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Rebecca Alson-Milkman and Taisha Paggett began collaborating shortly after beginning the MFA in Choreography at UCLA in 2003. They have worked on two duets: one by Paggett for Denise Uyehara's Museum of Human Beings, (Highways Performance Space 5/22/04) and Alson-Milkman's Entombed Afterlife (Kinross Performance Space 126 2/24-26/05, Glorya Kaufman Hall 12/1-3/05.) Additionally, Paggett created the dreamer/tenuous, a solo for Alson-Milkman (Highways Performance Space 9/29- 10/1/05), shown in its latest incarnation as we stop dreaming (Glorya Kaufman Hall, 5/11-13/06.) This latest duet, surveil/survey, comes out of Paggett and Alson-Milkman's desire to expand their collaboration further, this time as equal partners in both the creative direction and performance of a piece. They began work on the duet in February of 2007 at a Silo residency from DanceNOW/NYC.
Taisha Paggett holds an MFA in dance and choreography from UCLA's World Arts and Cultures department. Her work is inspired by various discourses on the body as an expressive tool and is interested in bridging the sensibility and discourses of both the visual and performing arts. Her movement background is inspired by a number of influential teachers and choreographers whom she's worked with over the years, as well as studies in yoga and contact improvisation. Before moving to Los Angeles she lived in New York City where she performed with the Stanley Love Performance Group, Fiona Marcotty and Kraig Patterson, and studied dance through Movement Research. Prior to NYC, she attended UC Santa Cruz where she received an undergraduate degree in Art History, studied dance with Connie Kreemer, Sylvia Martins and the late Mel Wong and performed with Moving and Storage Performance Company/Crash, Burn and Die Dance Company. Since living in Los Angeles, Taisha has had the opportunity to work with David Rousseve, Cheng-Chieh Yu, Denise Uyehara, Maria Gillespie, Victoria Marks, Yvonne Rainer and visual artist Kelly Nipper. Taisha has also worked extensively with visual artist Ashley Hunt in collaborative video and installation work including Undeliverable Address: 54 questions that will not be answered by the White House and Engagement and has shown her dance work at Highways, Gallery 2101, Then and Anatomy Riot. Taisha has also done freelance writing for Dance Magazine and is the co-editor of the L.A. dance journal, ITCH.