Rachel Thorne Germond is a performer, dancer, teacher, choreographer, and visual artist and has been creating dance/performance work since the late 1980’s. Based in New York City from 1986-1998, she presented her choreography at notable venues such as St. Mark’s Church Danspace, Dixon Place, and The Joyce Soho, amongst others. In 2000 she achieved an M.F.A. in Choreography from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and afterwards founded her Chicago-based company, RTG Dance. From 2010-2014 she taught in Southeastern Virginia at Old Dominion University and Christopher Newport University and was part of a multidisciplinary performance troupe, ArtPile. Since returning to New York in 2014, she has performed with Alice Klugherz and Karen Bernard, and continues to create and present multidisciplinary performances that incorporate visual art, dance, video, and photography via Rachel Thorne Germond Performance Collage.
Tasha Taylor (performer) has performed extensively with many choreographers including Pat Cremins, Steve Gross, Dean Moss, Lynn Shapiro, Matthew Brookoff, and RoseAnne Spradlin. She received a “Bessie” Award for her performance in Spradlin’s Underworld. Tasha is excited to return to dance with Rachel and RTGPC . A Feldenkrais® practitioner since 2006, Tasha teaches classes at Movement Research and maintains a practice on the Upper West Side focusing on performing artists interested in improving their self-use. Tasha delights in improvisation and poetry and is curious about the relationship between movement, feeling and learning.
Enigma of an Afternoon
Enigma of an Afternoon is a visual and movement installation—with no intended beginning, middle, or end— that addresses various physical and psychic states that have emerged and escalated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rachel Thorne Germond and Tasha Taylor perform a sort of metaphysical dreamscape, inspired by a trip to the beach on a cold March afternoon in 2021. Created as we are coming tentatively out of a year of isolation, the artists ask: How has the world changed? How have we changed? They try to comprehend a new reality and explore how they can move within it.
Thank you thank you and thank you to everyone who made this residency (Black Artist Space to Create) possible. These past two weeks have been a blessing! Not only have I been able to deepen my own personal/artistic practices, I was given the space to connect with people that I love! I was given space to reflect on love, and to prepare for what this next year (2021) will bring! Shout out to New Dance Alliance, Modern Accord Depot and Angie Pittman for the time, the space, and opportunity! I am forever grateful! It felt like a good meal, with dessert!
– Johnnie Cruise Mercer
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