CALL FOR ARTISTS from Mogan Thorson



Proposals must be submitted in full by March 1, 2011.

Decisions will be made by by March 6, 2011.

Works must be finished by April 10th, 2011.


Please submit the following via email to :

–       5 to 10 digital slides

–       A written proposal describing the project you would make (400 words or less)

–       Artist Resume

For more information about Morgan Thorson or the production of FAT/dig, please contact


Minneapolis-based choreographer, Morgan Thorson is seeking local visual artists to create works to be incorporated into a new dance work to be presented during the 2011 Fusebox Festival.

Thorson’s new project, FAT/dig, will be an evening length dance for 5 performers that explores the autobiographical, physical and evolutionary features of fat and trash. Thorson’s research stems from an interest in how the perception of our own fat is never static, and at times, grossly distorted, creating a gap between how we see ourselves and how we feel.  FAT/dig will both create and mine these kinds of perceptual gaps. She is researching how flesh has been represented over time, specifically evidenced in the painted images of the iconic reclining nude.

Thorson is also researching trash—how the things we toss out reveal who we are and what we do. She’s interested in the “dumb”, inanimate nature of objects as well as the monstrous fusion of body and object: something part-human, part-artifact, part-culture, part-trash. In excavating this material, Thorson envisions the dance as an archaeological dig, exposing discoveries that shift our understanding of fat and trash.  This approach will yield a work that is a cross between social experience, visual art, and choreography.

In the same way that we as humans amass objects in our lives, FAT/dig will accumulate content by commissioning and incorporating works by local artists as it tours the United States and Europe.  This accumulation will alter the work at each new stage, continuing the investigation of how objects change over time, and how context instigates that change.

Contributing artists will be granted a $500 fee for their work. Their art will be displayed and handled in a performative setting, and will tour with FAT/dig.  Dimensions and weight will be considered, as work must travel easily.  All artists will be considered, regardless of medium.


For Morgan Thorson, dance-making is an occupation of necessity. Her choreography is driven by a persistent need to investigate culturally, socially and perceptually-relevant life experience, and is deepened by her continued study of dance as a purveyor of the same. Dance-making is all encompassing and is her conduit to understanding everything.

Thorson thinks of her dances as layers of visibility. On stage she doesn’t show everything, all of the time.  During the creative process, she takes a reading: what kind of information is she getting from space and bodies together?  She builds upon this information and then reveals it, directly and indirectly in the work. She constructs physical interactions where kinesthetic forms, patterns, energy and images frame human-to-human connections—opening the floodgates of memory, expectation, astonishment, amusement and even suffering.

In developing new concepts and forms, she draws on research, both contemporary and historical, around science, art-making, pop culture, sociology, politics, and gender issues. Many of her works look at the juxtapositions between built and natural constructs. Her final productions mix movement, light, sound and objects, always taking into consideration the site of the work, the representation of the body, the impulses of her collaborators, and the history of the field.

Morgan is the recipient of the 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship, The McKnight Fellowship in Choreography in 2009 & 2002, The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) Fellowship in 2008-2009; and several awards from The Jerome Foundation from 1998-2007. Morgan is currently “Best Choreographer” of 2010 awarded by the Minneapolis-St. Paul City Pages for her work, Heaven.  Her work has been commissioned by Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Performance Space 122 in New York and DiverseWorks in Houston. She received a 2007 Sage Award for Outstanding Choreography for Docudrama as well as “Best Choreographer” of 2008 by the City Pages. Her full-evening work Faker, commissioned by Walker Art Center and The Southern Theater received a 2006 Sage Award for Outstanding Choreography as well. Other honors also include the McKnight Foundation 2010 Dance To Go award; and The Bessie Schonberg Memorial Fellowship 2004 for her work at Djerassi Resident Art Program.


About Women and Their Work Gallery

Known for its pioneering spirit, embrace of artistic innovation, and commitment to Texas audiences and artists, Women & Their Work Art Space is a one of a kind statewide non-profit organization. Voted “Best Gallery” numerous times in the Austin Chronicle Readers Poll, Women & Their Work Gallery showcases exhibitions of contemporary art throughout the year and presents performances, readings, film screenings and educational outreach programs.
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