UPCOMING
PERFORMANCES

After a whirlwind of performances this year, our last performance of 2022 was November 12th. Take a look at some of our creations this year, and stay tuned for what's in store for 2023!

Community Hub: Enduring Vitality

Community Hub: Enduring Vitality

A site-specific dance by by Megan Lowe Dances, created for a beloved community center that has served SF Chinatown for nearly hundred years, and presented as part of the 19th Annual San Francisco Trolley Dances.

No Way You Can Encompass All the Things You Might

No Way You Can Encompass All the Things You Might

Megan Lowe Dances presents No Way You Can Encompass All the Things You Might, a process to performance experience at de Young Museum, inspired by the Hung Liu: Golden Gate (金門) exhibition.

HOME(in)STEAD

HOME(in)STEAD

Bay Area dancers Megan Lowe and Johnny Huy Nguyen investigate the meaning of home in a new, site-specific performance work developed during the duo’s 16-week residency at The David Ireland House.

Piece of Peace: Part One

Piece of Peace: Part One

Megan Lowe Dances presents "Piece of Peace (Part One)", a dance theater work that explores mixed-race Asian American Pacific Islander experiences, with an artistic team composed of folks who identify in this way. Through thoughtful text, soulful song, and dynamic dancing, we will gather pieces of fractured selves in support of wholeness and connection.

Em)broidery/body

Em)broidery/body

Megan Lowe Dances presents "Em)broidery/body", as the first ever live dance performance in the Court of Honor at the Legion of Honor Museum for the opening day of Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy.

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Photo by: Jeremy Snowden

Megan Lowe Dances
Ancestors in my bones, I can feel
as part of Que Vivan los Muertos
EastSide Community Procession and Art Festival

 

November 12th, 2022

Saturday at 2:00pm-4:00pm

(Megan goes on at 3:30pm)

East Side Arts Alliance - Garage Lot

2310 E 12th St, Oakland, CA 94606, United States

 

Que Vivan los Muertos is  a community art festival. Join us for a celebration of music, dance, and poetry to commemorate our ancestors.

Saturday, Nov. 12 Line-up

  • Cristina Suarez Lopez: 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

  • HouseFull / Amara Tabor-Smith: 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

  • NAKA- MUA: 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Megan Lowe: 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

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Photo by: Maurice Ramirez of Megan Lowe, and Shira Yaziv

Megan Lowe Dances
Almost There
as part of Athletic Playgrounds 14th Anniversary Show

 

November 5th, 2022

Saturday at 7:30pm

Athletic Playground

4770 San Pablo Ave, Unit E, Emeryville, CA 94608

"Come celebrate Athletic Playground's 14th anniversary with us! We've had so much fun over the years sharing skills and building community and we'd love to party with you! Join us for live performances from current AP staff and students."

Megan and Shira Yaziv will be performing the duet they created for Eve, an Opera, that originally premiered the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre.

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Photo by: Maurice Ramirez of Megan Lowe, and Shira Yaziv

Andrea Densmore
Eve, an Opera

 

October 28th, 2022

Friday at 7:30pm

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

3601 Lyon St, San Francisco, CA 94123


Chamber musicians from San Francisco Opera and Ballet, New Century Chamber Orchestra, and major Bay Area symphonies will perform in Eve, an opera about women's exploitation and liberation. The opera premieres October 28th, 2022 at the Palace of Fine Arts, in collaboration with aligned Bay Area organizations during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Created by Bolinas composer Andrea Densmore and her son, Tony Owen, Eve weaves a compelling personal story. In addition to exquisite chamber music, this multi-genre contemporary work with a cast of over 60 performers includes members of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir Ensemble, multiple vocalists, a jazz/blues combo, with aerial, ballet and modern dancers. Megan Lowe Dances will be presenting a duet and a solo in this performance.

Performing with MLD are: Megan Lowe and Shira Yaziv

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Photo by: Amani Wade of Brenton Cheng, Megan Lowe, and Shira Yaziv

Megan Lowe Dances
Community Hub: Enduring Vitality
As part of San Francisco Trolley Dances

Kids on Track: October 21, 2022

Friday, Times TBA

 

Public: October 22nd-23rd, 2022

Saturday and Sunday

Tours start at 10:15am, 11:00am, 11:45am, 12:30pm, and 1:15pm

SoMa and Chinatown

San Francisco, CA

MLD will be performing at Willie "Woo Woo" Wong Playground

830 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94108

A site-specific dance by by Megan Lowe Dances, created for a beloved community center that has served SF Chinatown for nearly hundred years.

