Lauren Tietz is a dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, licensed biodynamic craniosacral therapist and somatic movement educator. She has been making, performing and teaching dance in various settings from Marfa and Big Bend Texas, the forests of Santa Fe, abandoned rural buildings by the Mexican border to ancient caves in Cappadoccia Turkey.
Lauren has worked collaboratively with artists across mediums, directed projects, and danced in the works of other artists since 2000. Some of these works include: Wicked Cricket (Directed by Caroline Sutton Clark) ; The North Project (The Blue Theater); Arrangement for Manyes and Julius (IMP for Fusebox Festival); Experiments in A Creek bed (Fusebox Festival); Improvisational Movement Project (Clear Spring, Blue Theater); The Meeting Point (The Blanton Museum, directed by Julie Nathanielsz), Mammal (at TDIF with Brandon Gonzalez); works by Heloise Gold, Elaine Dove, Chris Cogburn and Juan Garcia, Ellen Bartel, Together Alone (with Alicia Grayson and Travis Weller), Polyvagal (with Brandon Gonzalez and Nicole Bindler), and many more.
Intrigued with the experience of small, daily encounters and the cumulative impressions they make on humans, she is curious about touch and perception and the magic of collaboration. Influenced by the phenomena of the senses, reflexes and myriad survival methods humans employ in response to danger, safety, pleasure, and poetics she sees the body as personal and cultural archive.
Lauren completed her MFA in New Media (dance and film) at Transart Institute in 2011. Since 2009 she has been exploring dance and movement through the lens of the camera. Her films have been screened at: On The Wall: Berlin Dance on Film Series (2010 – AdamJump and Velocity is a Vector Quantity), The Not Festival NY (2011 Sink Float Swallow Spit) and The 5th International Video Art Festival Camaguey Cuba (2013 Sink Float Swallow Spit), Big Medium Gallery Austin (Daven Dowse & Daven Dowse Part I) 2015 & 2016, Austin Community College Film Screening 2016 (Sink Float Swallow Spit), Experimental Response Cinema Local Filmmakers Showcase Austin 2017 (Daven Dowse Part I) and the Texas Dance Festival Film Screening 2018 (Daven Dowse Part I).
Lauren’s experience teaching extends from Austin dance studios to UT Austin, Texas State University, Austin Community College, Texas Dance Improvisational Festival, to independent workshops in Austin and abroad. Influence in these workshops spans a range of techniques: Authentic Movement; Contact Improvisation; Butoh; Martial Arts; Land-based improvisational composition and research, and are all rooted in the sense of support that arises from seen and unseen forces. Lauren has facilitated land-based research workshops in various settings (Shape Shifting in Cappadocia Turkey and New Mexico). Currently she teaches ongoing classes in authentic movement and somatic movement inquiry in Austin and seasonal retreats/workshops outside of the city.
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