Johanna Meyer

Thursday, May 14th 11am-1pm
Thursday, May 21st 11am-1pm
Thursday, May 28th 11am-1pm Co-teaching with Hilary Clark


Unwinding into Composing: Decision Making

This class uses different practices to unleash decision making in choreography. Starting with Authentic Movement and other improvisational scores to unwind the body and mind into choreographic decision-making. Within the class participants will use timed scores of: moving, writing, drawing, discussion into their own choreographic practice that is performed for each other. Then the class the breaks up into partners to direct each other works to observe our own decision making process. This is class is appropriate for dancers and performers who want to explore how they generate embodied ideas. My influences for this practice are: Tere O’Connor, Cynthia Oliver, Jennifer Monson, Susan Rethorst, Nina Martin, and Kirstie Simpson.


Johanna S. Meyer is a choreographer and performer based in New York City. Comedic and intricate, her dances sometimes employs video and often draws on historical material such as burlesque routines, medical textbooks, and vintage films working with highly defined lines of space to execute these ideas.

Her three full-length dance works include Teaser (1999), presented at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater; Every Hotel TV Plays On (2001), which was commissioned by Dixon Place; and her newest dance called piece.piece (2014) will be remounted this fall 2015 at The Gina Gibney Dance Center. She has also created 24 short pieces, some in collaboration with Alexandra Hartmann, Tory Vazquez, Maja Rajenovich, and Ahalya Satkunaratnam. This summer she will be premiering a new piece at Perfomance Mix.

Meyer has also choreographed for theater works by a number of directors-in-residence at the Ontological Theater at St. Marks Church, including DJ Mendel, Robert Cucuzza, Ann de Mare, Juliana Francis, Tory Vazquez, Mallory Catlett (OBIE award winner,) Talking Band, and Ken Nintzel. She has been a movement consultant for Richard Maxwell in the original version of Caveman. Her choreography was featured at the Williamstown Theater Festival in a production of Chuck Mee’s Big Love directed by Amanda Charlton. Johanna choreographed “Girlshow” by Judy Bauerlein at the University of California at Santa Barbara Summer Theater Lab facilitated by Naomi Iizuka. She has also choreographed a video project with Marie Losier and Genesis P-orridge.

Meyer has performed in the work of numerous choreographers and directors, including: Nami Yamamoto, Tanya Gagne, Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel, Richard Maxwell, Tory Vazquez, Karen Sherman, Nina Martin, and Sybil Kempson. Meyer was an artist-in-residence at Movement Research, and has developed her work at The Kitchen's Dance-In-Progress series, LMCC, White Oak Dance Project, BAX space grant, University of Santa Barbara Summer Theater Lab, and Lift-OFF residency among other spaces. She holds a BFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.