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Rachel Tess began her training as a dancer at the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre where she performed professionally from 1998-2000. She received a BFA in 2004 from The Juilliard School in New York City. While attending Juilliard, Tess received a Princess Grace Award (2002), performed as a member of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and was presented with the Martha Hill Dance Award by the faculty. Tess has been a member of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, Gothenburg Opera Ballet, and held a permanent position with the Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm until July of 2013. She has performed the works of Stijn Celis, Mats Ek, Johan Inger, Jirí Kylián, Benoît LaChambre, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, and Didy Veldman. She has premiered her choreographic works in Stockholm, Montreal, New York City, Costa Rica, and Portland, Oregon. She was part of Dance Magazine's 25 to Watch in 2010 for her work as co-director of Rumpus Room Dance in Portland, Oregon, a dance collective committed to interdisciplinary dance collaborations in urban and non-traditional environments. Tess has taught ballet, contemporary dance, and improvisation at Svenska Balletskolan, The Portland Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Conduit Dance in Portland, Danza Abierta in Costa Rica, and Dans och Cirkus Högskolan (DOCH) and Danscentrum in Stockholm. She is the recipient of a Partners of the Americas exchange grant for her work in Costa Rica. In 2013, Tess received her masters in choreography from the New Performative Practices Masters program at DOCH. She won and completed a Princess Grace Foundation Works in Progress Residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City with her ongoing large-scale sculptural intervention Souvenir in July of 2013. In August she was an artist in residence at the 5th annual Making Sense Colloquium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. She is currently a permanent resident in Kivik, Sweden and is a member of ÖSKG since September 2013. She is the director of Milvus Artistic Research Center (MARC). Upcoming projects include a residency with the project Souvenir at Wanås Konst from April-July 2014. Souvenir will also be premiered in September 2014 in collaboration with the Lower Manhattan Culture Council on Governor’s Island.

Performances PDX/Opsis in September

Souvenir at Wanås Konst

 For Immediate Release:

“Souvenir” at Opsis Architecture, September 2014

Rachel Tess Dance and Opsis Architecture present the project Souvenir this September in Portland, Oregon. The event includes a 30-minute duet danced by Rachel Tess and Kenneth Bruun Carlson in the Opsis studio space, a dialogue with the artists, and a comprehensive exhibition of photographic documentation of the Souvenir project.

for details regarding Souvenir go to:
Baryshnikov Arts Center
Rachel Tess Dance
The Wanås Foundation

Opsis Architecture
920 NW 17th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, United States
+1 503-525-9511

Saturday, September 6th:
4:30, 6:30, 8:30
Sunday, September 7th:
4:30, 6:30, 8:30
(entire event ca. 60 minutes)

To reserve tickets send an e-mail to Please include your name, the amount of tickets you will be purchasing, the date and time for the performance you would like to attend, and a telephone number so that we may reach you to confirm your reservation. Tickets are $10.00 cash or check at the door.

Press Contact: for press photos and further information please or interviews contact Rachel Tess via e-mail at

Damien Gilley at MARC

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For Immediate Release:
Damien Gilley Vernissage at Milvus Artistic Research Center

Milvus Artistic Research Center, (MARC) opens its doors this July with a vernissage for artist Damien Gilley. As a MARC 2014 artist in residence, Gilley will present an immersive installation in the barn and gallery in Kivik.

Where: Milvus Artistic Research Center (MARC)
Gladeholm, Kivik 27735
For directions go to:

When: Saturday July 19th, 18.00-22.00
Admission is free and we will serve refreshments and snacks on site
Artist Damien Gilley:

Damien Gilley (b. 1977, California) is an artist and educator working in Portland, Oregon. His work exposes hidden architectures through site-specific perceptual installations that combine drawing and sculptural approaches. Drawing influence from vintage computer graphics, techno-structures, and science fiction the work integrates digital languages with the physical world to question historical, current, and potential environments.

