“Tess’s rigorous training and preparation always are evident in her performances, which display an appealing grace with a coiled, potentially explosive energy underneath… For all her success as a performer on big proscenium stages, Tess has shown a fascination with tailoring psychologically potent movement to artfully altered physical environments.” –The Oregonian.

“What are the ideal conditions for dance? Souvenir forces us to confront this question—and offers a space in which to imagine the possibilities.” – Lydia Bell, 2013. 

Rachel Tess (b. 1980) is a Portland born artist currently based in Sweden. Tess is the director of Milvus Artistic Research Center (MARC) in the South of Sweden.Her most recent performances include the Vernissage Konstrundan, Milvus Artistic Research Center, Kivik, Sweden (2015). Tess worked on Souvenir, a mobile choreographic architecture purposed for long-term choreographic research in a variety of contexts and venues. Souvenir was designed and built in Stockholm, Sweden through a multi-disciplinary collaboration between Tess and carpenter/craftsman Gian Monti.

Tess’s awards and residencies include a Works in Progress Residency, Princess Grace Foundation USA at Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York, NY (2013) and a Princess Grace Award in Dance, The Juilliard School/Benjamin Harkarvy, New York, NY (2003). Tess received a B.F.A. from The Juilliard School, New York, NY and an M.F.A. from Dans Högskolan Stockholm, Sweden.

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