Autumn News 2014

Autumn Newsletter

For me this time of year feels like new beginnings and I’m eager to share all that is brewing this season.

Healer:

I am beginning a relationship with a new space being created in South Minneapolis, The People’s Movement Center.

This space is held by a diverse circle of practitioners who believe the body is our next frontier. We will offer healing and wellness practices, workshops and aim to be a hub for cultural and community based gathering. We are looking forward to opening the doors in October!

For now I’m am continuing to see new and ongoing clients in my home office. As always I tailor modalities of Energy Medicine, developmental psychotherapy and somatic bodywork to fit the needs of the client. Recently I have offered workshops in Experiential Anatomy & Yoga, Embodied Storytelling and Understanding Somatic Intelligence at Dance New England, the Avanti Center for Girls and Breaking Free Minnesota.

Artist:

In August my dear friend and internationally touring drummer Hope Medford released her new music video DIG which featured didgeridoo player Jungle Love and improvisation by myself and my long-time collaborator Blake Nellis.

I am currently three weeks into choreographing and teaching at Hamline University in St. Paul. love, Obviously is a new work for the Dance Ensemble junior/senior members. We’ve spent the first three weeks listening to sappy love songs and engaging in conversations about how we read love in our popular, modern, socio-cultural reality. To continue we’ll work with a pedagogy I’ve developed for engaging in ensemble improvisation.

I also have to honor of beginning a new work to be set on Alternative Motion Projecta Twin Cities based modern dance company. This work, i dare you to touch my dangerous skin, will premiere in the Spring of 2015 at the Lab Theater.

Creating participation through observation is the motto for MPLS Createsan organization that works to expose unique and under-the-radar local artists and their work. They recently did a feature article on my work and journey from paralysis to improvisation.

The Walker Art Center is anticipating Steve Paxton’s upcoming visit and to ready our pallets for his current work and legacy. I wrote an brief article about contact improvisation, it’s life in the Twin Cities and the nature of improvisation. The full piece is on Walker Art Center’s Green Room blog and save the date for Paxton’s upcoming performances where you can join me as I host the SpeakEasy post show discussion.

Fall Performances:

Wednesday November 26th – I will perform a solo movement study in ‘smart dancing’, at 9×22 Dance Lab at the Bryant Lake Bowl.

Saturday November 29th – Blake Nellis and I will perform our work Terpsichore Told Us To: 23 gestures, 11 poses, 2 solos and 1 duet in the Walker Art Center Choreographer’s Evening curated by Kenna Cottman.

Thank you all for your continuous support in the many areas of my life and practice. I hope to see you soon.

in love & belonging,

taja

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