taisha paggett

taisha paggett’s work for the stage, gallery and public space include individual and collaborative investigations into questions of the body, agency, and the phenomenology of race and gender, along with an interest in expanding the languages and frames of contemporary dance. Amongst other institutions, her work has been presented by the Whitney Museum of American Art, Studio Museum in Harlem, Danspace at St Mark’s Church (New York); Defibrillator (Chicago); Commonwealth & Council, Public Fiction, and LACE (Los Angeles); The Off Center (San Francisco); and Basis Voor Actuele Kunst (Utrecht, NL). As a dancer, paggett has worked with artists including David Roussève/Reality, Meg Wolfe, Stanley Love Performance Group, Fiona Dolenga-Marcotty, Vic Marks, Cid Pearlman, Cheng-Chieh Yu, Baker-Tarpaga Projects, Rebecca Alson-Milkman, Kelly Nipper, Ultra-red, and with Ashley Hunt in their ongoing collaboration, “On Movement, Thought and Politics.” In 2005 she co-founded itch, an independently run journal-zine whose content was centered in and generated by the non-commercial dance population of Los Angeles and beyond. A recent recipient of a Headlands artist residency, a UCIRA grant and a MAP Fund grant in partnership with LACE, paggett’s current research brings queer desire, responsibility, and the body as landscape into a constellation with the 20th century Great Migration of Black Americans and our ever-shifting spatial and corporeal topographies.