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Tara Rynders C.V.

Video Exhibitions/Performances/Artist Residencies


•Phone Homer collaborative commission by artist Michelle Ellsworth, On The Boards Seattle, WA

•you & me san francisco 2012 at The Garage: artistic director, curator, and artistic collaborator of an evening length multimedia durational interactive performance

•you & me the documentary, coming 2013: this full feature documentary follows each you & me performance including interviews of performers, guests, and an intimate look at the process and performance, funded through kickstarter and private donors.

•Denver Independent Choreographers Showcase: commissioned video premier of someplace awesome The Laundry Space collective arts gallery

•Black and White collaborative commission by artist Gabriel Masson, 8 video installations, The Dairy Performing Arts Center, Boulder, CO

•you & me denver 2012, artistic director, curator, and artistic collaborator of an evening length multimedia durational interactive performance that occurred in and around my home

• The Other Side Arts Gallery commissioned live interactive multimedia dance performance


•Denver Art Museum Untitled (TXT) Typo featured performing and video artist, Blink exhibition Denver, CO

•Pikes Peak Community College guest artist and choreographer, The Weight of Memory

•Black and White collaborative commission by artist Gabriel Masson, 8 video installations, Atlas Technology Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO

•The Narrators- guest movement storyteller, Paris on the Platte, Denver, CO

•Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art donated performance for Illuminations Auction

•Platteforum, artist residency, 7 weeks selected Artist in Residence, culminating performance of railroad stories, creation of over 8 videos with live performance alongside collaboration with youth at the Joan Farley Academy live in residential treatment center

•Commissioned film for the Colorado Independent Woman Film Festival, The Breath We Left Denver, CO

•University of Utah Dance for the Camera Film Festival, The Breath We Left, SLC, Utah

•Leading acting role in Ash, directed by Guggenheim scholar Ed Bowes, New York, New York, filmed in Boulder/Denver, CO

•Interdisciplinary Conference: Time and Space Evening of Intimacy paper presentation and live performance

•Performatica selected workshop leader, lecturer with live performance/video installation, Puebla, Mexico

•you & me denver 2011 premier: artistic director, curator, and collaborator with over 15 artists: multimedia durational interactive collaborative project set in and around my home with live web feed of performance

•Artopia featured film and performing artist Westword Artist Festival, Denver, CO

•Festivus Film Festival, official selection, She Rushes Rhythm, Denver, CO

•Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, A Show For People, video installation, Beneath and live performance, Boulder, CO

•Lead acting role, Merit, in The Value of Small Skeletons, Directed by Guggenheim Scholar, Ed Bowes, New York, New York filmed in Boulder, CO


•Boulder Fringe Film Festival commissioned film artist, Poetry in Motion, 1st place audience selection award, She Rushes Rhythm, Boulder, CO

•Her Coat commissioned video for San Francisco based company Jessica Damon and Dancers for live performance Coated, San Francisco, CA

•What Was Lost commissioned video for Harvard faculty Jessica Berson and Dancers performance, Cambridge, Massachusetts

•Boulder Fringe Poetry in Motion commissioned live feed video and dance performance with musician Ian Cooke, Denver, CO

•San Souci Film Festival, official selection, The Breathe We Left, Boulder, CO

•Project Hello video installation, Hello Means No One, Denver, CO

•BFD Film Festival top three experimental films official selection, The Breath We Left Boulder, CO

•Festivus Film Festival official selection, Please, Denver, CO

•She Waded in Time Atlas Center for the Arts artist residency and supported accumulation video and dance performance, Boulder, CO

•Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Evolution of a Cheeseburger video and live performance with Michelle Ellsworth, Boulder, CO

•International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy, France juried official selection film The Breath We Left, Burgundy, France

•Perspectives International Digital Arts Festival commissioned film In Between The Opposites with live performance, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV

•Artist in Residence, 3rd Law Dance/Theatre commissioned solo performance, The University of Nevada, Reno


•Eliot Street Collective, art opening, video installation and live performance, Between the Opposites, The Breath We Left, Denver, CO

•Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder Arts District Transparencies, video installation and live performance Boulder, CO

•Atlantic Center for the Arts Artist Residency Film/Performance with master artist Carole Kim, New Smyrna Beach, FL

•San Souci Film Festival official selection, Please with live performance

•BFD Film Festival top three experimental films official selection, Please, Boulder, CO

•Spinal Tap Unplugged Tour solo dancer, Paramount Theatre, Denver, CO

•Commissioned by the Nevada Museum of Art to create choreography in collaboration with Peter Goins photogram In Pursuit of Happiness, Reno, NV

•Commissioned by the Nevada Museum of Art to direct, choreograph and dance a full evening performance within the museum in collaboration with current exhibits, Reno, NV

•Lead Performer in Film: Maude Gone Directed by, Shannyn Sossamon, Los Angeles, CA

•3rd Law Dance/Theatre Company member Boulder, CO

•Louder than Words Dance Theatre Company member Denver, CO


•Commissioned solo artist performance University of Nevada, Reno in touring production of Gus Giordano Jazz Dance directed by Jon Lehrer

•Casted chorus jazz dancer in re-creation of work created by Bob Fosse

•Artistic Director of Here created for Artown Tuesday night dance series through grant received by the city of Reno.

