taisha paggett is the 2018 School for the Contemporary Arts' Audain Visual Artist in Residence, which is co-presented by SFU Galleries.
paggett is a Los Angeles based dance artist who cultivates independent and collaborative performance works for the stage, gallery and outdoors. Her research and pedagogical engagement focuses on the relationship between geography and being, in order to navigate 21st-century Black American life.
paggett will be offering a free, accessible series of workshops through September and October 2018. Workshops will include movement, sound and outdoor activity, and are open to students and non-students working in any discipline. No previous dance experience is necessary. Registration is required. The workshop’s title “the meadow” references a phenomenological and speculative geography in which the space between and overlapping the out-of-doors, the dance studio, the green room, the white cube gallery, and the theatre can be explored as a site of support and respite, reclamation and survival, especially for Black people, queers of colour and allies. Participants will explore exercises and methodologies including breath scores, recorded breath and amplification, floor and gravitational choreography, writing, and ritual action with earth and soil.
The research that emerges through these workshops will contribute to paggett’s exhibition i believe in echoes, in collaboration with artist Kim Zumpfe, at the Audain Gallery from October 11 to December 8, 2018.
paggett’s work has been presented at LACE, Los Angeles; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Doris McCarthy Gallery, Toronto; and The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. She is faculty in University of California Riverside’s Department of Dance, and artistic director of WXPT dance company and the School for the Movement of the Technicolor People.
Her residency and exhibition are supported by Western Front and UBC Okanagan’s Department of Creative Studies 2018 Summer Indigenous Art Intensive.
workshop: “the meadow” research studio
Talk: taisha paggett (SCA Visual Art Talks)
THU, SEP 20 | 1 – 2PM
611 Alexander St. Studios, Vancouver
Talk: taisha paggett (SCA Dance & Theatre)
FRI, SEP 21 | 12:30 – 2PM
Room 4525, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts149 West Hastings St., Vancouver
Exhibition: i believe in echoes
In collaboration with artist Kim Zumpfe
OCT 11 – DEC 8, 2018
Audain Gallery, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings St., VancouverTue, Wed, Sat, 12 – 5PM & Thu, Fri, 12 – 8PM
Opening Reception & Performance
WED, OCT 10 | 7 – 9PM
Talk: taisha paggett and Aisha Sasha John in conversation
Friday, October 12, 7PM
Installation: taisha paggett. i believe in echoes (in collaboration with Kim Zumpfe). Installation view, Audain Gallery, 2018.
Performance: taisha paggett. i believe in echoes. Performance documentation, Audain Gallery, October 10, 2018.
Photos: Blaine Campbell.