This May is, as I feel many Mays are, quite full of transitions! To start, we have the long-anticipated transition from spring to summer. Hello, short shorts! Clearly I’m very excited by the return of my warmer weather wardrobe. Here at Dance Exchange, though, we’re seeing transitions of another nature. One of those is the arrival of Tashi Gore, a visiting artist from Scotland! Tashi has received funding to dive into other processes and practices as a way to reinvigorate her own work back home. A good portion of her time will be spent at Dance Exchange, from May to the end of July, where she will be both facilitating and participating in a number of institutes, workshops, meetings, rehearsals, and other events that land on our calendar. To get to know Tashi a bit more, we’ve asked her to tell us some about herself, but feel free to swing by Dance Exchange to say hello!
Tashi is a producer and performance maker who works predominately within a socially engaged context. She makes performance and artwork inspired by people and place and has been involved in a wide variety of creative projects and collaborations in her career so far. As an artist, Tashi believes in using creative actions to offer a place for conversations, meeting points, and as a catalyst towards conviviality.
For the past ten years Tashi has been engaged as Co – Artistic Director and Producer of Glas(s) Performance, an organization she co-founded with long-term collaborator Jess Thorpe. Through a shared interest in autobiography, their work aims to look at the personal as a way of exploring larger universal themes related to the human experience.
For Glas(s) Performance Tashi has made over 20 pieces of work. The company works with real people in place of fictional characters to create pieces of theatre from real lived experience. Among this work is Life Long, a piece exploring love that features Ronnie and Tillie Jeffrey, who have been married for 55 years, Hand Me Down with a group of ten women from the same family aged between 7 and 75, and Chip, about father-daughter relationships. Their most recent project, ALBERT DRIVE, a large-scale multi-disciplinary creative project explores the idea of neighbour and what it means to live alongside each other from the perspective of the people who live on one street in Glasgow.
Glas(s) Performance also founded Junction 25, a radical performance collective for young people based at the Tramway in Glasgow. Over the past eight years Junction 25 has presented work at festivals and venues across the UK and Europe, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with I Hope My Heart Goes First, which won a Herald Angel Award, and with ANOESIS which was nominated for a Total Theatre award for Innovation.
Alongside running Glas(s) Performance, Tashi has worked as a freelance theatre Director, Producer and Consultant and as a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. There, she continues to deliver creative projects and mentor students. Her work in higher education has led her to develop an interest in the process of supporting emerging artists and creating a critical framework for the creation of new work.
Tashi was born in London and has lived in Glasgow since 2000. She has a first-class honours degree in Contemporary Theatre Practice and a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Arts Education from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Other organizations Tashi has worked with include: National Theatre Scotland, Youth Theatre Arts Scotland, The Arches (Glasgow), Batersea Arts Centre (London), The Round House (London) and Rogaland Teater (Stavanger, Norway).