"Presented by Epiphany Dance Theater, SF Trolley Dances is the most delectable moveable dance feast of the season. Using the city as both a backdrop and unpredictable character, the peripatetic event ushers many of the bay area’s top dance companies off the stage and onto the street.” - ANDREW GILBERT East Bay Times

Performances by: Ballet22, Grrrl Brigade, Charya Burt, Flying Angels Chinese Dance Company, Megan Lowe Dances, and Epiphany Dance Theater  

Performing with MLD are: Brenton Cheng Melissa Lewis Wong, Megan Lowe, and Shira Yaziv

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Photo by: RJ Muna

Flyaway Productions
Apparatus of Repair
New York Tour

October 6th–8th, 2022
Thursday – Saturday at 7:30PM

Bethany Arts Community
40 Somerstown Rd, Ossining, NY 10562

 

Flyaway Productions presents the world premiere of Apparatus of Repair, the final project of The Decarceration Trilogy, a series of site-specific aerial dance and public art performances exploring the devastating effects of mass incarceration. Apparatus of Repair transforms the intimate healing process of restorative justice into a public performance, danced in the air and on the vertical surfaces of buildings. It is designed for presentation in proximity to prisons and communities disproportionately impacted by prisons. Performing are MaryStarr Hope, Jhia Jackson, Megan Lowe, Alayna Stroud Duarte, and Saharla Vetsch.

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Photo by: RJ Muna

Flyaway Productions
Apparatus of Repair

September 15th – 25th, 2022
Thursdays – Sundays at 8:00pm

UC Hastings College of the Law
333 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
(accessible entrance)

 

Flyaway Productions presents the world premiere of Apparatus of Repair, the final project of The Decarceration Trilogy, a series of site-specific aerial dance and public art performances exploring the devastating effects of mass incarceration. Apparatus of Repair transforms the intimate healing process of restorative justice into a public performance, danced in the air and on the vertical surfaces of buildings. It is designed for presentation in proximity to prisons and communities disproportionately impacted by prisons. Performing are MaryStarr Hope, Jhia Jackson, Megan Lowe, Alayna Stroud Duarte, and Saharla Vetsch.

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Photo by: Gary Sexton

Megan Lowe Dances
No Way You Can Encompass All the Things You Might
Presented by de Young Museum
for Hung Liu: Golden Gate (金門) - Closing Day

August 6th, 2022

Saturday 10am-3:30pm (Public Creative Process)
4pm (Performance)

de Young Museum

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr

San Francisco, CA 94118


Megan Lowe Dances presents No Way You Can Encompass All the Things You Might, a process to performance experience at de Young Museum, inspired by the Hung Liu: Golden Gate (金門) exhibition. In Hung Liu: Great Granary by Wu Hung (2010) Liu asks, “What kind of thing is history? What kind of thing can bear witness to history? I had the sense that history had its one-sidedness and its mutability. Also history is a very subjective thing. What you choose to include and what you don’t—there’s absolutely no way you can encompass all the things you might.” Witness dancers create and explore these themes live on site throughout the day and reveal the process of dance-making and editing, concluding in an experimental performance of what was discovered—in celebration of the closing of this powerful exhibit.

Performing with MLD are: Melissa Lewis Wong, Megan Lowe, Danny Nguyen, Johnny Huy Nguyen, and Asha Passalacqua, with music by Peekaboo.

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Photo by: Henrik Kam of Megan Lowe and Johnny Huy Nguyen

Megan Lowe and Johnny Huy Nguyen
HOME(in)STEAD

June 24th-26th, 2022

+ New Dates Added: July 1st-3rd

Friday and Saturday at 5pm and 8pm

Sunday at 4pm and 7pm

David Ireland House

500 Capp Street

San Francisco, CA 94110

This June, Bay Area dancers Megan Lowe and Johnny Huy Nguyen investigate the meaning of home in a new, site-specific performance work developed during the duo’s 16-week residency at The David Ireland House. HOME(in)STEAD, an hour-long dance experience for intimate audiences of just 12 per performance, moves from front door to salon, utilizing the entirety of late conceptual artist David Ireland’s unique historic house turned work of art to explore themes of home and the intersection of dance, sculpture, and performance. The piece features original music by cello player Peekaboo and lighting by Rico Duenas.

