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

Tara Lee Burns is a dancer, performer, choreographer, digital maker, interdisciplinary artist, and educator currently pursuing an MFA in dance at The Ohio State University. She toured nationally with Adele Myers and Dancers for over 10 years while living in NYC and Connecticut and has presented her own work in NYC, Connecticut, Florida, and England. She has worked with Alexandra Beller, Kelly Drummond Cawthon, Marjani Forté, Andrea Hanggi, Béatrice Kombe, Kellie Lynch, Mai-Thu Perret, Norah Zuniga-Shaw, Kathinka Walter, Robert Wechsler, Frieder Weiss and others. She received an MA in Digital performance from The University of Hull in the UK and a BFA in Dance from The University of Florida. Vulnerability, honesty, and humanness are at the heart of her co-creative process allowing for problem-solving and artistic choice. Her current research investigates the intersection of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies with contemporary dance to create a mixed space of digital and analog performativity and embodiment and answer the question, Can VR and AR technologies be successfully used beyond the single user experience in a performative environment?

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.