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Megan Mizanty is the artistic director of MizantyMoves Dance Works, an collaborative, interdisciplinary ensemble. In the past decade, she has created original works with opera singers, fiber artists, guitarists, actors and filmmakers. Megan is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance and the Assistant Director of the Master in Fine Arts Program at Wilson College. As the co-founder of Project Trans(m)it, Megan co-directs this international research project with other global dance artists, exploring dance composition over long distances via technology. She has performed internationally with the group, and Project Trans(m)it has produced two dance film festivals, both in London and Philadelphia. Megan has danced with companies in New York and Philadelphia, including Birds on a Wire Dance Theatre, Improbable Stage Productions, LINKED dancetheatre and toured with Matthew Frazier-Smith Dance. She received a BA in English Literature from Ithaca College, and an MFA in choreography and performance from Temple University. Megan was a Stanley J. Wertheimer Fellow at Mark Morris Dance Center, where she was certified as a Dance for Parkinson’s Disease Instructor. Megan was a Dance in Leadership Scholarship recipient from Dance/USA, awarded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, as well as the 2017 Linda Rolfe "New Writer's Prize" from Routledge Publications, from her research with Project Trans(m)it. She is the recipient of a Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Grant for her latest evening length work in 2019. Her past choreographic works have been commissioned by Susquehanna University, Temple University, Lycoming College, Marywood University, Dickinson College and more.
Collaboration is central to my work. I entangle words, acoustics and bodies, considering the specific people in each process and the stories they bring. I welcome messiness and finding new ways of seeing. I observe and unravel my self/other perceptions of the world through deconstructing movement and sound. My movement tendencies are inspired by years of studying release technique, contact improvisation and contemporary dance forms. Informed by tertiary influences in literature, politics, feminism and social activism, I am a busy brain and body. The study of Somatics and Pilates calms this busy-ness, recognizing quiet moments are just as integral to a lifelong practice.
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