Gretel Taylor

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Gretel Taylor is a dancer, researcher and curator who has presented site-responsive performances locally and internationally. Gretel studied Body Weather with founder Min Tanaka in Japan in 1999 and 2000, which she has since shared with the Melbourne performance community through facilitation of training and workshops (via her platform BodyPlaceProject). She has taught Dance and Performance at Deakin, RMIT, Monash and Victoria University. Gretel has developed an improvisational ‘locating’ practice as a mode of relating to place during her PhD (2009) and as an ongoing inquiry. She is preoccupied with grappling towards an embodied acknowledgement of Country and a sense of becoming present, here and now, on Wurundjeri Country in Naarm, wherever we come from. She also wonders how ‘Body Weather’ might contribute to performance practice in this time of extreme weather and climate crisis. Gretel is a founding member of Environmental Performance Authority (EPA), a group that uses Body Weather as an underpinning method for their site-specific walking performances.