Meryl Murman


Artist Bio

Meryl Murman is a New Orleans based choreographer and filmmaker engaged with the intersection of movement and cinema. Her performance work and award winning films have been presented internationally in London, Madrid, Berlin, and Nice, and nationally in NYC (Soho Rep), Los Angeles (REDCAT), Austin Texas (Fusebox Festival). Most recently her choreography, The Lipstick, had its national premier as part of the Contemporary Art Center’s 40th Anniversary season in New Orleans, LA and internationally at Kunstquartier Bethanian in Berlin Germany. It was nominated for a 2016 Big Easy Award for Outstanding Choreography.

She has taught and presented her research on movement and image making processes at ImPulsTanz in Vienna, Austria and in residency at IZOLYATSIA in Kiev Ukraine, and FIX-in Art in Thessaloniki Greece, as well as various universities in the US. She is the artistic director of FLOCK, a cohort of unique individuals dedicated to creating offbeat performances and stretching the boundaries of contemporary dance in New Orleans, LA.

Photo credit: Sam Ernst
Dancers: Eric Namaky, Liv Rush

Photo credit: Sam Ernst Dancers: Eric Namaky, Liv Rush

Photo credit: Sam Ernst
Dancers: Eric Namaky, Liv Rush

In rehearsal for  The CASSANDRA Project

In rehearsal for The CASSANDRA Project

This past year she was an Artist in Residence at IZOLYATSIA in Kyiv Ukraine through the US Embassy where she hosted a two-month laboratory exploring embodied cinema and alternative approaches to archive with LGBT refugees from Russia and Ukraine. In 2019 her research contributed to and was published in becoming-Botanicals through the Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow Scotland. She’s been an artist in residence at IRT in NYC, University of Maine in Bangor, and FIX-in Art in Thessaloniki, Greece, and presented research/guest taught at ImpulsTanz International Dance Festival in Vienna, The Hemispheric Institute Mexico City, CalState Long Beach, Tulane University, and Yale University. Internationally her art has been presented in Spain, Germany, UK, South Africa, Mexico and France. Her experimental film le Pain received awards and nominations as an official selection at East End Film Festival in London (Audience Choice Award), Madrid International Film Festival (Best Editing), St Tropez International Film Festival, and Washington D.C. Independent Film Festival. Most recently it was presented at Anthology Film Archives in NYC as part of RADAR: Exchanges in Dance Film Frequencies. She is currently in development on her feature film, ways of forgetting in New Orleans, LA. In addition to making dances that are films and films that are dances, Meryl is an active community organizer, and arts curator in New Orleans, and writes a weekly column, The CASSANDRA Project featuring fabulous feminist killjoys for NoLA Vie. She is the co-founder and artistic director of FLOCK, an international constellation of distinct individuals dedicated to pushing the boundaries of contemporary dance in performance and in film. 

MFA Choreography and Integrated Media, California Institute for the Arts. BFA NYU Tisch.

Full CV available upon request.