Arts Council of Wales | Tanja Råman

Tanja Råman

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Tanja Raman

Tanja Råman, originally from Finland, studied dance at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance from 1997 to 2000 and gained her MSc in Dance Science at Laban in 2003. Tanja completed her PgC Teaching in Higher Education at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC) in 2008.

Tanja has been living in South Wales since 2004 and currently works as a freelance choreographer, dancer and researcher and is a visiting lecturer on the dance degree course at UWIC. As a choreographer, Tanja has developed a distinct movement aesthetic that has lead to her work being shown in established British venues and dance events, including The Royal Opera House, Southbank Centre, The Place Prize 2006 and British Dance Edition 2008 & 2010.

The Project: CHOREO5

Traces: Tanja Råman; Photo: John CollingswoodCHOREO5 is a choreographic research project that is designed to allow Tanja time and space to develop her choreographic skill and knowledge in the context of group choreography, and to gain confidence in creating larger pieces of work. CHOREO5 focuses on exploring the choreographic processes she has developed as a solo artist and applying and developing these processes further in ensemble work.

During CHOREO5 Tanja will also experiment with designing a flexible framework for a choreographic project by applying dance science. The aim of applied dance science in this project is to enhance the dancers’ physical and psychological readiness for the creative research and to heighten their sensitivity for working as an ensemble.

Throughout CHOREO5, she will engage in a variety of activities from meeting established choreographers and observing their rehearsals to studio-based experiments that could include physical, psychological and therapeutic preparatory activities and improvisational tasks. An important part of CHOREO5 is the engagement in an open enquiry into choreography. The project aims to connect the project participants and a wider public for the length of the project through the development of an online choreographic blog. The aim of the open enquiry is to feed back to the research process, to generate discussion and to share the key findings.

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