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Meghan Abadoo


Meghan K. Bowden Abadoo (ah-bay-dew)  is a choreographer and teacher based in Mount Rainier, MD. She is currently a leading associate artist with the Dance Exchange and a 2016-2017 Fulbright Fellow, conducting nine months of creative research at the Noyam Institute of Performing Arts in Dodowa, Ghana. In 2016 she earned her master degree in dance from the University of Maryland, after performing for ten years with internationally renowned dance companies and choreographers including the Dance Exchange, Gesel Mason, Liz Lerman, David Dorfman Dance and Urban Bush Women. She has taught as a guest artist at Brown University, James Madison University, East Carolina University, Dickinson College and the University of Virginia. As an independent artist her work explores the gatekeeping roles of dance artists in communities and the capacity for dance events to sustain social progress and racial justice. She is also an intergroup dialogue facilitator with the University of Maryland’s Words of Engagement program, a Trainer in Training with the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, and a student of the Mountain and River’s Order of Zen Buddhism. She loves to read, draw with loose ink and fountain pen, and create contact improvisation duets with her daughter in the comfort of their living room.

Artist Statement/Focus

I stir up satisfying dance events that confront otherness and invite connection.

My choreography combines contemporary African dance vocabularies, classical American modern and postmodern techniques, traditional Ghanaian movement, and social Funk styles. Guided by the perspectives of African women of the diaspora and beyond, my work poses questions and offers resolutions from bold characters. As an artist committed to racial justice and the social relevancy of my art, I work collaboratively with performers, administrators, designers and local community members to build events that are clear and potent in their creative execution, and in service to local communities.

I use a “dance event” framework to comprehensively address multiple aspects of the dance performance experience, a methodology grounded in nonhierarchical valuing of diverse movement practices. I work with key community members to craft dance events that create what I call, opportunities for radical vulnerability. Through specificity of stories held within the dance experience, my work seeks for perceived boundaries to blur, and new connectivities to form.

E-mail MKAbadoo@gmail.com
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