Meghann Michalsky is an independent Dance Artist working in Calgary, Alberta.
Ms. Michalsky completed her BA in Contemporary Dance, concentration in Choreography and Performance from the University of Calgary. Since graduating she has rigourously pursued her dance technique training in Canada as well as in London, Amsterdam and Vienna. She recently received the 2019 RBC Emerging Artist Award at the Mayor's Lunch for Arts Champions. She is the first Dancer/Choreographer to receive this award.
Michalsky has worked for an array of individual artists and companies, including Dancers' Studio West - Lab Emerging Artist Program (2016) & Physic/Alchemy (2018), Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Davida Monk, Michele Moss, kloetzel&co, Cloudsway Dance Theatre, Dancing Monkey Laboratories, and J-Sik Movements, amongst others. She has also participated in choreographic research processes with Sasha Ivanochko, Linnea Swan, Pam Tzeng and Marynia Fekecz.
The main influences on Michalsky’s choreographies arise from research into the effects of imposing sociological structures (structural functionalism, interdependence & psychological manipulation) on herself, her choreography and the audience. She is interested in the effects of control, constraint, illusion, and perception of a society that deems to be free. She is known to create highly visceral works with intense musculature. Her movement signature has been described as quirky, vivid, animalistic and idiosyncratic. Her supplementary knowledge in Hip-Hop and Krump movement principles has influenced her to highlight isolated, rhythmic, bound, and fast-twitch movement qualities into her contemporary choreographies.
Michalsky is inspired by cinema. She seeks to construct an immersive cinematic-like experience through Contemporary Dance; She does this by combining and collaborating with thematic and multi-disciplinary approaches. Michalsky is adamant about layering her work with multiple perspectives to create a captivating interplay between simplicity and complexity. Within this approach, she searches for an intricacy throughout her total composition that holds attention by unfolding the narrative in diverse ways.
Currently, her work focuses on primal movement aesthetics, exploring the power of the female body through a state of nature (not tamed or domesticated).
Between 2014 and the present, Michalsky has created eight new works. Four of these were major works between 20 – 35 minutes in duration. All of them were professionally produced by dance organizations and festivals, or self-produced, in Alberta, and one piece was presented abroad at the 2016 artArctia Festival in Finland. Her most recent choreographic works have been presented at Stream of Dance Festival, Fluid Festival, Annual Alberta Dance Festival, Project InTandem, and Convergence. She has received funding from Calgary Arts Development, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Canada Council for the Arts and has been awarded Choreographic Residencies from the University of Calgary, W & M Dance Projects, Theatre Junction and DJD Dance Centre.