Since 1987, through the generosity of Sage and John Cowles, University of Minnesota Dance has annually hosted dance professionals of international renown in residencies ranging from one to two weeks. The guests teach, choreograph new dance work, rehearse repertory, and lecture in the department and the Twin Cities community at large.
Taja Will (they/them) is a non-binary, chronically ill, queer, Latinx (Chilean) adoptee. Their approach integrates improvisation, somatic modalities, text, and vocals in contemporary performance. Taja initiates solo projects and teaching ventures and is a recent recipient of the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship, in the dance field, awarded in 2021. Their work has been presented throughout the Twin Cities and across the United States. Including local performances at the Walker Art Center Choreographer’s Evening, the Red Eye Theater’s New Works 4 Weeks, the Radical Recess series, Right Here Showcase, and the Candy Box Dance Festival.