Solos

  • Jesus the Bread Babe

    Jesus the Bread Babe. Grove House, Oxford. June 2009.
    Presented at Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens wedding, and produced by Luke Dixon and the International Workshop Festival.
    Conceived and performed a sky burial with a life size bread body as a ritual for guests at The Blue Wedding of Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens and The Sky, Oxford June 2009. … Read the rest

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  • Hermits

    Hermits is a gentle relentless pervasive action research into the role, relevance and meaning of the non commercial artist in contemporary culture.
    “Our complex relations with solitude can  inspire a great love of humanity and a careful evaluation of the necessity of human relationship and the necessity of aloneness.”
    “Hermits have always done a lot of thinking on behalf of cultures and communities” (Wills).… Read the rest

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  • Transpiring (e)scape coats

    Transpiring (e)scape coats. P.A.R.T.S. and Brussels 2000 Building, Brussels. 2000.
    Created while in P.A.R.T.S. program.
    Thanks to Zoe Shevlin, Jo Wills, and the unnamed male performer on video.
    Dramaturgy Jan Ritsema, Alan Di Franco.
    July 2000, P.A.R.T.S, Brussels
    August 2000, Brussels 2000 Building, Brussels
    A forty minute solo created after six months at P.A.R.T.S in Brussels.… Read the rest

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  • Landings (agreeing a song lines)

    Landings (agreeing a song lines).
    Brussels, US and UK. 2000 – 2002.
    Commissioned for Dance Live Festival (Bristol).
    “Landings (agreeing a song lines)” 2002 is the third and final part of the performance trilogy of traveling solos made between Brussels, the US and the UK (2000 to 2002).… Read the rest

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  • Lament

    Lament. New York and San Francisco. 2011 – 2013.
    Performed at The International Home Theater Festival (NY), AUNTS (NY), Dance Mission (SF) ‘Goodbye 848’ (SF), PPP Dance (SF) and at KUNSTOFF arts (SF), THIS IS WHAT I WANT 2013, 2014 (SF), CounterPULSE (SF).… Read the rest

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  • Interdomestic Themis

    Interdomestic Themis. San Francisco. 2000 – 2002.
    Presented as part of San Francisco Women on the Way festival.
    This piece was the second in a trilogy of traveling solos made between Brussels, the US and the UK concerned with mental, metaphorical states of traveling (leaving, being there, coming home) and being culturally “other” (2000 – 2002).… Read the rest

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  • excuse me while i kiss the sky

    excuse me while i kiss the sky.
    Blue Wedding to the Sky in Oxford. June 2009.
    Projected onto a dome ceiling. Produced by Luke Dixon and the International Workshop Festival.
    For Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens.… Read the rest

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  • Chorus

    Chorus. Nadine Theatre, Brussels, Bristol Dance Centre, Bristol, and Counter-Measure (Florence Arts Trust), London. 2002-2004.
    Created through residency in Nadine Theatre, Belgium.
    35 minute solo by Tessa Wills (creation, sound and performance) created in residency at Nadine Theatre, Brussels.
    A solo about fixed ideas and multiple voices.… Read the rest

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  • Bluebeards Castle

    Bluebeards Castle. Piprimosca, Reus, Spain and at The Red Poppy Art House, San Francisco. 2008 and 2009.
    Funded by the British Council. Produced by Growingnowhere and Pimprimosca.
    Thanks to Emily Souter Johnson.
    This is a story of Bluebeard rewritten based on Angela Carters “The Bloody Chamber” after Bartok/Balazs opera.… Read the rest

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  • Bird and Person Dyning

    Bird and Person Dyning.
    Dance Mission, San Francisco. January 2011.
    Part of the second annual “TOO MUCH! a queer performance marathon,” presented by Zero Performance and THEOFFCENTER.
    20 minute solo which sits in the dynamic intersection between liminoid otherworldliness and a maniacally charged present. … Read the rest

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  • Glistening Bridge Over Jarring Context

    Glistening Bridge Over Jarring Context. Youth Centre 44, Kuopio, Finland. September 2006.
    Commissioned by Anti Art festival and Streetsoul.
    Video installation and performance.
    Projection of the film of walls and windows, dances and music of a youth centre in East London installed inside a youth centre in East Finland.… 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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