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Megan Lowe Dances
Piece of Peace (Part One)

June 3rd, 2022

Friday at 3:30pm

Studio B - ODC Dance Commons

351 Shotwell Street

San Francisco, CA 94110

Piece of Peace, explores mixed-race Asian American Pacific Islander experiences, with an artistic team composed of folks who identify in this way. Through thoughtful text, soulful song, and dynamic dancing, MLD invites collaborators to share stories of fractured selves and longings to belong, and co-create a supportive environment for connection. This dance is a part of ODC's State of Play Festival and APICC's United States of Asian America Festival. Performing with Megan will be jose e. abad and Melissa Lewis Wong.

Photo by: Maurice Ramirez of jose e. abad

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Flyaway Productions
The Wait Room (New Orleans)
Presented by the Contemporary Arts Center

May 27th-29th, 2022

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 7:30pm
+ Saturday Matinee at 2pm

Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans – Parking Lot
900 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Engaging the ideas of waiting and weighting, The Wait Room blends oral history, dance, music, and public art in an exploration of the physical, psychic, and emotional burdens of prison for women with  incarcerated loved ones. Directed by Jo Kreiter, and featuring Bianca Cabrera, Clarissa Dyas, Laura Elaine Ellis, Sonsherée Giles, MaryStarr Hope, and Megan Lowe.

Photo by: Austin Forbod

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Megan Lowe Dances
Tangram (Excerpts)
as part of CounterPulses' Innerspace: Homecoming

May 7th, 2022

Saturday at 9pm

CounterPulse

80 Turk Street

San Francisco, CA 9410

Brenton and Megan will be performing excerpts from Tangram in Innerspace : Homecoming, CounterPulse's annual art party and auction.

Photo by: RJ Muna of Megan Lowe and Brenton Cheng

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Megan Lowe Dances
Tangram (Excerpts)
as part of James Graham Dance Theater's Dance Lovers

May 5th-7th, 2022

Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 8pm

Joe Goode Annex

401 Alabama Street

San Francisco, CA 94110

As close dance comrades, Brenton Cheng and Megan Lowe will be returning to the Joe Goode Annex to perform excerpts from Tangram in James Graham Dance Theater's 10th annual Dance Lovers—duets by couples, crushes, and comrades.

Photo by: RJ Muna of Megan Lowe and Brenton Cheng

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Photo by: Maurice Ramirez

Megan Lowe Dances
(Em)broidery/body
Presented by the Legion of Honor Museum
for Guo Pei: Fantasy Couture - Opening Day

April 16th, 2022

Saturday at 12pm and 2pm

Legion of Honor Museum

100 34th Ave

San Francisco, CA 94121

Megan Lowe Dances will be performing at the Legion of Honor Museum as the first ever live dance performance in the Court of Honor for the opening day of Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy. Through exquisite craftsmanship, lavish embroidery, and unconventional dressmaking techniques, Guo Pei creates a fantasy that fuses the influences of China’s imperial past, decorative arts, European architecture, and the botanical world. Performing MLD's new site specific work (Em)broidery/body will be Sonsherée Giles, Megan Lowe, Frances Sedayao, and Shira Yaziv.

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Compilation by: ODC of Megan Lowe, Weidong Yang, Johnny Huy Nguyen, and Wei Wang

ODC Theater Art & Ideas
A Conversation on the Intersection of Art Making and AAPI Identity and Representation

February 21st, 2022

Friday 6:00pm

ODC Theater

3153 17th Street

San Francisco, CA 94110

Tune in to this month's Art & Ideas panel discussion featuring Weidong Yang of Kinetech Arts moderating a conversation between local Asian American and Pacific Islander artists including San Francisco Ballet's first Asian Male Principal Dancer Wei Wang and Bay Area dancer and choreographers Megan Lowe and Johnny Huy Nguyen on the intersection of art making and AAPI identity and representation. Come to learn, share, ask, and be curious!

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Photo by: RJ Muna of Megan Lowe and Brenton Cheng

Megan Lowe Dances
Tangram

December 9th-12th, 2021

Thursday/Sunday at 7:00pm,

Friday/Saturday at 8:00pm,

+ Saturday matinee at 5:00pm

Joe Goode Annex

401 Alabama Street

San Francisco, CA 94110

Tangram is a dynamic partnering duet between Megan Lowe and noted dance artist Brenton Cheng. This project challenges traditional ideas of male/female duets, which are frequently portrayed romantically and often displayed as a man lifting a smaller woman. By using physics/momentum, Brenton and Megan lift/are lifted by each other equally, leveling the playing field and pushing the boundaries of what is possible. As dance artists with Chinese ancestry, Brenton and Megan deconstruct tropes often associated with Chinese heritage. In a time with particularly strong anti-Chinese sentiment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, making work that contributes to the visibility of Chinese American artists feels especially urgent.

