Photo of Tara Burns by Studio Kin’s in Norah Zuniga-Shaw’s “Climate Gathering”

Tara Burns is a performer, maker, and educator currently pursuing an MFA in dance at The Ohio State University. Before beginning this program, she toured nationally with Adele Myers and Dancers while living in NYC and Connecticut. She has presented her choreography in NYC, Connecticut, Florida, and England. Her current research dissects the power structures inherent when intersecting contemporary dance, dance theater, and virtual and augmented realities. Vulnerability, honesty, and humanness are at the heart of her creative process to allow for problem-solving, artistic choice, and collaboration.

Photo of Tara Burns by Christopher Duggan’s in Adele Myers and Dancers’s “The Dancing Room”

My creative interests bridge objects, space, connections, and community.

As a dance maker, I get excited about the aesthetics of objects and how they affect space. Dancers, screens, bags of topsoil, 60-foot strings of elastic, inanimate or animate; I’m interested in shaping the space by moving what’s in it. Textures, depth and the malleability of the objects displace the space and inform each other. When combining a human body and inanimate objects I’m interested in contrast that informs similarities.

Inside this space, I’m interested in improvisational and choreographic algorithms and tasks that allow the performers to make choices and create movement drafts for further sculpting.

Photo of Tara Burns by James Lastowski’s in Kellie Lynch’s “If You Knew You Then” with Elm City Dance Collective

My performance interests lie in the intimacy and humanness of audience/performer gaze and the community created through respecting and witnessing the parallels of each other’s experiences.

Dance is hard. The hardness, the effort, and the drive are physical catalysts for my move-making. Endurance, upside-down, and falling surround my thoughts about athleticism. Sweat. I revel in the expansiveness of core-distal relationships that can affect the stability of the pelvis and then break the tension with gestures and postures.

Photo of Ja’Maya Perkins by Paul Duda in “The Dream Project” by Tara Burns at Educational Center for the Arts.