Tania Isaac is a Caribbean-American dancer/choreographer who fuses choreography with personal documentary and social commentary to grapples with identity, post-colonial issues, feminism and juxtapositions of European and African influences.
She graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received her MFA in dance from Temple University in 2000. Her most recent writing is included in Susanna Sloat’s anthology Making Caribbean Dance (University Press of Florida, 2010). Isaac is a former member of David Dorfman Dance, Urban Bush Women and Rennie Harris Puremovement. She has received grants from the Independence Foundation, Dance Advance, National Performance Network, Leeway Foundation, Harlem Stage Fund for New Work and is the recipient of a 2011 Pew Charitable Trusts Artists Fellowship.
She has been a speaker with the Pennsylvania Humanities Council creating presentations based on Contemporary Caribbean Dance in Historical and Social Context, which launched the PHC Speakers’ WHYY TV series. Her current work is described as a potentially groundbreaking exploration of creative method she calls the “Open Notebook“ a way of turning a room into a laboratory of investigation and participatory dance. The “Open Notebook” was developed and expanded through residencies at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography in 2006 and 2009.
Isaac has been faculty at Bates Dance Festival, Resident Artist at Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia, and a US/JAPAN Exchange Artist through Philadelphia Dance Projects, Dance Theater Workshop and the Japan Foundation. She has also taught and performed across the U.S. She is a current MacDowell Fellow (2012). “I fell in love with the idea that moving could be intellectual practice in itself,” says Isaac. “I enjoy the messy, exhausting and challenging process of bringing things to life.”