Tickets & Events

Meg Foley

KST Presents

Blood Baby: Communion

Friday & Saturday, September 22* – 23, 2023
*Post performance discussion with ASL interpretation

Kelly Strayhorn Theater | 5941 Penn Ave.
Pay What Moves You: $15 – $35


An interdisciplinary celebration of queer kinship, radical gender performance, and belonging, Blood Baby offers a fresh and multifaceted exploration of the queer family experience through dance, installation, and community events.

Three related events—Communion, Primordial, and a Queer Parent Convening — each embrace distinctive aspects of the experience of being a human (body) — parenting queerly, gender dimensions, and queer universes — while centering the perspective of queer parents.

Communion: Exploring the relationship between body and language, this participatory event involves shared reading, facilitated embodiment, and dialogue between Foley and the audience. Overlapping geology, gestation, and parenting, Communion explores the shape and feeling of language on and against our bodies, demonstrating how language extends, represents, and ruptures our corporeal identities. (60 minutes)

Primordial: An otherworldly, sensual video and sound installation by visual artist (and Foley’s co-parent) Carmichael Jones, Primordial’s “rock drag” captures Foley dancing with the landscape, connecting geology, transformation, and queer gestation. (Looped, 35 minutes)

Additionally, a Queer Parent Convening invites queer and trans parents to connect and share about their experiences of parenting and family-building in relationship to gender, sexuality, community, and what parenting queerly means to them.

Blood Baby is supported by a National Dance Project Award from New England Foundation for the Arts and National Performance Network Creation Fund and Development Fund grants, with additional support provided by Leeway Foundation, Indiana University-Bloomington Arts & Humanities Council, a mini-Roser grant, and a USC Visions & Voices grant. 

Additional research support provided by ATLAS Institute B2 Center for Media, Arts & Performance (CU Boulder), Redline Gallery, Kinsey Institute, Velocity Dance Center, ONE Archives at USC, National Center for Choreography Akron, SPACE Gallery, and CounterPulse.


Welcome Dinner & Artist Talk
with Fran Flaherty & Meg Foley

Monday, September 18
with ASL interpretation


Kelly Strayhorn Theater | 5941 Penn Ave.
Pay What Moves You: $0 – $25

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The Embodied Imaginary
with Meg Foley
Co-Presented with PearlArts

Wednesday, September 20
9:00am – 10:15am

KST’s Alloy Studios | 5530 Penn Ave.
Pay What Moves You: $10 – $25

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Queer Parent Convening
with Meg Foley

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

KST’s Alloy Studios | 5530 Penn Ave.
Pay What Moves You: $0 – $25

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Meg Foley is a queer dance artist, educator, and parent who creates performances and somatic-based events as self-affirming practices. She currently researches gay and trans families and how we are formed. Her improvisational practice builds detailed movement vocabularies out of scientifically-engaged research and lived experience. Artistic collaborations include co-curating Tender Hotel, a 24-hour virtual hotel hosting rooms facilitated by 100+ international artists within Art Station Foundation’s and CounterPulse’s Grand reUnion, and a National Center for Choreography Akron Dancing Lab exploring how artistic and parenting practices overlap with fellow artist parents. She grew up in the DC area, was a creative movement baby who grew up to do a lot of club dancing, studied visual art and dance, and now is a queerdo mama, based in Philadelphia.

Rabbit aL Friedrich (they/them) engages with inquiries of site, material integrity, and environmental impact. Rabbit has worked at Huntington Botanical Gardens, La Fábrica de Arte Cubano (Havana), Centro Cultural Español Miami, the Movement Center for Art & Social Justice (Kampala, Uganda), in escape rooms, parking lots, an airport, and the chapel of a decommissioned convalescent home. Currently making miniatures in conversation with grief and designing rituals/practices of embodying queer ecologies, they live in Portland, OR, and hold an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.

Carmichael Jones works in installation, sculpture, film, photography and performative objects to upend parameters of the encounter and orientation. Their work addresses political concerns of communication and the structure of seeing and being seen and mirrors the bodily aspect of viewing through material and spatial contradictions, emphasizing edges or the periphery and exposing the nuances of encountering to queer the act of art-viewing. Philadelphia-based, they hold an MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Valerie Oliveiro is a dance and performance maker based in the Twin Cities and from Singapore. While they currently engage movement as their primary motor for expression, they also engage in other expressions, such as design, writing, drawing and photography, as generative, complexly relational proposals. Currently, they are a Co-Artistic Director at Red Eye Theater, ensemble member at Lighting Rod (QTBIPOC-led performance organism) and co-run a small performance incubator, MOVO SPACE. A 2023-24 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow, Valerie’s current research excavates notions, realities and imaginations of vastness. They maintain a long-term creative practice with Jennifer Monson.

Sylvan Oswald is an interdisciplinary artist originally from Philadelphia who creates plays, texts, publications, and video. His work uses metatheatricality and formal irreverence to explore queer and trans identity. Recent projects include the theatrical essay Trainers and the performance text High Winds, based on the book of the same name he co-authored with graphic designer Jessica Fleischmann. Sylvan’s lo-fi semi-improvised web series Outtakes starring Becca Blackwell and Zuzanna Szadkowski is hosted at Honors include a 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rosati Fellowship from Duke University Libraries, the Thom Thomas award from The Dramatists Guild, a Jerome Fellowship, and residencies at Sundance/Ucross, Macdowell Colony, and Yaddo.

Michèle Steinwald is a feminist, DIY, artist-centered, community-driven, cultural organizer. Committed to social justice in the arts, she has researched and facilitated original sessions at conferences and professional gatherings; been an artist mentor for Creative Capital’s retreat and Arts Midwest’s ArtsLab; managed projects for DanceUSA and NEFA/National Dance Project;  and worked as a performance curator. Although Canadian, Steinwald currently works in the US as an independent curator, community organizer, and writer.

The Queer Parents Convenings were conceived of in collaboration with co-facilitators Pati Garcia, Paloma N. Irizarry, Darcelle Lewis, and Michèle Steinwald and with manager Linnea deRoche. 

  • Pati Garcia is a queer latinx certified Sexological Bodyworker and Certified Professional Midwife. Pati has been involved in revolutionary somatic approaches to feminist body autonomy cultivation from a latinx gender non conforming perspective since 2004.
  • Paloma N Irizarry is a Boricua birthworker, performer, creator, and facilitator who feels at home in the unknown and collective problem-solving based in Philadelphia. 
  • Darcelle Lewis is a queer and non-binary feminist and mental health activist from Trinidad & Tobago.
  • Michèle Steinwald is a Canadian, feminist, DIY, artist-centered, pseudo-forensic, embodied, community-driven, cultural organizer working in the US. (longer bio above)
  • Linnea Carlson deRoche is a Philadelphia-based queer parent, educator, theater artist, and project manager. With a Masters in Education, they have developed alternative educational experiences for children and queer youth, including organizing and leading travel abroad trips and creating curriculum for kids for 15+ years. They co-direct School Free Players, a youth theater company performing original plays, often using Theatre of the Oppressed and devised theater exercises as the framework for creation and liberation work.