and infused with a keen formal intelligence. The Company has been presented by Dance Umbrella’s Boston Moves (1999), the Fleet Bank Celebrity Series (2003), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (2002 and 2003), Summer Stages Dance (2006), and Crash Arts at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston (2007, 2012), Hibernian Hall (2011 and 2014), Strand Theater (2008), Fringe Festival, Scotland (2009), North Conway, NH (2012), Holderness, NH, (2012), Bennington College, VT (2013), Bridgewater State College (2013) basketball courts in housing developments in Boston (2011 –2012) The Harlem Stage, NYC (2014), Hibernian Hall, Boston (2014).
Critics in both The New York Times and The Boston Globe have hailed her work. Accolades include “Ten Best Dance Events of 2001” (Christine Temin of The Boston Globe), and “Best of Arts and Dance” (2003, 2005 The Boston Phoenix). Jennifer Dunning wrote “Ms. Myer is a master weaver” (The New York Times) while Thea Singer wrote, “...a moving confluence of music, rap, and dance sends a message” (The Boston Globe, 2008). AMAD had a feature article on Hoop Suite in The Boston Globe on June 8, 2012.
As a choreographer Myer has a long history of artistic collaboration using live music, original scores, and people of various ages and backgrounds. Ten years ago Anna Myer and Dancers forged a new direction, adding the talents of poets and hip hop dancers, creating a new language that blends the energy and speed of street dance with the fluidity of classically trained dancers. The dance company’s director, Anna Myer, understood the transformative power of artistic expression on both sides of the spectrum. She took the resulting work to theaters, to colleges and even public housing development basketball courts to offer performances to the widest array of audiences possible. The work featured eclectic combinations of modern and hip hop dance along with rap, spoken word and original musical and choreographic compositions. The company of collaborators continue working together to convey messages that captured their stories and their hopes for family and community.
Early in 2015, AMAD created Anna Myer and Dancers/beheard.world with collaborating partner, Jay Paris, expanding and rnaming their non-profit to embrace performing arts in new ways while also adding a film division. The broader platform gives the company even more opportunities to influence diverse audiences. It’s new mission statement is: Using film, performing arts and advocacy campaigns to give people and communities transformative ways to be seen and heard. To see more go to www.beheard.world.