Canceled: USC Roski Talks: taisha paggett

*Please note: this event has been canceled*

taisha paggett, Dance Artist, Assistant Professor, UC Riverside

Lecture:Finding an end to this dance: scores at the edge of the body and knowing

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Free and open to all
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Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)
3001 S Flower Street at 30th
Los Angeles 90007

taisha paggett is a Southern California-based dance artist whose individual and collaborative works for the stage, gallery and public space take up questions of the body, agency, and the phenomenology of race.

paggett’s work seeks to de-center and reframe certain western choreographic conventions and the ways in which bodies and spaces become normalized in both dance practices and the actions of daily life, by colliding them with socio-political metaphor and meaning.

More specifically, paggett's work interrogates fixed notions and representations of Black and queer bodies through the construction of idiosyncratic structures and scores in which those subjects also become agents, including her recent large-scale collaborative project, School for the Movement of the Technicolor People.

Additional collaborative projects include On Movement, thought and politics, which paggett has maintained with Ashley Hunt since 2009, woods and studio with Marbles Jumbo Radio and the dance company project, WXPT. paggett's work has been presented at Danspace (New York), Defibrillator (Chicago), Commonwealth & Council (Los Angeles), LACE (Los Angeles), the Whitney Museum (NYC), the Doris McCarthy Gallery (Toronto), The Studio Museum in Harlem, and Diverseworks (Houston), amongst other sites. Project support has come through the generosity of programs including Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME), University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA), the Headlands, National Performance Network (NPN), Clockshop, and the Multi-Arts Production Fund (MAP) in conjunction with LACE, amongst others.

As a dancer, paggett has recently worked with Every House Has a Door and Meg Wolfe and in previous years has done extensive dance work for David Rousseve/REALITY, Victoria Marks, and Kelly Nipper, amongst others. paggett teaches in the dance department at UC Riverside, holds an MFA from UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures/Dance program, and was a co-instigator of the LA-based dance journal project and discursive platform, itch.