About Meshi

I believe that radical presence requires radical attentiveness. Movement is our birthright; it has the power to animate feeling, and breathe life into all of creation. My mission as a dancer, instructor, and choreographer is focused on reconfiguring the mind to embrace the unknown, and linger there long enough for intuition and the body’s intelligence to arise and flourish through creativity.

My life’s work is fueled by what poet John O’Donohue refers to as “a divine restlessness in the human heart” I continue to seek experiences that unearth the beauty, richness, and complexity of being human. I’m inspired by themes of longing and belonging. My practice is rooted in the traditions of Butoh and draws from Latinx culture and Indigenous spiritual knowledge systems while embracing the Zen Buddhist philosophy that we live moment to moment.

My revisionist approach to choreography is the way I confront Supremacy inherited through our collective cultural trauma. It begins with stripping away ideas of what dance should or could be, thus shifting energy towards creative possibilities that exist when we learn to trust our instincts. I then focus on the method of distillation–refining movement to essential gestures. Finally, I allow no wasted space, I approach every moment in the work (both active and passive) with equal curiosity. This process encourages and strengthens a palpable presence in dance that holds space for movements of joy, discovery, and delight. My work creates space for the audience to permeate the invisible boundaries between themselves and the performer, and for the performer to permeate the invisible boundaries between themselves and the divine.

Meshi Chavez is currently Artist In Residence at Middlebury College. His career has spanned two decades allowing him to teach, present and perform nationally and internationally. His work is predicated on the concept that creativity is our birthright. Through the discipline of training the mind, body, and spirit, we learn to claim this creative force and build from there. He has taught at Schumacher College and Middlebury College where he choreographed Dance Company Middlebury 2019-2020. His choreography has been presented at The Joan Mitchell Foundation in New Orleans. Chavez is co-founder of Momentum Conscious Movement, where he has been creating in-person and online, ongoing adult movement education programs for more than 20 years. He works internationally with author, scholar, and theologian Matthew Fox, teaching Movement as Meditation, with a recent online course through The Shift Network. His mentors include choreographers Denise Fujiwara and Natsu Nakajima. He believes that cultivating creativity, strengthening curiosity, and embracing the unknown, is the secret to making an artful life.

“Meshi is an extraordinary teacher who teaches with heart and head and body and from a deep place where Spirit moves and awakens and heals.  Students of course love him!” Matthew Fox

Performance

Masked & Then We Were Three –
Masked – Choreography & Performance – Meshi Chavez.
Music –  A good day to live – Composed & Performed – Lisa DeGrace
Then We Were Three – Middlebury Student Work – Spring 2022
Choreography – Meshi Chavez & Kari Borni

Lorro: of wings and seas –
The 9th Asia pacific triennial of contemporary art, Brisbane Australia — 2019
Movement Choreography – Meshi Chavez
Spoken Word – Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner
Performed – Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner

Being Moved Performance Intensive Participants 2017 –
Choreography – Meshi Chavez
Music Composed & Performed – Lisa DeGrace
Artistic Consultant/Design – Yukiyo Kawano
Performers – Mara Steen, Teresa Vanderkin, Jen Gwirtz, Nicole Walters, and Joe Mclaughlin

Suspended Moment Performance – Hiroshima Remembrance Day 2017 Choreography & Performed – Meshi Chavez
Artistic Design & Sculptural Installation – Yukiyo Kawano
Music Composed & Performed – Lisa DeGrace
Spoken Word Creation – Alison Cobb
Video Installation – Stephen Miller

Artistic Collaboration – Meshi Chavez & Winky Wheeler
Portland Art Museum  – 2015

Classes

You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.
– Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

There are several opportunities to study with Meshi Chavez. He offers weekly drop-in online classes, Audio classes, Independent Study programs, and several workshops throughout the year.

Weekly classes
All classes currently are being offered through Zoom or Audio only session

Butoh Foundations (Online Class)
PDT – Portland – (Monday) 6:00p -7:15p
MDT – Albuquerque – (Monday) 7:00p – 8:15p
EDT – Vermont/NYC – (Monday) 9:00p – 10:15p
CST – Taiwan CST (Tuesday) 10:00a – 11:15a
AEST – Melbourne – (Tuesday) – 1:00a -2:15p

$25 – $5 sliding scale
Zoom – Online class or 7-day access to the Audio Recording of class

Butoh Foundations is on break until the start of September 2022 –
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Sunday Morning Dance
Sundays, 10a- 11:15a (PST)
$25 – $5 sliding scale

Zoom – Online class
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Inquiry- Independent Study Program
Personalized Independent Movement Program
Deepen your personal practice, and explore your creative desires.
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Workshops

The Animal Teachers Series draws inspiration from the other creatures with whom we share this earth. Dance teachers disguised as everyday beings. We will investigate our relationship with these beings, and how they inhabit their worlds. What wisdom might we glean from the winged ones or the four-legged ones? What creations are inspired by those who swim in the water, or dig deep into the earth?

Animal Teachers is a committed group of dancers who are interested in finding inspiration through body, mind, and Spirit.

We gather once a month for six Sundays. Each session provides a new practice into your body and ushers you toward your own research and creation. Practicing and being in each other’s presence creates meaning and depth. Once a month we provide a zoom room for participants who wish to gather and share what their journey is offering.

The series creates space for potent discourse, deep discovery, and genuine connection. Together we will dance into new pathways.

Join Meshi Chavez & Winky Wheeler

Animal Teachers
Inquiry • Community • Creation
Online Movement Series
with Meshi Chavez and Winky Wheeler
Once a Month for
Six Sundays:
10/23, 11/20, 12/18, 1/15, 2/12, 3/12
11:30a – 1pm
$295

Sign Up and Payment can be found here under  Workshop & Events