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
Will’s work has been presented throughout the Twin Cities and across the United States. Including local performances recently at the Walker Art Center Choreographer’s Evening, the Red Eye Theater’s New Works 4 Weeks, the Radical Recess series and Late Nite at the Pillsbury House Theater. Will has been named ‘One to watch, one to embrace’ as the Keeper Award recipient in 2010 from Metro Magazine, she received a 2011 Sage Award nomination, named a highlight of the 2014 dance season by the Star Tribune for her role in Off Leash Area’s Maggie’s Brain and was recently a featured artist in Lavender Magazine’s ‘Choreographers that Move Us’. Will has recently received the Right Here Showcase commission and will premiere Bruja in San Francisco in April and Minneapolis in May 2017.
In addition to creating her own work Will has performed with Rosy Simas Danse, Off Leash Area, PramiliaVasudevan’s Aniccha Arts, Deborah Thayer’s Movement Architecture, Vanessa Voskuil, Joe Horton, CompanyBlu (Italy), Sasha Klienplatz (Montreal), Body Cartography Project, Jim Lieberthal, Cathy Wright and Miguel Guiterrez.
(photo credit: Alice Gebura)