Studio Kin’s photo of 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 performed with Adele Myers and Dancers in NYC and New England, and in her own choreography, presented in NYC, Connecticut, Florida, and England. Her current research involves investigating the intimacy of audience/performer gaze and the power dynamics of objects and people in space. When teaching and making, Tara seeks to nurture confidence in order to allow for vulnerability, honesty, and humanness in movement allowing for problem-solving and artistic choice.

Christopher Duggan’s photo of Adele Myers and Dancers “The Dancing Room”

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

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.

James Lastowski’s photo of 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.

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.

Ja’Maya Perkins in Paul Duda’s photo of my “The Dream Project” at ECA.