Meg Boericke grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she trained under Pablo Perez, Sandra Zellinger, Jan Burkhard, and Lindsay Collins Shaw. She is at Elon University as a Presidential Scholar working to earn her B.F.A in Dance Performance & Choreography as well as a B.A. in Strategic Communications. At Elon, she has studied with Renay Aumiller, Gerri Houlihan, Lauren Kearns, Jen Guy Metcalf, Gaspard Louis, & Justin Tornow. In 2019, she earned the Sam White Theatre Scholarship for her contributions and accomplishments at Elon. She has performed pieces by Paul Taylor, Andrea Miller, Yoshito Sakuraba, Gaspard Louis, Matt Pardo, Sumi Clements, Ashley “Robi” Robicheaux, Lauren Kearns, Renay Aumiller, & Jen Metcalf.
REFINE & RETAIN
There are fears and freedoms often associated with memory. Although it is a natural skill we are born with, it is hard to control and difficult to solidify. We trust our memory to hold cherished moments with family and friends and create routines to help us through our day. We receive and decipher stimuli from our senses to warn us about our environment and rehearse patterns that will be useful in the future. Memory is multifaceted, but it is equally unreliable. In order to achieve long term storage, memories must pass from one stage to the next as we rehearse and record it in our mind. If we neglect it, the memory will fade away as fast as it came. My choreography records the journey of memory through each stage of storage based on Multi-store Memory Theory. These stages include sensory, short-term, and long-term. The dancer’s experience within the piece will illustrate the rehearsal process it takes to bring movement memory from one stage of storage to the next. Since memory building and storage are not uniform from person to person, time will be an influential effect on how long it takes for a movement to be remembered as well as how quickly it can be forgotten.