More: THEOFFCENTER Blog Salon 1

More: THEOFFCENTER Blog Salon 1

I come from a white highbrow contemporary dance background. I came to that through music, which I was taught in a Japanese style from a really young age, through English Ballet, and Western classical music to British contemporary dance, and eventually British live art. From there, I went and trained at PARTS in Brussels for a short term bridging project for professionals, and then bandied around on workshops and in companies in the central European scene of the late 90s, till about 2004. Then I returned to the UK and founded a non profit community dance project called Streetsoul (www.streetsoul.org). Its an urban dance project for young women and girls. I led it for five years, before coming to San Francisco.

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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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