Megrez Mosher, daughter of historical artist Dean and ballerina/studio co-owner Pagan Mosher, recently returned to Fairhope from New York. She's spent time collaborating with her father on a book about Fairhope for Page & Palette and has taught some dance classes for her mother. Though she plans to return to New York in a few weeks, she brought an interesting hobby with her as she traveled south. Here's our Q & A:
Q. How long have you been doing aerial silks and where/for whom do you perform?
A. I began aerial silks when I moved to New York City in October 2011. A friend of mine invited me to an aerial class; I was hooked after my first class. I started performing for small groups with the aerialists, jugglers, fire manipulators and block heads I was training with, we call the group The Gowanus Circus. I also freelance with a company called Modern Gypsies (the founder, Michael Saab, is an Alabama native) and we perform for events and parties. One of my favorite aerial performances was the Cuckoo Bird in Children Dance Theatre's “Carnival of the Animals” in Fairhope this fall (2012). I love comedy and I was able to integrate my passion to make people laugh into this piece.
Q. What do you love/hate about the art form?
A. Aerial is a beautiful art form that takes a lot of time and devotion and sacrifice. Bruises, silk abrasion, sore muscles are all part of practice and training. I wouldn't have it any other way, because at the end of the day, I know that I have worked hard and made progress. There are always new tricks to learn, new ways to sequence them together.
Q. Talk about your background in dance and any other performing arts.
A. My second home as a child was Creative Outlet Dance Center. My mother is the co-owner and ballet instructor. She never forced dance on me, I loved it and was very fortunate to do it throughout my childhood. I loved the world of the theater (both on and off-stage) and became involved in Theatre 98 when I was a teenager. At college, I focused on creative writing and studied in the theater and dance department at Pacific University of Oregon. I graduated in 2008 and returned home to teach ballet at Creative Outlet for the next three years.
Q. What's your Fairhope book about and when do you expect it to be finished?
A. The book I am working on with my father, Dean Mosher, is the anecdotal history of Fairhope. I have been so blessed to be from such a beautiful town with such a rich past, filled with amazing people and unique events. The book will be rich in photographs and anecdotes. We have been working hard to get as much as we can. It's maddening knowing that I cannot put everything in it, but we hope this will be a good conversation piece to show people what the essence of Fairhope is. The book is scheduled to be released in November.
Q. When will you return to New York and what will you do when you get there?
A. I'm currently studying to be a personal trainer. I'll be freelance writing, acting and dancing. It's going to be tough, but I have found New York City to be filled with wonderfully supportive people. Whenever I feel overwhelmed, I love to go to the People's Improv Theatre for a jam session or simply explore the city.