MGM has been making highly structured dances since 2005. The project has developed as a touring machine, taking a single dance and performing it within and across dozens of spaces, mobilizing the audience, site, context, and choreography through this encounter. MGM’s creative premise critically engages with the intensive states and spaces of performance. The work imagines venues in the most unpredictable of locales, and manipulates the sonic, sensorial, and visual dimensions imbedded in sites both frequented and forgotten. MGM’s inception in a one-car garage in San Francisco continues to hold steadfast as an apropos metaphor, depicting their modus operandi as a touring project committed to the singularity of a dance through its multiple, repetitious, and unfixed performances. Every rendition is in relation to a series. MGM promotes a transient, flexible, mobile relationship with a dance, whose accumulating versions take form as craft, thing, way, and bodily experience.
MGM is Biba Bell, Jmy Leary, Piage Martin, and R McNeill.
NUT (2010 – 11)
Oneness: Making It With Love (2010)
Easy Royce (2010)
New Gree (2008)
THIS DANCE IS CALLED GREE, IT IS FROM BEDSTUY. (2007)
MGM has performed at numerous places, including American Dance Festival, Durham, NC; Artissima, Turin, Italy; Bohemian National Home, Detroit, MI; Callicoon Fine Arts, Callicoon, NY; Capital Theater, Olympia WA; Creative Time OceanFront Pavilion at Art Basel, Miami, FL; Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA; Henry Miller Library, Big Sur, CA; Jack Hanley Gallery, NY, NY; MacArthur b Arthur, Oakland, CA; Milk & Honey, Sebastopol, CA; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA; Mission Creek Music Festival, San Francisco, CA; Museum of Jurassic Technology, LA, CA; Pace Wildenstein Gallery, NY, NY; Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR; Pleasure Pad, San Francisco, CA; Shane’s llama barn, Portland, OR; Subterranean Arthouse, Berkeley, CA; The Kitchen, NY, NY; and Twin Peaks Orchard, Lincoln, CA. (from the MGM website)