• flickr/follow

    flickr/follow. Meridian Gallery, San Francisco. May 2010.
    Commissioned by Meridian Gallery.
    Dedicated to Stanley Wills.
    Performers: Christie Welter, Hanna Satterlee, Leah Rybolt. Sound by Tessa Wills incorporating music by Wayne Eagle.
    Audience stand in circle around video installation of birds flocking projected onto earth.… Read the rest

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  • Candombe:Habibi

    Candombe:Habibi. Middlesex University, London. February 2008.
    Commissioned by The Place and Streetsoul.
    A 40 minute piece with 40 dancers/drummers using Candombe drumming as inspiration to explore patchwork identities from dual nationalities, and what its like navigating through multiple cultural reference points in post colonial UK.… Read the rest

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  • CHARGE (This is What [YOU] Want)

    CHARGE. (Previously titled This is What [YOU] Want.) Culture for Sex and Culture, San Francisco. June 2012.
    Part of THIS IS WHAT I WANT Festival.
    Directed by TT Baum. Performers: Liam ‘Captain’ Snowden, Elizabeth McSurdy, Annie Danger, Cayenne, Ian Waisler, Sadie Lune, Minax, Kirk Reed, Dr Epiphany PhD., Syd Blaekovitch, Pele, Philip Huang, Madam Rebecca, Siouxie Q, Michael Grohall, Jed Burnham, Rachael Dichter, Neon Weiss, Vienna, Fenix Walker, and Coco Ryan Toland.… Read the rest

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  • The Rite of Spring

    The Rite of Spring. Spain and San Francisco. 2010 – 2013.
    Presented with Nowhere, Growingnowhere, Billion Rising and Dance Anywhere.
    Piprimosca, Spain 2010
    Los Monegros, Spain 2010
    1 Billion Rising, San Francisco 2013
    Precita Park, San Francisco 2013 (for the 100 year anniversary of the pieces premier)
    Developed with Emily Souter Johnson, Elizabeth Cooper, Larry Arrington, Honey McMoney, and Lauren Crow.… Read the rest

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  • Reception

    Reception. CounterPULSE, San Francisco. August 2011.
    Created with support from artist in residence program at The Garage and Million Fishes art collective.
    Danced by
    Harold Burns
    Honey McMoney
    Macklin Kowal
    Zack Bernstein
    This is a piece on four men about puncture.… Read the rest

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  • Handle with Care

    Handle with Care. Rubber Band Dance Theatre, Edinburgh. August 1999.
    Artistic Director/Coordinator. Two pieces presented as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
    Led a company of 14 graduate and undergraduate dancers and musicians to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe of performing arts to perform a program of my work.… Read the rest

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  • mine/scratch/mine

    mine/scratch/mine. East London and Karelia in Outokumpu College, Finland. 2008 – 2010.
    Funded by Streetsoul, the British Council and the Raby Trust.
    “Shall I tell you the secret? And if I do, will you get me out of this Bird Suit?” – Margaret Atwood, Siren Song.… Read the rest

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Tessa Wills is a live artist

and choreographer with a background in music. She is from England, trained in central Europe and now lives in San Francisco. Her work elevates flaws and wounds as portals, ways of staging humanity, and often integrates eroticism to charge the pieces, which happen primarily on stage and video. Aside from the relentless pull of desire, her current practice is inspired by Hermits and professional mourning.

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