The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


WHAT: SCDT’s visiting Artist Series Presents Taja Will’s BRUJA // FUGITIVE MAJESTY

WHEN: Friday Oct 27, 8:00pm

WHERE: STUDIO4, 25 Main Street, 4th floor, Northampton MA


RESERVATIONS: or 413 570 4491

THE SCHOOL FOR CONTEMPORARY DANCE AND THOUGHT (SCDT) proudly presents BRUJA// FUGITIVE MAGESTY with Minneapolis based- Taja Will. Will, named “One to watch, one to embrace” in Metro Magazine, shares a magical solo about the preservation of identity.

Bruja // Fugitive Majesty is an evening length solo woven from Will’s personal mythology as a queer, transracial adoptee. Bruja, meaning Witch in Spanish explores the archetypal characters of the Queen, Warrior, Lover and Healer. Will has come to know herself as a cultural fugitive, taking on personality as it fits; shape-shifting as way to escape displacement; this is the preservation of identity. BRUJA is supported by the Jerome Foundation and Foundation for Contemporary Arts and premiered in San Francisco at the Joe Goode Annex.

Taja Will is a queer, Latina artist based in Minneapolis Minnesota. Her body of work includes multi-dimensional contemporary performance and holistic therapy. Will’s aesthetic is one of spontaneity, bold choice making, sonic and kinetic partnership and the ability to move in relationship to risk and intimacy. Will’s work has been presented throughout the Twin Cities and across the United States. Will has been named ‘One to watch, one to embrace’ as the Keeper Award recipient in 2010 from Metro Magazine, she received a 2011 Sage Award nomination, named a highlight of the 2014 dance season by the Star Tribune for her role in Off Leash Area’s Maggie’s Brain and was recently a featured artist in Lavender Magazine’s ‘Choreographers that Move Us’.

The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (SCDT) is comprised of independent and internationally experienced performance artists/movement practitioners who are also innovative teachers. SCDT showcases contemporary movement training and performance practices that embrace multiplicity, arouse curiosity, and emphasize personal choice. Central to the school’s mission is an abiding respect for the tradition and history of re invention and a directive to continue challenging established ideals. SCDT is affiliated with the Northampton Community Arts Trust and is working to maintain the space at 25 Main in Northampton as a vibrant community arts space for the greater pioneer valley.

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