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, 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 the performer to 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 programing 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 through out 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, explore your creative desires.
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Workshops

Meaningful Metaphors: Butoh Intensive with Meshi Chavez
New Expressive Works, Portland Oregon
$395 – $295 Sliding Scale
June 1st – 5th, 2022 

16 Spots Available 

As movers, dancers, and makers, our relationship to our own artistry often depends on answering a call to explore the unseen, hidden and overlooked aspects of our lives. In this time of uncertainty it is possible to harness creative potential, by attuning our attention and leaning into “not knowing”. This requires us to sharpen the tools of embodiment, presence, patience, courage and kindness. Join Middlebury’s Artist in Residence for this 5 day dance intensive as we explore movement, practice creative generation and focus on transforming our discoveries into potent meaningful metaphors. 

Meshi Chavez is a teacher, choreographer, and performer. His work is predicated on the concept that creativity is our birthright. With a career that has spanned over two decades, he has taught and performed nationally and internationally. Meshi is currently Artist in Residence at Middlebury College. He works with author, scholar and theologian Matthew Fox, teaching Movement as Meditation. He has taught at Schumacher College and offered online courses through The Shift Network. His choreography has been presented at The Joan Mitchell Foundation in New Orleans.

Covid Policy:  Upon entry participants will be required to show proof of vaccination. Do Not come to the workshop If you are experiencing cold or flu like symptoms.Masks will be available and we will follow Oregon State mask protocol. 

Workshop Times : June 1st – 5th, 2022
Wed & Thurs 6p – 8p, Fri 6p-9p
Sat & Sun 10a -1p
Space is limited to 16 spots – Full payment is required to hold your spot.

Payment by PayPal or Venmo

To register for this workshop and schedule payment, please email Meshi Chavez at meshichavez@icloud.com  

The Body Tells Its Own Story: Zoom Workshop 
June 13th, 6pm PST – 9pm PST
$75 – $110 – payment by PayPal or Venmo
16 Spots Available 

There are countless tales written within the fabric of your body. With your attention towards your embodiment, the playground of movement and narrative can be discovered. In this innovative 3-hour workshop we will begin to explore the relationship between movement and spoken word. Together we will practice somatic techniques to gain further insight into the stories that reside within. 

Join Middlebury’s Artist in Residence Meshi Chavez and NW Creative & Expressive Arts Institute faculty member Kriya Kaping as we guide you in developing a stronger relationship to movement, presence, and your personal narrative.

To register for this workshop and schedule payment, please email Meshi Chavez at meshichavez@icloud.com  

Kriya Kaping, BA, MA is a storyteller, multimedia creative director, and educator. She has worked regionally and internationally creating trainings and adult education initiatives, webinars, workshops, panels, and roundtables. Kriya is a seasoned storyteller and facilitator who has collaborated on a number of courses with Bobbie Kidder, Drama Therapy faculty at Antioch University in Seattle, WA. Kriya has performed her personal stories for the stage with Portland Storytellers’ Guild, Portland Story Theater, Speakeasy DC, and Living Stages.

Meshi Chavez is a teacher, choreographer, and performer. His work is predicated on the concept that creativity is our birthright. With a career that has spanned over two decades he has taught and performed nationally and internationally. Meshi is currently Artist in Residence at Middlebury College. He works with author, scholar and theologian Matthew Fox, teaching Movement as Meditation. He has taught at Schumacher College and offered online courses through The Shift Network. His choreography has been presented at The Joan Mitchell Foundation in New Orleans.