Mariana Taragano
  • New York, NY
  • United States
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I am a freelance movement artist, choreographer and theater movement director. I also teach movement for actors and dance. My main interests include movement as a form of story-telling and inter-disciplinary collaborations.

I was first trained as a contemporary dancer in Israel, where I also worked as a dancer and dance teacher, before relocating to London in 2009. In London I worked as a dancer and a physical performer with choreographers including; Ana Marambio, Amy Finch, Elena Bajo and Shimon Mansura. Some venues I performer in in the UK include; Twickenham Stadium, The Robin Howard Dance Theatre (The Place), Rich Mix, The David Roberts Arts Foundation, The Courtyard Theatre and the Warren Theatre as well as various venues in Israel.

In 2012 I started creating my own work and in 2014 I completed a MA in Movement Studies: Teaching and Directing at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (with distinction).

Creation of Movement work include founding London-based physical theater group Taragano Theatre in 2012, for which I choreographed and directed the full length piece Chrysalis as well as conducted various research projects.

In addition I choreographed for rock opera Trip (showing in theatres across Israel since 2015) and movement advised and directed Hanoch Levin's Krum and Shulamit Lapid's His Life's Work, both directed by Ofra Weingreten at the Tzavta theatre (Tel-Aviv, Israel).

I choreographed for a Veni Vidi Vixi concert at the Besanconce Theatre (Besancone, France), assisted movement coach Helen Heaslip in Catherine Alexander's and Jemima James Festen (London, UK), choreographed video clips and was team coach and choreographer of 2008 Israeli prime league basketball team Ironi Start Kyriat Ata pompon squad. I also choreographed various private events and ceremonies.
Teaching experience includes teaching contemporary dance, jazz and improvisation classes in various dance schools in Israel since 2003, as well as teaching movement for acting and theatre in various higher education establishments including Drama Centre at the Saint Martins University of Arts in London. Most recently I led the Dance Program at the Ort Kyriat Bialik High School as well as taught in it. I left this position at the end of 2016 to relocate to New York.
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Please Consider Your Audience: An Opinion Essay by Mariana Taragano

Posted on September 5, 2018 at 9:41pm 0 Comments

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Choreography and Gender: Still Looking for the Female Choreographers

Posted on February 18, 2018 at 2:59pm 2 Comments

ODC/Dance; photo Andrew Weeks. Courtesy of Jacob's Pillow

Whether familiar with the dance world or not, it probably won’t come as a surprise to most readers that the majority of the dance industry work-force is female. In fact, according to Data USA12, as much as eighty-five percent of the workers in…


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