Damien holds a BFA in New Media, Suma Cum Laude, from the University of Nevada, an MFA in Contemporary Art Practice from Portland State University, and a BA in psychology and religious studies from the University of California Santa Barbara.

His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including Tetem Kunstruimte (Enschede, Netherlands), EastWest Project (Berlin, DE), Suyama Space (Seattle), The Belfry (Hornell, NY), Las Vegas Art Museum, Arthouse (Austin), the Art Museum of South Texas, and in Portland at Rocksbox, Linfield College, Wieden+Kennedy in collaboration with Rachel Tess, the American Institute of Architects, the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and the Portland 2010 Biennial, among others. Selected press includes a critic’s pick on, New American Paintings, Frame Magazine (Amsterdam), Las Vegas Review Journal, Seattle Weekly, The Oregonian, the Austin Chronicle, and online at designboom,,, and PORT. He has received multiple project grants from the Regional Arts & Culture Council and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission. He has held residencies at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, ARE Enschede (Netherlands), and Crow’s Shadow Institute in Oregon. He is a member of the artistic panel that advises Milvus Artistic Research Center in Kivik, Sweden and will be residence there in July 2014 creating a site-specific installation.

Milvus Artistic Research Center (MARC):

With one indoor studio/performance space, living accommodations, and an inspiring landscape on 11 hectares of farmland at the edge of Stenshuvud National Park in Kivik, Sweden, MARC provides a concentrated environment for artistic research within the field of performance. Established in 2013, MARC is a platform where performance practices, working modes, and methodologies are questioned and new work is created and shared. MARC provides the opportunity for dance choreographers and practitioners to focus on specific research questions. MARC has an interest in interdisciplinary collaboration and welcomes other disciplines with a relationship to live performance to the center for residencies each year.


MARC artistic director, Rachel Tess,,

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Showings Thursday and Friday at MARC

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(photos by Luis Rodriguez)


Milvus Artistic Research Center, (MARC) opens its doors to the public in April, 2014 with its first artist in residence Benoît Lachambre (

In honor of the opening we would like to invite you to two free open studio showings with Benoît Lachambre and Rachel Tess in MARC’s studio/performance space, April 3rd and 4th, 6pm-­‐7pm. The artists will present their new work These are bodies, These are motions, This is the place. There will be a post showing reception where you will have a chance to talk with the artists about the new work they have created and the center.

All events take place at:

Milvus Artistic Research Center, Gladeholm Kivik, 27735 (SE)

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Photos by: Luis Rodriguez

These are bodies, These are motions, This is the place

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Performed and created by: Benoît Lachambre, Rachel Tess

In a landscape of palpable textures the performers navigate the link between inner body and tangible object; animating the inanimate through an exploration of the senses. Skin becomes canvas, bodies become abstracted, glimpses of the recognizable are sometimes present, and the byproduct of contact with the outer environment is an acoustic/rhythmic transmission of the sensuous.

Letting be, being with, and sensing the profundity of silence allows the performers to refer unobtrusively to the complexities of human relationships.

The audience is a vital part of the shifting landscape. Alternating between lounging, sitting, standing, and relocating in search of the desired vantage point, the audience is shaped by the choreography.

Performances of These are bodies These are motions This is the place are scheduled for the fall of 2014. The work is produced by Rachel Tess Dance (Oregon, United States) with support from Par B.L.eux (Montreal, Canada). It was developed during a one-month residency at Milvus Artistic Research Center (MARC) in Skåne, Sweden with support from Skåne Region, Simrishamn’s Kommun, and Konstnärsnamden.

Wanås Showings


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photos: Mattias Givell, Wanås Konst

We are only a couple of weeks away from Konstrundan at Wanås! Here are some images from the preview we did for the Wanås staff. Dancer Kenneth Bruun Carlson and I had a great time getting to know the site and we are looking forward to performing on the hour, every hour, 11-5pm for ten days beginning April 18th. Come and check it out.