Community Programs

We want to continue building long-lasting relationships. These are our signature outreach and community-building programs:

 
 
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CAFECITO

An open morning practice for movers, actors, singers, people with bodies. We'll move, write, share stories and have cafecito (Spanish for 'little coffee'). The best way to start the day.

Cafecito schedule:
8-8:45am Yoga (I’ll likely be doing part of the Ashtanga primary series)
8:50am Read for 10 minutes
9-9:15am Continuous Movement based on the teachings of Miguel Gutierrez and is really just moving anyway you like without stopping.
9:15-30 Automatic writing
9:30-45 Hang out, I might even make coffee, cafecito ;-)
9:45am Tara gets to work and everyone has a great day because it started so well!
 
Children welcome! By donation.

 
Photography by: Clancy Dennehy

Photography by: Clancy Dennehy

STARTLE REFLEX

Our free residency program for female-identifying artists, especially those who are caregivers. This residency offers space at Left of Main to explore, create and question with no expectation of a finished product. The space is paid for by TCP and Tara offers mentorship or feedback when requested, and offers to help find suitable mentors or outside-eyes from the “web of matriarchs” in and around our community.

Acceptance into the program is limited and applicants are encouraged to apply throughout the year. You will be notified if your application is successful.

 
LipSync Battle 2018. Photography by Greg Bricknell

LipSync Battle 2018. Photography by Greg Bricknell

 
Photography by: Wendy D. Photography.

Photography by: Wendy D. Photography.

LIPSYNC BATTLE

Our annual fundraiser! Cheer on the best lip sync performance as participants duke it out to be crowned the new Vancouver Arts Lip Sync leader...or prepare a lip sync yourself for a chance to WIN the battle!

No experience necessary. 19+ event.

All proceeds go to Tara Cheyenne Performance. 

 

TALKING & DANCING

A two-day intensive focusing on the ever evolving craft of working with movement, text/voice and the body in dance-theatre. Using experimental voice work, text, narrative and character physicalization, we will explore the possibilities of "talking and dancing". More and more cutting edge choreographers are asking their dancers to use their voices, and actors are being asked to inhabit and use their bodies in transformative ways. The performer must arm herself with the tools to fulfill and enjoy the work being made.

Over these two days we will delve into the nitty gritty of accessing the voice, explore real methods for grounding character/emotion/desire in the body, and let loose our powers to create in the space between theatre and dance. How do voice and movement influence each other? How can we learn to use our voices to serve the choreographic process? And how can the body, movement and gesture inform and create character and story? This intensive is open to dance and theatre professionals, and pre-professionals. Actors as well as dancers are encouraged to participate.