Tia Kramer is a social choreographer, site specific performance artist, and educator interested in everyday gestures of human connection. Through her projects she create experiences that prioritize empathy and engage participants in collective self reflection. Community and connection are both the source and the purpose of her creative work. Her collaborations and practice cultivate equity, empathy and mindfulness in the world.
Tia Kramer is rooted in Walla Walla, Washington, a vibrant small town nestled among expansive agricultural fields and the Blue Mountains, yet just a stones throw from Seattle and Portland where she has a rich creative community.
Study of Time and Motion
Study of Time and Motion was a collaborative performance project co-produced with choreographer, Tamin Totke and performers: Ezra Dickinson, Mary Margaret Moore, Rachael Lincoln, Kt Shores and Aaron Swartzman, environmental designer: Grant Bowen, and historian: Elissa Favero. This multifaceted project challenged contemporary notions of productivity by prioritizing human connection. Through a series of site specific performances and durational open rehearsals we reactivated Seattle’s vacant Georgetown Steam Plant and the Duwamish River it once relied upon. Building upon our research of Steam Plant Designer Frank Gilbreth’s study of efficiency and inefficiency, we transformed repetitive object-oriented gestures into human-to-human relationships to reveal the qualities of human connection, support and care. Incorporating video installation at the plant and public signposts along the environs of the Duwamish River, this interdisciplinary project invites participants to ask:
What impact does our desire for progressive perfection have on human interaction and our relationships with constructed and natural environments?
Our research and accumulated knowledge on Gilbreth’s Study of Time and Motion was activated again for another site specific performance series, Approaching Proximity, created for the exhibition Six Weeks, in Time, at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, WA. Collectively our group of performers mirrored gestures of the audience and dissected solo pedestrian acts — putting on and taking off a jacket, tying shoes, checking a smart phone — creating opportunities for audience to consider their own physical experiences and embodied participation in cultural construction.
Each Other (working title) was a public open rehearsal series presented at MadArt Studios during our residency from Nov 2016 through Jan 2017. Building upon interactions with the public, we began collecting gestures that will be the seeds for our next group work. Each Other is both a response and an offering in this turbulent political era. We are attempting to solve the incalculable problems of our times by examining the body as a record of lived experience and a vehicle for deep empathy.
Short Talks, Short Walks
Short Talks, Short Walks are a series of site-specific plaques installed at Smoke Farm in Arlington, WA. After Anne Carson’s ‘short talk’ poetic form, the text illuminates a connection between participants physical experience on the farm and overlooked experiences from their everyday life. The poetic signs conclude with a directive to enact a physical gesture that connects the act of reading to their somatic experience.