News from Taja Will
Socially Engaged Artist & Healing Practitioner
I’ve always romanticized the Fall, the colors, the cozy feel, the cycles moving forward. This year it has been a magical one; from teaching at the Luminous Awareness Institute in California, to presenting at the Catalyst Initiative’s Building Resilience Conference in St.Paul, then to the Lion’s Jaw Festival for Dance & Contemporary Performance in Boston. I flew West, came home, flew East, came home again. In some ways they were each a homecoming, the Luminous teachings are the roots of my healing practice under the mentorship of my most influential teachers. I am incredibly grateful to my home community for seeing the value of embodied healing work and it was an honor to present alongside some of the United States’ leaders in Psychology, Psychotherapy and Psychiatry at the Building Resilience Conference. The Boston dance community has been a home away from home for many years and to teach and show work on faculty with many of my past and current mentors was an exciting next step in my artistic career.
With the support of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Next Step Award, I was able to bring my work Gospels of Oblivion to Lion’s Jaw. Including two performers Tim Rehborg and Kathleen Pender, we all fell a little more in love with the Boston dance scene.
This month I came home to immerse in the performance of Skin(s) – a dance created by Rosy Simas which premiered at Intermedia Arts for a sold out run and went on to the Indigenous Choreographer’s Symposium at UC Riverside and will continue to tour into 2017.
Now I’m diving into a deep self study, to create a new work, Bruja, a personal mythology of the displaced Latina soul. I will begin by presenting this work at the Walker Art Center’s annual Choreographer’s Evening curated by Rosy Simas on November 26th, tickets are available now.
This work has been commissioned by the Right Here Showcase and will premiere in Minneapolis the first weekend in May. With the added support of the Jerome Foundation Travel Study Award, I have the honor of being directed by Sara Shelton Mann in California. Sara’s legacy in contemporary dance making made her the ideal choice for a mentor and director of this project and it is such an honor to be creating under her guidance. Bruja will premiere in San Francisco at the Joe Goode Annex on April 22nd, 2017.
I look forward to sharing this work on West Coast and here in Minneapolis and hope to see you in an audience soon.
~in love & belonging,