About Megan Williams
New York, NY
Megan Williams (CBA ’20) is a dancer, choreographer, educator and repetiteur with a BFA from the Juilliard School and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work with Megan Williams Dance Projects has recently been produced at the 92ndSt Y , the Emelin Theater and at Joe’s Pub at the Public where she was the Dancenow 2018 Commissioned Artist , presenting her evening-length ‘One Woman Show’ to critical acclaim. She was a member of the Mark Morris Dance Group from 1988-98 and continues her affiliation with the Dance Group as guest performer, guest rehearsal director, and stager of his works worldwide for the past 20 years. She has been Morris’ assistant in various projects in ballet, on Broadway and in television. She has served on the faculties of Purchase College, Connecticut College, Hunter College and Marymount Manhattan College and will be joining the Sarah Lawrence faculty in fall 2019. She is on the Mark Morris Dance Group’s renowned Dance for PD© flagship teaching team and teaches Pro Level Ballet at Gibney. She currently dances with Rebecca Stenn, and in Netta Yurashalmy’s Paramodernities project.
During her CBA Fellowship, Williams will develop three repertory works (two group and one solo) with the music of, and in collaboration with, acclaimed contemporary composer Eve Beglarian that will be performed with live music in a fully produced concert event in March 2020 at the Irondale Center in Brooklyn. The main focus will be can I have it without begging, a “ballet” to a suite from Beglarian’s MACHAUD IN THE MACHINE AGE series that will interrogate the classical ballet lexicon while forging a narrative around Love with a capital “L”, the truths and fallacies of Desire, and what wanting “it” can mean. Williams will be creating a solo for herself that exposes the vigor, swiftness and solitude of the aging dancer, with a newly commissioned score by Beglarian, and will continue work on Play Like A Girl, a large group dance.
The Mark Morris Dance Group nominated Megan Williams to serve as an Artistic Partnership Initiative Fellow in Summer 2019.
The Artistic Partnership Initiative is a collaboration between CBA and professional dance companies around the world to advance the art of choreography. API Fellows are selected by companies’ artistic directors for their notable choreographic abilities and are awarded a 3-4 week residency to develop new work with the full resources of CBA and NYU.