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.
Megan Doheny (USA) and Ilya Nikurov (RUS) met working as dancers for the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (KCDC) in Israel, and began creating performance works together in 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 collaborative dance project, "Outrun The Bear," performing and screening their works in theatres and festivals in Israel, the United States, the Netherlands, Portugal, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Japan, Mexico, Singapore and South Korea. In 2023, Megan was an Artist in Residence at LA Dance Project as a part of Launch:LA, and a guest artist at Chapman University.
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 wishes to create experiences for the viewer that lead 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 thought-provoking contexts.
Photos: Jingzi Zhao