•The Holland Project collaborative performance with poetry, sculpture, live music and dance, Reno, NV.

Community Outreach


•Platteforum weekly video/dance workshops held with youth living in residential treatment

•Performatica workshop facilitator with Spanish speaking students at La Universidad de las Americas in Cholula, Mexico

•Continuing Promise mobile clinic, Costa Rica

•Source Counseling using dance and video with victims of crime to create music videos used as victim impact statements shown in court


•Oceanview Assisted Living Home Dancing with senior citizens, using movement to help recall memory and as a means of expression, New Smyrna Beach, Florida

•Safehouse camp teaching dance to children and teenagers directly involved with domestic violence issues at home, Boulder, CO 2009


•Summit Children Dance weekly free childrens community dance class 2008


•Honduras mobile clinic nurse- time was spent traveling to small villages creating health clinics and spending time with children singing songs, dancing, and playing soccer.

•Guatemala orphanage caregiver-time spent with children utilizing dance, music and painting to explore their emotions involving the loss of their family.

•Katrina Nurse relief, Houston TX

•Hurricane Mitch relief, Guatemala

•Nevada Museum of Art Hands On Program workshop created to work with families incorporating dance and improvisation with the entire family 1998-


•USA Fellowship Nominee 2012, in process


•CU Boulder Artist Fellowship Grant

•CU Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, paper presentation,

commissioned video /live performance 2010

•Atlantic Center for the Arts, Artist Residency Grant, New Smyrna Beach, Florida 2009

•The Work of Art: Creativity and the Work Ethic. Reno: University of Nevada, Black Rock Press, 2006. 2006

•Nevada Arts Council Fellowship Grant, Choreography

•City of Reno Artist Grant, Artown performance 2005

Teaching Experience


•Community dance: Beginning Modern, Beginning Jazz: Denver, CO

•Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Springs, adjunct faculty: Beginning Modern


•University of Colorado at Boulder, guest lecturer Looking at Dance

•University of Colorado at Boulder, guest lecturer Dance and Culture

•University of Colorado at Boulder, guest lecturer Graduate Seminar

•University of Colorado at Boulder, guest lecturer beginning dance composition

•University of Colorado at Boulder, beginning dance composition

•University of Colorado at Boulder, intermediate and advanced jazz

•University of Colorado at Boulder, beginning modern

•University of Colorado at Boulder TA and guest lecturer, Looking at Dance


•Wing and a Prayer Dance Theatre Company classes

•University of Nevada, Reno, advanced modern

•University of Nevada, Reno, advanced jazz

•Summit Creative Dance for Children


•2011 MFA Dance: choreography, video and interdisciplinary performance

University of Colorado, Boulder

•2004 B.S.N. Nursing, RN, University of Nevada, Reno

University of Colorado, Boulder

•2002 B.A. Spanish, Minor Nutrition, University of Nevada, Reno 2011



•Source Counseling: Dance therapist working with victims of crime using dance and video to create a victims impact statement shown in court.


•Denver: Rose Medical Center: Registered Nurse/Charge Nurse Emergency Department.

2004 2008

•Reno, NV: Renown Medical Center: Registered Nurse- Pediatrics Department

•Reno, NV: St. Marys Hospital: Registered Nurse Emergency Department 2011

References Available Upon Request

•Mark Amerika University of Colorado at Boulder, Digital Arts Faculty

•Frances Charteris University of Colorado at Boulder, Visual Arts Faculty

•Onye Ozuzu University of Colorado at Boulder, Director of Dance Department

•Michelle Ellsworth University of Colorado at Boulder, Dance Faculty

•Gabe Masson University of Colorado at Boulder, Dance Faculty

•Katie Elliot Artistic Director of 3rd Law Dance Theatre, Boulder, CO

•Cari Cunningham- University of Nevada, Reno, Head of Dance Department

•Kristen Avansino Director of E.L. Wiegand Foundation, Reno, NV

Tara Rynders is honored to accept

the 2012 "Cutting Edge Dance Artist" award presented by Colorado's leading professional dance organization, Colorado Dance Alliance

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