A Dance Double Bill

June 18 - 21, 2015

DaNCEBUMS and Taja Will

Closing out this year's festival is a dynamic double dance bill featuring the latest creations of DaNCEBUMS and Taja Will.

must be | or what i'm looking for
Originating as a contemplation of a sci-fi future transformed by the discovery of a new sex organ, must be | or what i’m looking for models an alternative to romance as we know it. Duos, trios, solos and mercurial groupings emerge and recede softly into the 

environment. Inspired by imaginary intimacies, DaNCEBUM'S newest work unfolds across a terrain of skin.

My Only Option was SABOTAGE
Part of choreographer Taja Will’s ongoing movement research related to current events, this segment examines the tension between trust and competition and their corollary emotional states. Beginning with a duet about the apple of knowledge, SABOTAGE considers evolutionary ideas about survival of the fittest and constructions of patriotic allegiance, while regarding the question: are we are stronger alone or together?


DaNCEBUMS is Margaret Johnson, Kara Motta, Eben Kowler, Maggie Zepp, and Karen McMenamy, who met as students in the University of Minnesota’s dance department, and have been performing thoughtful and provocative dance work in the Twin Cities for the past two years. Their collaboration is based on mutual love and respect for each other, systems of support, and togetherness. They have presented their work at Public Functionary, Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis Theater Garage, Crowles Center for Dance, The Southern Theater, Kitty Cat Klub, Red Eye Theater, and on live television, broadcast from the Lee & Rose Coliseum.

Taja Will is an artmaker, activist and holistic therapist. Her work aims to create ties between those three pieces of her identity and a rigorous commitment to the agency and spontaneity of improvisation. She recently taught at Hamline University and currently is a guest choreographer with Alternative Motion Project and a recipient of the American Composer’s Forum Live Music for Dance grant. Taja’s previous work at Red Eye includes a 2010 Works-in-Progress (2010) and the Sage Award-nominated Awaken Absurdity in the following year’s Isolated Acts program.

Performers featured in Taja Will's piece:
Kimmie Allen, Emily Ban, Emma Barber, Rush Benson, Alexis Heruth, Kathleen Pender


Taja Will photo credit: Analia Alegre-Femenias

DaNCEBUMS photo credit: Bill Cameron

Support for New Works 4 Weeks is provided by Jerome Foundation; Kaemmer Fund of HRK Foundation, The McKnight Foundation,  and Target, and by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.