embodiment

Honored to be a recipient of NCCAkron’s “Dancing Labs” Virtual Residency

I am humbled to have received a residency with the National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron, S3 Technologies (Akron, OH), and Kinetech Arts (San Francisco, CA)!!! What a beautiful group of humans to be virtually in contact with! This residency is a collaborative experiment through a virtual…

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Theater as Laboratory & Oskar Schlemmer

In a workshop called Theater as Laboratory: Experimentation with Non-Human Partners in Expanding Dramaturgies with Rebecca Rouse & Ashley Ferro-Murray, the other participants and myself were tasked with creating something in response to their research surrounding the Oskar Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballet and the ideas of technology as extensions of the body. This…

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Neon Alchemy

What is collaboration? The term is usually used when something or someone is needed by another and then they are asked to collaborate on a project that isn’t their project. Whether a dancer in someone else’s choreography, a creator of projections for a director’s vision, or even the motion capture…

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Super Human Trailer 1

For the past three months, these beautiful dancer/actors and I have been working on building material around the ideas of “Super Human.” It didn’t take us long to identify the key element…humanity. “What is a super power?” and “Who is super human?” were our jumping off points to access and…

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Hayes Graduate Research Forum Award Winner

I am honored to have recieved 3rd place in the Hayes Graduate Research Forum for my presentation “Where are the edges of your flesh and who determines them? Prosthetic, Immersive, and Embodied Performance” which outlined my MFA Thesis research to be seen in my online installation at the Urban Arts…

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Open April 5 – May 5, 2021 – Virtual Website Installation @ Urban Arts Space’s Hybrid Arts Lab

Tara Lee Burns’ MFA Thesis in Dance, “ITERATION X” is a series of four works that not only identify as documentation, archive, and performance, but are interchangeable artworks of alternative and simultaneous realities as resistance and hope. The four works bridge aesthetics ranging from the bright colors of the VR…

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“Iteration X: a canvasUnbound” Prototype

Goals*To have panels that disappear when triggered*To have that reveal an underlying theme/movie*To use the Oculus Quest as the reveal movie Challenges*Everything worked in my office and then when changing to the basement I had to add a few more features in order for it to work. I think the…

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Iteration X: Extending the Body

This is the first cycle of my MFA Thesis. I envision my thesis as a three part process (or more). This first component was part of an evening walk around the OSU Arboretum with my MFA 2021 Cohort. To see an idea of the full event around the lake and…

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Stay with the Questions

Whether getting lost in time and space as I carve thick paint across a black void, loosing myself in an improvisation only to find I have created a Jackson Pollack, or watching my daughters navigate a virtual landscape with excitement, yelling, “Go toward the pink puffy stuff!” I’m continually amazed…

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Tilt World: Deep in the Mirror

Concept: To investigate the  visual and physical effects of using the “mirror” setting in Tilt Brush. Methodology:I investigated standing with my body on the intersection of the mirror. As I moved my right arm with the paint controller and did the same thing with my other hand, it appears that…

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