Summer News 2014

Hello all,

I’m excited to share news of my healing practice, activism and artistic projects with you. I have many announcements I’ll dive right in.

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Oh Christ/SABOTAGE at the Minnesota Fringe Festival
an evening of contemporary dance by
Elizabeth June Bergman (Omaha)
Analia Alegre-Femenias with Kate Vigmostad (Iowa City)
and Taja Will (Minneapolis)

Fri, Aug 1 – 8:30 pm
Sat, Aug 2 – 8:30 pm
Tue, Aug 5 – 10:00 pm
Thu, Aug 7 – 5:30 pm
Sat, Aug 9 – 4:00 pm

U of M Rarig Center Xperimental 330 21st Ave. S, Lower Level
$12 tickets, $4 for Fringe button. Festival packages available.
www.fringefestival.org
for tickets and more information about this festival.

My Only Option was SABOTAGE
is a work-in-progress. It begins with the apple of knowledge, a more-than-mammal : less-than-human response to survival of the fittest, confused with constructions of patriotic allegiance and throughout demonstrations of questionable trust and competition. The question being, am I stronger alone? Or are we stronger together?

This work features an all women ensemble of dancers including local powerhouses Kari Mosel, Heather Klopchin and newer faces Kathleen Pender and Emily Ban dancing alongside Will herself. Tyler Nelson, wordsmith and musician, punctuates the work with his live performance, creating a soundscape that also includes music from International musicians Fernando Orteo and Hope Medford.

SKIN

 

This month it was an honor to be interviewed by Kevin Haebeom Vollmers the front man of Land of Gazillion Adoptees and Gazillion Voices.

‘For the Gazillion Voices inaugural issue, we featured a cover image of adoptees ripping tape off their mouths. The image symbolically announced to the world that the time is now for adoptees and their friends and allies to talk about their thoughts, perspectives, and expertise on their own terms. It is fitting then that, with this 12th issue of Gazillion Voices, we are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the magazine by featuring a number of adoptees shedding their clothes and/or revealing powerful narratives—pushing to the forefront an important yet often unexamined question: Do adoptees feel comfortable in their skin?

The answers to the question, as you will see in the following images captured by Denis Jeong and the texts that accompany them, are layered, nuanced, at times heartbreaking, and hopeful. And what makes the images that much more compelling is that one does not have to be an adoptee to “get them.” The images will certainly resonate with members of the immigrant, LGBTQ, and POC communities, and we hope that individuals from these said communities and the broad adoptee community will consider the shared commonalities as a point of reference to begin complex conversations that have ramifications far beyond their own lives.’ – KHV

I invite you to listen to the podcast here.

I also explored the concept of skin in my recent performance at Noche Hispana Diez and poetically scored my reflections in my blog post Piel Peligroso.


Healing & Education


This month I am offering workshops at the Avanti Center for Girls, a homeless shelter for teenage women. Next month I will be doing similar work at Breaking Free, a refuge for women from domestic and sexual abuse. These are two organization that I was introduced to through Face Forward, a non-profit organization of artist working with intentions for social justice.

In addition to group facilitation I am still offering private one-on-one sessions from the comfort of my home office. My services include somatic bodywork, energy medicine, guided meditation and experiential anatomy and yoga tutorials. As always I invite you to visit my website for more information.


Upcoming Events


Partnering & Contact Improvisation
at The Movement Lab
5155 Bloomington Ave

Thursday July 31st, 7-9pm

$12 pre-register $15 drop in
to pre-register email tajawill@gmail.com

space is limited please pre-register!

This workshop will focus on creating safe support structures for partnering and then take those skills into the world of
improvisation. The focus for this months class will be on prompting disorientation. We will find new ways into and out of touch and contact we’ll use our creative desires in collaboration with a partnering structure. Together we’ll examine the weight bearing structures from a somatic approach to create ease and efficiency which can lead to further possibility for the creative impulse to take shape within a dance. This workshop aims to create a bridge between the worlds of choreographed partnering and the magic of contact improvisation.

This is an open level workshop, all are welcome.

(August class will be the week of the 10th)

Guided Meditation & Cello Recording Session:

You are invited to be part of the experience! Cellist Daniel Zamzow and I have been invited by Face Forward to collaborate on recording a live, semi improvisation guided meditation with cello at the Essential Sessions studios Friday August 8th in the evening. The atmosphere will be set for the experience and will include a live painter. Our session will be recorded for audio and documented for video. We would like to invite you to attend, space is limited, please contact me directly for more information.

Stay tuned for more movement workshops, performances and upcoming healing intensives out of the city this fall!

You are vital.

Now you can contribute to upcoming projects as they are ongoing or about to premiere. The follow projects can use your support, they are all in process with some support.

My Only Option was SABOTAGE –
Produced in partnership with the Fringe Festival additional contributions will go to paying the dancers for their time and dedication to the project this summer.

Guided Meditation & Cello Recording –
Produced in partnership with Face Forward and Essential Sessions. Additional funds will go to producing copies for distribution and stipend the artists.

2015 Premiere of the American Composers Forum Commission for Taja Will & Paul Rudoi –
This collaboration is made possible with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and American Composers Forum, along with individual donors. To fully realize our project we still need to generate funds to support the technical elements of the performance including lighting, costume, set design and promotional materials.

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