A Room of One’s Own: Tara Cheyenne FriedenbergA Room of One’s Own is a new photography series by Laura Murray Public Relations that showcases the beloved spaces belonging to members of Canada’s artistic scene. With a nod to Virginia Woolf’s essay by the same name, we present self-portraits from artists, arts media, and arts administrators in a room they call their own, simultaneously highlighting leaders in the arts alongside the importance of space in their creative work. How they define ‘room’ is up to them.
This week we feature critically acclaimed dance-theatre artist Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg. Based in Vancouver, Tara has been creating and performing her unique brand of hybrid dance-theatre across Canada, the United States, and Europe for the past decade. Known for her expert blending of comedy, dynamic physicality, and character work, Tara’s solo works bANGER and Nick & Juanita have both won People’s Choice Awards at the Dancing on the Edge Festival. Her latest work– Highgate – will premiere at The Cultch April 30 – May 4, 2013.
Q: Which room did you choose?
The room is the sidewalk. Our apartment is very small and we have a toddler so outside is my room. Outside, walking.
Q: What makes this room ‘yours’?
I get my best ideas when I'm moving through space. In 2010 we walked across Spain on the Camino de Santiago and it was the most incredible, mind-clearing, creative, and relentless experience. Now, if a commute is an hour or less, I'm on foot.
Q: Identify three items in the room (that can be seen in the photograph) that you love, and explain why they’re special to you.
My running shoe is in the shot but my back pack should be too – it was on my back.Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg's Highgate runs from April 30 – May 4, 2013 at The Cultch.