Megan Doheny and Ilya Nikurov met working as dancers for the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (KCDC) in Israel, and have been creating together since 2015. From 2016-2020, they worked as choreographers for the International Dance Journey Program, in addition to creating works for KCDC's main company as a part of the Alternative Stage Platform in Israel. In 2021, they established their dance project, "Outrun The Bear," performing and screening their works in festivals and choreography competitions throughout Europe, the United States, Israel, and South Korea. Megan and Ilya's works investigate the fantasies derived from the present moment's complex/ beautiful/ difficult realities. Warping the familiar and embodying the imagined, Outrun the Bear hopes to create experiences for the viewer that leads to questions and fresh perspectives.
“Our research exists in the space between reality and the dream world. Bringing honesty and authenticity to the forefront of our work through conditions of fantasy and imagination, we share personal stories with our audiences in a new context. Delving into the archive of emotions within us, we have developed our findings into an expressive physical language that is centered around playing with the range of dynamics and qualities within our emotional states, bringing viewers on a journey with us into a world that is unknown, yet familiar.”
There is a saying,
“when being chased by a bear,
you don’t need to outrun the bear, you just need to outrun your friend”
We choose to ’Outrun The Bear’ together- a statement that symbolizes our commitment to partnership and the practice of upholding a supportive, collaborative environment as the foundation of our creative journey.
Photos: Mark David