Race in Contact Improvisation: A Conversation with Taja Will, Richard Kim, Leslie Heydon, and Rebecca Bryant: Instigated and moderated by Hope Mohr Dance for The Bridge Project, Fall 2020
Taja on jamming in homogeneous CI spaces – “What a privilege it must be to feel so much belonging inside of your body that also you can offer it to being touched without any other guidelines, or perhaps any space to say what you need in touch or what you might like, and I think, walking into a jam culture is exactly that.
How intimidating it must be, to think about our [BIPOC] bodies [being] touched, as folks of color and the [historical] trauma of [living in] the United States…it doesn’t make me feel like I can walk into a space where there are people who don’t look like me and [imagine] that I can immediately feel in belonging with them. It doesn’t make me feel like I have the privilege of space and agency.”
“I am interested in indigenous solidarity and decolonizing the hierarchy of relationships with power, privilege, wealth and access. Co-learning, co-teaching, co-living, and so much more are possible in radical ways. Ways which potentially lead to the dismantling of white supremacy, patriarchy, capitalism, the gender binary, and internalized colonialism. I believe radical dream mapping expands what we know to be true, it engages artistic imagination and from there we can, perhaps, emerge a new world.” Sacrosanct is a queer community blog and digital space for queer, trans, and non-binary BIPOC to heal, self define, and self actualize through art and wellness.