Somatic Experiments #1: Scrunch
& #2: Strung Up (2009-2014) are performance installations created in collaboration with sound artist Jim Brashear. Each investigates tuning the body “inside out” by bringing internal sounds and somatic processes into the environment to take form. Groans, mumbles, sighs and other intimate, nonlinguistic resonances are processed and layered live using Kyma, while the dancer folds and contorts the physical body in relation to material objects onstage.


Choreography/Performance: Megan Nicely
Sound Design/Performance: Jim Brashear

Performance History:
November 2009, New York Butoh Festival, Cave Gallery, Brooklyn (premiere #1)
April 2011, 2nd Sundays, CounterPuLSE, San Francisco (premiere #2)
May 2011, Performance Studies international #23, Utrecht, The Netherlands
November 2011, CORD/SEM Moving Music/Sounding Dance, Philadelphia
September 2013, Under Her Breath, KUNST STOFF arts, San Francisco
February 2014, Ebb and Flow, Mills College, Oakland

Support: Zellerbach Family Foundation, Mills College Alumni Fund, Dancers’ Group