Tahni Holt is a choreographer, teacher, curator and organizer based in Portland, OR. who has been creating performances for the past 18 years. She is deeply invested in the ecology of her field.
Her 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 the performers, her on-going somatic practice and any other thing that she obsesses about to create work.
She is fascinated with how an audience sees to what a performer does and is always trying to keep the complexity of this relationship. Is it possible to create a performance that insists on being experienced through multiple and conflicting lenses at once?
In regards to her choreography her work has been presented throughout the United States, at On The Boards (Seattle), Fusebox Festival (Austin), The Lucky Penny (Atlanta), and PICA’s TBA Festival (Portland) to name a few. In 2010 Holt was curated into the PORTLAND 2010 Biennial and is an Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship awardee (2007). She has had the pleasure of being an artist-in-residence most recently at Caldera, as well as Anchorage, Boise, Atlanta, Walla Walla, Austria, France, Greece and, in 2013, Romania, with Bucharest choreographer Madalina Dan, funded through the Suitcase Fund of New York Live Arts. She is honored to be a 2014-2015 NDP Touring Award recipient for Duet Love, which toured to Velocity Dance (Seattle), Pica’s TBA Festival and DiverseWorks(Houston).
This past year Holt received the Barney Award from White Bird Dance. The award commissions her latest work, Sensation/Disorientation, to premier in the winter of 2017.
As a performer she has worked with Deborah Hay’s solo commissioning project and danced for Miguel Gutierrez’s performance of Freedom of Information.
Along with dance making she is Artistic Director of FLOCK, a center for experimental dance in Portland, OR. to learn more please go to: www.flockpdx.squarespace.com
Impersonal (artist cv)
Duet Love / April – Atlanta Duet Love / Diverse Works / Houston
Duet Love / September -Velocity Dance Center / Seattle Duet Love / September -TBA PICA / Portland
In-Site / August – Seattle
Sensation Emotion / with Madalina Dan / Zona D / Bucharest, Romania
SUN$HINE / BodyVox Dance Center / Portland
Artist Talk / Portland Art Museum
SUN$HINE / Northwest New Works Festival / Seattle + Movement Research at Judson / NYC
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
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
Transformers by Eszter Salamon / ImPulstanz / Vienna, Austria
.EVENT.SPACE / Ace Hotel event space / Portland
The Gravediggers with Elizabeth Ward / Pa-f / St. Erme, France.
Freedom of Information by Miguel Guitierrez / PWNW / Portland
Information Studio / PSU Residency / Portland
Endless Ocean with Andrew Kudless / Fusebox Festival / Austin
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
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
Island Desk solo / Ving Theater / Bellingham + Drop Collective / Boise
Island Desk Duet / Crow Bar / Seattle
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
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)
Artistne(s)t Residency in Romania for US choreographers (Bucharest)
National Dance Project Touring Award: Duet Love
Individual Project Grant (RACC): SUN$HINE
The Drachma Project Residency (Athens, Greece)
Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grant
University of Alaska Residency (Anchorage)
Balance Dance Residency (Boise)
Choreographer’s Venture / Impulstanz (Vienna, Austria)
Individual Project Grant (RACC): CULTURE MACHINE
Dance Truck Residency (Atlanta)
P-af Residency (St. Erme, France)
Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grant
Individual Project Grant (RACC):.Event.Space.
Portland State University Residency / OAC percent for Art Program
SOWA Residency (Portland)
Critics Table Award for performance of Room (Austin)
Oregon Individual Artist Fellowship
Individual Project Grant (RACC): Endless Ocean
Individual Project Grant (RACC): Passing out Heart Game
Caldera Art Residency (Sisters, OR.)
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.
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
BFA from Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY / 1998