Megan Saunders trained at Laban, before completing her MA as a member of Transitions Dance Company. She has since had a varied career as a dance artist, performing for choreographers including Lizzi Kew–Ross, Lea Anderson, and Frauke Requardt. Her interest in circus developed whilst performing for The Arbonauts and Layla Rosa in roles that include aerial work and she has participated in research, development and training with Upswing Aerial.
Megan also works in visual arts contexts and has performed internationally for Xavier Le Roy, Marten Spangberg and Tino Sehgal. She has proposed and performed a series of works in exhibitions at The Hayward Gallery and her new piece, which considers embodying infrastructure, was performed in the 2014 exhibition, Mirror City. Other choreographic credits include two series’ of children’s dance films for BBC learning.
Sharing dance with people is a vital part of Megan’s practice. She regularly teaches at Trinity Laban and has taught for companies including Richard Alston, The Cholmondeleys and The Southbank Centre.
How did you come to be a performer?
When I was little, I was sent to gymnastics (because I was jumping around on the sofas too much) and fell in love with moving and dancing though that journey.
How do you prepare before a performance?
I once heard someone say something about that moment that I can relate to. Those that are loud get really quiet, and those that are quiet get really loud. Their personalities reverse. I don’t know which category I fit into. I think that I tend to try and just take some time for myself.
How does performing outside feel compared to inside?
I probably have more experience performing outside than inside to be honest. I really enjoy it because somehow it feels more connected to the real world. I like the challenges it proposes; the weather, the passers-by. It helps you look at the work from a wider variety of angles.
What was the first record you bought?
I don’t think I’ve ever bought a vinyl for myself. I really remember my parents Bob Marley LP, ‘Catch a Fire’. It was in the shape of a zippo lighter. I just really remember that as a kid, being around and playing it.
How do you feel when you perform?
It’s hard to say. I guess the thing that I love when you’re performing is that you’re really in that moment and nowhere else.
If you weren’t a performer, what would you like to do?
My other passion than dancing is food growing. If I wasn’t a dancer I’d like to produce food, probably herbs for culinary and medicinal use.
What do you like to do on your day off?
I like to be by water or in the woods. So wherever I am, I tend to seek out one of those things.