My work is a collaborative act. Through my creative process, I engage with people, space, physical objects, sound, music, words, environment, and emotions as collaborators. Experiences that hit me viscerally tend to take me time to process. I explore aspects of the emotion, story, and personalities related to the experience, and filter them through my own dance lens to come out as a choreographic work on the other side. I am interested in dissecting the psychology of human experience through movement, focusing on aspects that are most raw and confusing, with compassion. I am especially interested in allowing structure to lessen its grip on expectation. Presenting performances imbued with truthful, respectful, and bare work, collaged with rich imagery and technical rigor as well as relatable pedestrian context, while allowing for polar emotions, like joy and despair, to exist right alongside all other emotions, make what I do stand in it’s own way. For me, dance is meant to be shared with all, in community spaces, especially when not expected. I think of my dances as moving poems, and present them as such.
Meghan Carmichael, originally from Cape Cod MA, received her BFA in Contemporary Dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. At UNCSA she studied and performed works by Jose Limon, Merce Cunningham and Alwin Nikolais as well as worked with and performed works by choreographers Helen Simoneau (Canada), Eric Oberdorff (France), and Doug Elkins (NYC). In New York City, she has performed at Dance New Amsterdam, Gibney Dance, Green Space, the Ailey Citigroup Theater, the Lincoln Center Institute, and with the Cunningham Trust.
She spent a year independently studying overseas, notably at Impulstanz International Dance Festival, before relocating back to New England. Based in Providence RI from 2014 to 2016, she danced for local Providence choreographers Ali Kenner Brodsky & co, Betsy Miller, Shura Baryshnikov, Andy Russ, and Heidi Henderson, and was a company member of Prometheus Dance in Boston. She has been on faculty at Festival Ballet Providence and Providence Ballet, guest faculty at the Moses Brown School, and an adjunct at Brown University. Her choreography has been presented at AS220, Festival Ballet Providence, Brown University, The Young Choreographers Showcase at Bates Dance Festival, Youth American Grand Prix (Boston) and the Dance Complex (Boston). In 2014, she began to build "Near and Far: Collaborative Art Project," to foster multidisciplinary collaborations and events in small communities. Dedicated to administrative support for dance, Carmichael was a Arts Administration/Marketing intern for Amalgamate Dance Company (NYC) and Bates Dance Festival (ME), and consults with local dance projects to develop effective marketing strategies and web design including Ali Kenner Brodsky & co and Doppelganger Dance Collective. In 2015, she started the blog dancepvd.wordpress.com to build community and dialogue about contemporary dance artists in the Greater Providence area. Carmichael currently lives on Cape Cod in MA and is an adjunct faculty member at Dean College.