Tamar Rogoff is a choreographer and filmmaker who explores the outer limits of how people negotiate extreme circumstances. Her work has been presented at numerous venues, both nationally and internationally, including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, P.S. 122, La Mama Theater, and the Estonian National Opera in Tallinn. Rogoff’s large scale site works, films, and more traditional proscenium performances house her life-long process. “Angle of Ascent” was performed on a tower rising 25 feet above the plaza in Lincoln Center, while huge water tanks were built there for “In Deep” (1990). “The Ivye Project” (1994) took place in a forest in Belarus, at the mass graves of Rogoff’s relatives and 2,400 others killed in the Holocaust. This later became the subject of the documentary, “Summer in Ivye”, which was screened at the Hampton’s International Film Festival and the Jewish Festival at Lincoln Center. “Demeter’s Daughter”, another large scale site-work, was performed on the streets and rooftops of the lower East Side. Rogoff’s Daughter of a “Pacifist Soldier” (2001), was based on the year-long relationship between her company and a community of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. In 2005 Ms. Rogoff choreographed a solo dance piece at P.S.122 for actor Claire Danes entitled “Christina Olson: American Model”. Rogoff was movement coach to Emmy award winning Danes for HBO’s “Temple Grandin”, and also coached the lead actor in Stephen Daldry’s film “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”. Her choreographic work “Diagnosis of a Faun”, which became the subject matter for her and Daisy Wright’s documentary “Enter the Faun”, premiered at LaMama in 2009 and subsequently toured. “Summer’s Different” (2013) explored how a family finds its balance in relation to one member’s trans experience.
Rogoff’s work is featured in the book “Site Dance: Choreographers and the Lure of Alternative Spaces”. Twelve years ago she founded the Solar Powered Dance Festival at Solar1, an environmental education and arts center. She is a four-time recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and has been generously funded and commissioned by Dancing in the Streets, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Rockefeller MAP Grant, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Harkness Foundation, The Suitcase Fund, VSA, CEC Artslink, the Sundance Documentary Fund, and the Fledgling Fund. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship.
Rogoff is currently doing outreach for “Enter the Faun”, which she co-directed and produced with long-time collaborator Daisy Wright. They were included at IFP in 2012 and have been fellows at the Sundance Institute since 2013. Rogoff is an adjunct faculty member at the Experimental Theater Wing at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and has been teaching and developing her unique brand of bodywork classes for over twenty-five years.
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