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Dance Brigade
Butterfly Effect
as part of Dance Mission's Taiko Festival

 

POSTPONED due to COVID-19! Stay Tuned for New Date/Time!

October 23rd-24th, 2021

Saturday and Sunday evening (time TBD)

Dance Mission Theater

3316 24th Street

San Francisco, CA 94110

Dance Brigade is pleased to perform excerpts of our 2020 sold out shows of Butterfly Effect, as part of Dance Mission's Taiko Festival. Featuring a live musical score by Bruce Ghent, Butterfly Effect pays tribute to the devastatingly large number of activists that have been silenced, often brutally, because they have spoken truth to power. Hear Megan sing!

Photo by: Brooke Anderson

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Dance Brigade
Butterfly Effect
as part of Paseo Artistico "History Matters in the Mission"

October 23rd, 2021

Saturday, 12:00pm-6:00pm (Dance Brigade goes on at 4:30pm)

Dance Mission Theater

3316 24th Street

San Francisco, CA 94110

Dance Brigade is pleased to perform excerpts of our 2020 sold out shows of Butterfly Effect, as part of Paseo Artistico "History Matters in the Mission". Featuring a live musical score by Bruce Ghent, Butterfly Effect pays tribute to the devastatingly large number of activists that have been silenced, often brutally, because they have spoken truth to power. Hear Megan sing!

Photo by: Robbie Sweeny of Megan Lowe and Lena Gatchalian

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Megan Lowe Dances
Tangram Project
Presented by Upswell Summit 2021

Thursday, October 21st, 2021

Artist Talk at 7:45am-8am PST (10:45am-11am EST)

Meet the Artist at 8:55am-9:55am (11:55am-12:55pm EST)

Megan Lowe Dances has been invited to discuss our project Tangram at Upswell Summit's 2021 virtual event. Megan is incredibly honored to be preceding and proceeding an amazing talk with LaTosha Brown, Angela Davis, and Angela Glover Blackwell.

 

"This year, the Summit is all about building a racially just and healthy society—and that’s a commitment that requires extraordinary ambition and inspired vision from each of us. Throughout the experience, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with passionate changemakers from every kind of mission and geography. Enhance your skills. Build deeper connections. Care for your wellbeing. Transform society." 

Photo by: RJ Muna of Megan Lowe and Brenton Cheng

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Photo by: RJ Muna

Flyaway Productions
Meet Us Quickly With Your Mercy

October 14th-17th, 2021

Thursday - Sunday at 7:00pm and 8:30pm (two shows a night)
+ Saturday matinee at 5:00pm

 

CounterPulse

80 Turk Street

San Francisco, CA 94102

Flyaway Productions premieres MEET US QUICKLY WITH YOUR MERCY, the second in a trilogy of outdoor public art performances addressing the devastating effects of mass incarceration. Meet Us Quickly is presented in partnership with the Museum of the African Diaspora, Bend The Arc Jewish Action, Prison Renaissance, and through CounterPulse’s curated co-production program. It will take place on the exterior facades of CounterPulse and the Dahlia Hotel next door. Directed by Jo Kreiter, and featuring Bianca Cabrera, Clarissa Dyas, Laura Elaine Ellis, Maddy Lawder, Megan Lowe, Sandia Sexton, and Helen Wicks.

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Photo by: Robbie Sweeny of Clarissa Dyas, Hannah Ayasse, and Krista DeNio

Julie Phelps and Marc Kate
Radius

 

September 11th, 2021

Saturday at 2:00pm-3:00pm

The McEvoy Foundation for the Arts

1150 25th Street, Building B

San Francisco, CA 94107

Performed by a group of experimental dancers and electronic musicians, the work aims to create a temporary zone governed by collaboration, mutability, and fluidity rather than hierarchy, power, and structure. Dancers and musicians are both responsive and generative in turn with inspiration and influence moving in both directions. The composition is collectively devised, continuously revealing emergent poetics within the stream of images, movements, and sonics. Responding to both harmony and discord, Radius is a rehearsal of being with – with other people, with the land, with whatever comes next. 

