November 2015 brings Meryl Murman and FLOCK to Studiola.
Meryl Murman is a New Orleans based interdisciplinary artist creating dance, film and performance since 2004. Her work has been seen in NYC, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Cleveland, Bangor, Baton Rouge, and Austin. Internationally, she has had the pleasure of having work presented in in London England, Johannesburg South Africa and St. Tropez France. In New Orleans she co-founded Broken Wings Productions, a production company dedicated to creating dance film. Their most recent film, le Pain had its world premier as an official selection of St. Tropez International Film Festival in France, and its UK premier at East End Film Festival in London. She is currently a 2015 recipient of Dancing Grounds AIR year-long choreographic residency program, where her dance cohort FLOCK develops off-beat contemporary dance performances. Murman received her BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and her MFA in Choreography and Integrated Media at California Institute for the Arts. www.merylmurman.com
I am addicted to questions without answers.
I perceive my art as many complex ideas constantly attacking each other. I am not setting up a context for resolution. I am digging deeper for more questions.
My art responds to modern life through juxtaposition, eclecticism and collage. The world is inundated with sensory stimuli and vivid imagery. Continually I try to make connections between all the mixed messages, and strive to create art that grabs an audience by surprise, intensely acting upon them through a fury of elements, senses, and ideas in much the same way the brutality of modern life does.
It is the intimacy of the journey to discover, risk and reveal the poetry in the complexities and contradictions of the human condition which both performer and audience share that is most essential to my art.
I want the audience to care, I want the audience to play, and I want the audience to leave with more questions.
In order to do this I continue to break down the division between spectator and performer through humor, through vulnerable risky performances, through revealing theatrical apparatuses, and through audience interaction in the performance.
I strive to create art that will transform a passive audience into an active one; into an audience that will play, laugh, hold their breath, look deeply inwards, and ultimately walk away with their brain swimming and feeling a little bit like they just got off a roller coaster ride.