I want to connect people back the vital role of making art as a way to navigate our surroundings, to cultivate our senses, and to discover a kind of rare wildness in this world. Each moment of making offers us an acute sensitivity to our surroundings, altering the way we see and care for the places where we live. How and where we live should affect the ways in which we come together to make art. In equal measure, art has the power to speak directly back to the action we take in our daily lives.
Cassie Meador is a choreographer, performer, educator and Artistic Director of the Dance Exchange. Her work is imbued with a passion for her surroundings, a belief in the human capacity for change, and a conviction that art can be a potent form of research and communication.
In recent years, Cassie’s choreographic investigations have tackled numerous social and environmental issues through the synthesis of movement, sound, and striking visual images. Drift, her 2008 work commissioned by the Kennedy Center and recognized with a Metro DC Dance Award, explores the human relationship to land over time. Her current choreographic project, How To Lose a Mountain, will incorporate a 500-mile walk from Washington, D.C. to West Virginia to trace the sources of the energy that fuel her home. Her Moving Field Guides, an interactive experience led by artists, naturalists and regional experts in ecology, is being implemented in partnership with the USDA Forest Service.
Other recent and current projects give testament to Cassie’s expanding leadership role in the arts, education, and the environment. Reaching over 400 girls, she worked with Girl Scouts of Hawaii to enhance environmental curriculums through movement, art, and community engagement, with the goal of empowering girls to become leaders in their communities. Through three years of work with the faculty at Wesleyan University’s College of the Environment she is influencing educators and students to embrace a cross-disciplinary approach to conservation and environmental education. She was recently selected as the sole artist representative to a research initiative of the International Human Dimensions Program on Global Environmental Change. Cassie is an Associate Artist of the Center for Creative Research. Her writing has been commissioned by Dance Magazine and the National Association for Interpretation.
Cassie has taught and created dances in communities throughout the U.S. and internationally in Japan, Canada, London, Ireland, and Guyana. Her work has also been presented at the Bealtaine Festival in Ireland, the Asian Contemporary Art Museum in Japan, Round House Theatre, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Center for the Arts at Wesleyan, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dance Place, and the Kohler Arts Center.
Born in Charleston, SC, and raised Augusta, GA, Cassie received her B.F.A. in dance from The Ohio State University. She joined the performing company of the Dance Exchange in 2002 and assumed the role of Artistic Director in 2011.
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