Tahni Holt is a choreographer and founder and director of FLOCK Dance Center based in Portland OR, who has been creating performances, programing and teaching for the past nineteen years. Holt is deeply invested in the ecology of her field.

Holt’s creative practice follows her curiosities by asking questions that demand rigorous specificity yet remain open to a terrain of inquiry – inviting rather than prescribing interpretation. She actively uses her intuition, improvisational forms, collaborations with performers and other makers, her ongoing somatic practice, and any other thing that she obsesses about, to create work. Holt is fascinated with how audiences see what performers do onstage, and she is always trying to research the complexity of this relationship. Her work deals with perceptions of both audience and performer—always with the desire to never quite reside in certainty. Much of her work expresses aspects of cultural body, individual body, the projected body, the labored body and who and what is projected on which bodies. Holt ruptures common cultural narratives to confuse these easily digested norms. Holt’s work holds space for complex organizations of meaning making with the desire to confuse.

Holt’s choreography has been presented throughout the United States at venues including On The Boards (Seattle), Fusebox Festival (Austin), and The Lucky Penny (Atlanta), and PICA’s TBA Festival (Portland). Holt is a 2007 Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship recipient, and in 2010 was curated into the PORTLAND 2010 Biennial. She has had the pleasure of being an artist-in-residence in many places around the world. Residencies include work in Anchorage, Boise, Atlanta, Walla Walla, France, and Greece; in 2013 the Suitcase Fund of New York Live Arts supported her residency with Bucharest choreographer Madalina Dan in Romania. Holt is a 2014-2015 NDP Touring Award recipient for Duet Love, which toured to Velocity Dance (Seattle), Pica’s TBA Festival and DiverseWorks (Houston). Last winter, 2017, WhiteBird Dance premiered Holt’s latest work, Sensation/Disorientation. Currently it is headed to Bulgaria through American Dance Abroad (ADA) and One Foundation for Culture and the Arts for their joint endeavor: Spotlight, USA platform in the spring of 2018.

Holt has taught throughout the United States through numerous private institutions as well as guest artist teaching at Lewis and Clark College, Reed College, The University of Oregon and The University of Alaska. Holt is founder and director of Portland’s newest dance center, FLOCK. FLOCK is a dance center for movement exploration, creation and artistic practice, dedicated to Portland’s contemporary and experimental dance artists.

 

Impersonal (artist cv)

PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS

2017   

Sensation/Disorientation / with Luke Wyland / White Bird Dance /Portland

2015

apples & pomegranates/ with Luke Wyland / Art Museum

Duet Love / April – Atlanta Duet Love / Diverse Works / Houston

2014

Duet Love / September -Velocity Dance Center / Seattle Duet Love / September -TBA PICA / Portland

In-Site / August – Seattle

2013

Sensation Emotion / with Madalina Dan / Zona D / Bucharest, Romania

2012

SUN$HINE / BodyVox Dance Center / Portland

Artist Talk / Portland Art Museum

SUN$HINE / Northwest New Works Festival / Seattle + Movement Research at Judson / NYC

2011

Untitled is a choice / Headlands solo 1 festival + the Lucky Penny / Atlanta

SUN$HINE in progress showing / Marylhurst Art Gym / Marylhurst

SUNSHINE art object / Movement Research Festival / New York City

2010

CULTURE MACHINE / Disjecta Arts Center/ Portland

Here Now /open flight space/ Seattle

CULTURE MACHINE (in progress) / PORTLAND2010 Biennial

The Gravediggers with Elizabeth Ward / Dance Truck / Atlanta

2009

Transformers by Eszter Salamon / ImPulstanz / Vienna, Austria

.EVENT.SPACE / Ace Hotel event space / Portland

The Gravediggers with Elizabeth Ward / Pa-f / St. Erme, France.

2008

Freedom of Information by Miguel Guitierrez / PWNW / Portland

Information Studio / PSU Residency / Portland

Endless Ocean with Andrew Kudless / Fusebox Festival / Austin

2007

The Party Project / SOWA Residency / Portland

Endless Ocean with Andrew Kudless / PNCA / Portland

I am a bomb / RAKE Gallery / Portland

The Swallows with Marty Schnapf / Stumptown Café / Portland

Room / Reed College RAW Art Week / Portland + Fusebox Festival / Austin

Passing out Heart Game with Emily Bulfin / RAW Art Week + PDX Film Fest / Portland

25 Dances lecture/ Lewis and Clark College / Portland + Drop Collective / Boise

2006

Room / PICA’s TBA Festival / Portland

The Swells with Marty Schnapf / Reed College RAW Art Week / Portland

Island Desk with Marty Schnapf / On The Boards / Seattle + Disjecta Art Center / Portland

2005

Island Desk solo / Ving Theater / Bellingham + Drop Collective / Boise

Island Desk Duet / Crow Bar / Seattle

2004

Under an Hour with Marty Schnapf / PICA’s TBA Festival / Portland

Under an Hour with Marty Schnapf / On The Board’s NWNW’s + Bumbershoot / Seattle

The Events Preceding with Marty Schnapf / PDX Cont. Gallery /Portland

 

GRANTS, AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES

2014

White Bird Commission-Barney Award: next work

Co-commission by PICA + Velocity Dance Center: Duet Love

Caldera Artist Residency

Individual Project Grant (RACC): Sensation Emotion part 2

Professional Development Grant (RACC)

 

2013

Artistne(s)t Residency in Romania for US choreographers (Bucharest)

National Dance Project Touring Award: Duet Love

2012

Individual Project Grant (RACC): SUN$HINE

2011

The Drachma Project Residency (Athens, Greece)

Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grant

University of Alaska Residency (Anchorage)

Balance Dance Residency (Boise)

2010

Choreographer’s Venture / Impulstanz (Vienna, Austria)

   Individual Project Grant (RACC): CULTURE MACHINE

Dance Truck Residency (Atlanta)

2009

P-af Residency (St. Erme, France)

Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grant

Individual Project Grant (RACC):.Event.Space.

2008

Portland State University Residency / OAC percent for Art Program

2007

SOWA Residency (Portland)

Critics Table Award for performance of Room (Austin)

Oregon Individual Artist Fellowship

   Individual Project Grant (RACC): Endless Ocean

2006

Individual Project Grant (RACC): Passing out Heart Game

   Caldera Art Residency (Sisters, OR.)

2005

Deborah Hay’s Solo Performing Commissioning Project (Inverness, Scotland)

Professional Development grant awarded through worksystems, Inc.

Individual Project Grant (RACC): Island Desk

Space Grant through Conduit’s Charged program.

2004

Dance Lab through NDP and NEFA (Seattle)

Individual Project Grant (RACC): Under an Hour

 

PUBLICATIONS + ORGANIZATIONS

 

FLOCK: FLOCK is a dance center for movement exploration, creation and artistic practice, dedicated to Portland’s contemporary and experimental dance artists. FLOCK re-imagines methods of economic sustainability in the performing arts community. It provides an accessible creative hub where the most urgent contemporary issues take shape in both choreographic works and educational engagements. Tahni Holt is founder and Executive Director. www.flockodx.org

FRONT: FRONT is a-first-ever-of-it’s-kind in Portland newspaper. FRONT relies on the old-school tactics of the newspaper infused with new, current, future energy of dance theory and practices in the field. Tahni Holt is one of four of the founding members. www. frontpaper.tumblr.com

 

EDUCATION

BFA from Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY / 1998