Megan Mayer

We tried to throw the light

We tried to throw the light (bad news in French arms up)
We tried to throw the light (bad news in French arms up)

photo by Megan Mayer

We tried to throw the light (bad news in French)
We tried to throw the light (bad news in French)

photo by Megan Mayer

We tried to throw the light (national anthem)
We tried to throw the light (national anthem)

photo by Megan Mayer

We tried to throw the light (tie grooming)
We tried to throw the light (tie grooming)

photo by Megan Mayer

We tried to throw the light (Charles as microwave)
We tried to throw the light (Charles as microwave)

photo by Megan Mayer


Statement

2009 Momentum Series artist Megan Mayer reconfigures electric moments from ‘60s foreign films by way of The Lawrence Welk Show with her trademark wry humor in We tried to throw the light. This premiere features the dynamic trio Charles Campbell, Elliott Durko Lynch and Annie Enneking, as well as a bevy of surprise guests. Skillfully mixing familial intimacy with the sensibility that less is more, Mayer and video artist Kevin Obsatz co-designed video projection elements to complement the architecture of the Southern Theater. A nostalgic soundtrack provides tone and texture and includes recorded performances by Arthur Lyman, Bessie Banks, Herb Alpert, Jackie Wilson, Del Shannon, Pierre Barouh and selections from a particular 1970s pizza parlor jukebox.

Thursday June 17, 2010 7:30 PM
Friday June 18, 2010 8:00 PM
Saturday June 19, 2010 8:00 PM

Tickets $18
Box office 612.340.1725
www.southerntheater.org
1420 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis MN 55454

More photos found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/meganmayer/sets/72157622139745506/

Reviews

"Hubbub is clearly her métier."

"Perhaps Mayer's interest in the human mess can be traced to her gradual evolution into a choreographer...

"Mayer's collisions are all the more kaleidoscopically moving because her favored performers tend to display multiple emotions at once."

Lightsey Darst, mnartists.org
http://www.minnesotamonthly.com/media/Minnesota-Monthly/June-2010/New-Moves/
http://minneapolis.broadwayworld.com/article/Southern_Theater_Presents_Penelope_Freeh_Megan_Mayer_61719_20100524