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Megan Bridge

Megan Bridge is a dancer, choreographer, producer, and scholar based in Philadelphia. She is the co-director of <fidget>, a platform for her collaborative work with composer, designer, and musicologist Peter Price.

As an artist, Bridge works with formalist structures that are populated by somatically generated, often improvisational movement material. She is particularly interested in the historical lineages and discursive frameworks that situate her work, and her teaching and writing practices reflect this interest.

In June 2009, Bridge and Price opened thefidget space, a warehouse, research laboratory, and hub for new forms of art, media, and performance in Kensington, Philadelphia. Fostering a pocket of rich artistic experimentation, artists and scholars with big ideas are regularly invited to inhabit the space, participating in a lively and engaged community of interdisciplinary art making and discourse. Through thefidget space Bridge has co-curated and produced more than 200 public events including lectures, performances, seminars, and workshop series.

Bridge is an editor and contributor for thINKingDANCE.net, an on-line journal focused on upping the ante of dance coverage and conversation in the Philadelphia area, where she served as Executive Director from 2014-2017. Bridge has published 34 articles at thINKingDANCE.net as well as articles in Dance Magazine, Pointe Magazine, Movement Research’s Critical Correspondence, and The Dance Chronicle, Studies in Dance and the Related Arts, a peer-reviewed academic journal.

Since 2016, Bridge has taught a variety of studio, history, and theory classes as an adjunct professor, and now graduate fellow, in the Dance Department at Temple University. She has also taught classes in creativity, composition, and improvisation as a guest teacher at Franklin and Marshall College, Haverford College, Arizona State University, and West Chester University. Bridge is now pursuing her MFA in Dance at Temple.

On tour, Bridge’s work has been performed in New York, Vienna, Berlin, Bogotá, Plovdiv, Dresden, Dusseldorf, Warsaw, Kraków, Lublin, Bytom, Poznań, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Johannesburg, and Zurich. In 2013 she was named “Best of Philly” for stage performance by Philadelphia Magazine.

As a professional dancer Bridge has worked with choreographers and companies such as Group Motion, Steve Paxton and Lisa Nelson, Jerome Bel, Willi Dorner, Lucinda Childs, David Gordon, Susan Rethorst, anonymous bodies, Headlong Dance Theater, and readySetGO, and has taken workshops with Deborah Hay, Xavier LeRoy, Miguel Gutierrez, and Jan Fabre. She has been awarded residencies at Spread Art in Detroit, Stary Browar in Poznań, Poland, West Chester University, Arizona State University, and with Walking Gusto Productions in Jonannesburg, South Africa.

Holding a BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase, Bridge has received funding support from The Network for Ensemble Theaters, The Leeway Foundation, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The Puffin Foundation, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Penn PAT, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She has received two Fellowships in the Arts from the Independence Foundation (in 2006 and 2014), a New Edge Residency at the Community Education Center in Philadelphia, and a “Rocky” (Philadelphia’s dance award).

E-mail: megan (at) the fidget (dot) org