Megan Mayer's Bathroom Dancing Project
I began this project in 2007 as an attempt to respond to the unique mood that each bathroom or stall evokes through movement. I don't allow myself advance preparation other than a quick camera set-up. Influenced by everything from wall texture and fixtures to whoever might be on the other side of the shared wall, I have enjoyed investigating qualities of stealth, sneakiness and the tension between public and private.
Brady Bergeson of The Lit 6 Project and Electric Arc Radio has this to say:
"The public bathroom is a place where I attempt to touch nothing and leave quickly. Megan Mayer enters a bathroom and touches everything, She climbs toilets, caresses walls and then twirls. At first, her bathroom dances are unsettling, especially to a germaphobe like me. But then you are forced to consider the spaces she discovers. To watch
her press her body into the corner of a bathroom stall, squirming to find a position (to find comfort?), as if she is yearning for a hug or embrace, is to witness something uniquely sensual."
youtube video comments:
"whoa. Kinda weird. How are you controlling gravity like that?"
"This project has the potential for all kinds of guerilla artmaking fun..."
"...you totally own the entire genre of "bathrooom movement improv."
Cameraman, Cinematographer, Dancer, Director, Improv Artist, Performing Artist, Video Artist
I Could Not Stand Close Enough To You
We tried to throw the light
You might be expecting me...
Kevin Obsatz's The Gate to the Enclosure
Unfit (you cannot be serious)
Laurie Van Wieren's like a movie i saw once
Unfit (you cannot be serious)-courtside
Bathroom Dancing Project
Thorp Building Sink, Northeast Minneapolis
Karen Sherman's Tiny Town
Pulp Dances for RetroRama at Minnesota History Center
Shawn McConneloug's SHE Captains
Exactly where I'm supposed to be: This is how I dance at The Soap Factory
Charles Campbell's He Woke Up In A Strange Placed Called Home And Although Looking For Bed He Kept Finding Death Instead
Perro (otra vez)
Geoff Herbach interview with Megan Mayer 7-16-06
Busby Berkeley Nocturne