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Greg Angelo Museum
Lost Interiors

 

August 26th, 2021

Thursday at 6:00pm-7:00pm

Virtual Premier Registration Online

The Gregangelo Museum presents Lost Interiors, a video poem that uses site-specific dance to explore how the body experiences a lost attachment to a familiar daily place. Featuring poetry by Tongo Eisen-Martin, Miah Jeffra, and Nazelah Jameson and dance by Megan Lowe, this virtual premiere features a screening of the film followed by a live Q&A.

Still by: Benjamin Friedman

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Photo by: Maurice Ramirez

Megan Lowe Dances
Maw Jaw
Presented by Upswell Pop-up
as part Let’s Talk About Money

July 27th, 2021

Tuesday at 11:00am-1:30pm PST (2:00pm-4:30pm EST)

 

Free Registration Online

Megan Lowe Dances has been invited to share our film Maw Jaw at Upswell Pop-up's Let's Talk About Money virtual event. "Our culture likes to pretend that it’s impolite to talk about money and yet, as nonprofit, movement, or foundation leaders, it rules our every waking moment. So, let’s talk about money. Do we actually have enough resources in this sector? Are they getting to Black, Native, Latinx, and other communities of color? How well are we accounting for our ongoing crises? And what are our data telling us about whether we are moving in the right direction or need a major course correction? There are a ton of questions, and leaders from all levels of the charitable community have different paths toward solutions. In Pop Up #3 we’ll make sense of how organizations and movements should be resourced to achieve the healthy and antiracist world we’re striving to create."

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Photo by: Robbie Sweeny of Johnny Huy Nguyen and Megan Lowe

Lenora Lee Dance
And the Community Will Rise - Excerpts
as part of the Ping Yuen-Peaceful Garden Summer Block Party

July 17th, 2021

Saturday at 12:20pm

(The day’s events will take place from 11am - 3pm)

Ping Yuen Center

795 Pacific Street

San Francisco, CA 94133

 

Lenora Lee Dance is thrilled to be participating in the “Ping Yuen-Peaceful Garden Summer Block Party”, an event promoting unity and solidarity within our communities, with an emphasis on our Black and Asian community. Chinatown Community Development Center celebrates the rainbow of cultures within the Ping Yuen Properties as well as provide a day of enrichment, showcasing cultural dancing, food, spoken word, performances, games, inviting pillars of the community such as Norman Fong, Mayor London Breed, Supervisor Aaron Peskin, UNITED PLAYAZ, Community Youth Center and the Street Violence Intervention Program. “Say it Loud, I’m Ping Yuen and I’m Proud,” embodies the spirit of what the “Peaceful Garden Summer Block Party” will emit into the Ping Yuen residents, Pride in Togetherness, Solidarity and Peace within our communities.

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Flyaway Productions
The Wait Room (Portland, Oregon)
Presented by Boom Arts in Act Out Festival

 

June 25th-27th, 2021

Friday at 5:00pm

Saturday and Sunday at 11:00am

Zidell Yards

3121 SW Moody Ave, Portland, Oregon

Engaging the ideas of waiting and weighting, The Wait Room blends oral history, dance, music and public art in an exploration of the physical, psychic and emotional burdens of prison for women with  incarcerated loved ones. Directed by Jo Kreiter, and featuring Bianca Cabrera, Clarissa Dyas, Laura Elaine Ellis, Sonsherée Giles, MaryStarr Hope, and Megan Lowe.

Photo by: Austin Forbord of Clarissa Dyas and Megan Lowe

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Photo by: Maurice Ramirez

Megan Lowe Dances
Maw Jaw
Presented by the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center
as part of the 24th annual United States of Asian America Festival

Sunday, May 30th, 2021

Portsmouth Square - Chinatown

Clay Street and Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

Saturday, June 5th, 2021

Kapwa Gardens - SoMa

976 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

Megan Lowe Dances and Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center team up to present Maw Jaw, a free outdoor dance event at Portsmouth Square, featuring a site-specific dance film journey and live excerpts from MLD’s Tangram project. Maw Jaw rehearsals will occur outside in public spaces around San Francisco’s Chinatown—activating benches, railings, poles, stairs, and play structures—inviting passersby to witness the creative process, enhancing community engagement, sparking conversations, and inspiring interest in dance as a tool to engage with the environment/people around us. This project is in solidarity with the API community.