Meg Foley’s Blood Baby is a 2020 National Dance Project Production Grant recipient

Meg Foley has been awarded a $56,500 production grant from the New England Foundation for The Arts for Blood Baby.

Blood Baby is an iterative performance project exploring intersections of queer motherhood/parenthood, gestation, gender performance, queer sexuality, and belonging. Involving site-responsive dance installation, experiential sculpture, collective readings, somatic workshops, and queer/artist parent convenings, Blood Baby is a multi-faceted unpacking of queer family experience, woven together by a queer creation story by playwright Sylvan Oswald. Made in collaboration with Oswald, Michèle Steinwald as dramaturg, and fiber artist Jesse Harrod, Blood Baby is supported by the Kinsey Institute (research), Chocolate Factory (residency), and premieres in 2022-23 at Velocity Dance Center.

Meg Foley is a Philadelphia-based performer, choreographer, and director of moving parts. Her work has been presented in performance and visual art venues in Philadelphia, NYC, Los Angeles, Canada, and Poland. An improviser and a queer person, Foley is interested in the embodied potential for a more pliable sense of self and of relationship. Foley’s creative work extends to performance work with Susan Rethorst, interdisciplinary collaborations with multi-disciplinary artist Catherine Pancake and composer Bhob Rainey, and curation of performance and research platforms (Dance it Out at AUX Performance Space, workshops with visiting artists at The Whole Shebang, both in Philadelphia, amongst others.) Foley was a 2012 Pew Fellow in the Arts.

Foley’s dances have been presented by TanzFabrik Potsdam, Art Stations Foundation at Malta Festival, Prague Quadrennial, SummerWorks Festival (Toronto), LA Performance Practice, DraftWork at Danspace Project, CATCH! at Invisible Dog Art Center, Philadelphia Contemporary, and Philadelphia Fringe Festival (curated). A 2012 Pew Fellow in the Arts, my visual art work has been shown at Moore College of Art and Design, Pilot+Projects, and Vox Populi. Grants include: Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Independence Fdtn, Dancemakers Centre for Creation, and a Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant. I have taught across the US and abroad, most recently in the graduate UCLA World Arts & Cultures/Dance dept.

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