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Walker Reader

Taja Will

Choreographer/performer Taja Will creates work using the moving body to explore realities of social consciousness. She delves into images, emotions and ideas in the creative process, and her performances parallel everyday extremes. For Taja, the body is a vehicle by which to explore the experience of an individual within community. Her technique straddles the line between movement and voice; resulting with performances which uniquely marry the sonic and kinetic. Will’s work uses techniques of structured improvisation, choreography and contact improvisation to manifest an aesthetic of agency and spontaneity. ‘She’s after is connection. Looking at Will is like opening the door to a fire: she glows’ Lightesy Darst, MN Artists Metro Magazine calls Will, ‘one to watch, one to embrace’ as she was the 2010 Keeper award recipient for outstanding artist in the Twin Cities. Will has also been nominated for the Sage Awards for Dance in the category of Outstanding Ensemble. Most recently she has received the 416 Club commission in collaboration with Joe Horton and the American Composers Forum Live Music for Dance Grant in collaboration with Paul Rudoi. As an independent artist Taja has performed and taught throughout the United States in New York City, Western Massachusetts, Seattle, Boulder, Decorah and throughout the Bay Area. Locally her work has been seen at the Red Eye Theater as part of the Works-In-Progress series and Isolated Acts, at the Ritz Theater for Renovate Choreographer’s Evening (2010, 2013), at the Walker Art Center’s Choreographer’s Evening (2009, 2012), at Fall Out Art Space, in the Dance Film Project, at Patrick’s Cabaret for Kinetic Kitchen, Bryant Lake Bowl, and various site specific venues. She has recently performed works with Rosy Simas, OffLeash Area, Company Blu (Italy), Sasha Kleinplatz (Montreal), Jim Lieberthal, Lynn Andrews, Miguel Gutierrez, the RAW (Ready At Will) Dance Collective, Body Cartography Project and Cathy Wright among others. Will is a movement educator offering workshops in somatic modalities, improvisational choreography, contact improvisation and composition. In 2014-2015 she will offer workshops at Hamline University, Luther College, Brown University, set a new work on Alternative Motion Project and partner with Blake Nellis to teach at the Peaceable Barn in Connecticut.