Tamar Rogoff is a choreographer who explores the outer limits of how people negotiate extreme circumstances. She combines and juxtaposes unlikely company members, always on the look out for magical and tender ways to tell difficult stories. Rogoff’s large scale site works, films, and more traditional proscenium performances house her life-long experimental process to search for balance in the ungainly positions in which she finds herself. Angle of Ascent was performed on a tower rising 25 feet above the plaza in Lincoln Center, while huge water tanks were built there for In Deep. The Ivye Project (1994) took place in a forest in Belarus, surrounding the mass graves of Rogoff’s relatives and others killed in the Holocaust. This later became the subject of the documentary made by Rogoff and Daisy Wright called Summer in Ivye, which was screened at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Demeter’s Daughter, another large scale site-work performed on the streets of the Lower East Side, used community gardens, rooftops, and an abandoned schoolyard. Rogoff’s proscenium piece, Daughter of a Pacifist Soldier, was based on the year-long relationship between her company and a community of veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In 2005, Rogoff choreographed a solo dance piece at P.S.122 for actress Claire Danes entitled Christina Olson: American Model. In 2007, Rogoff choreographed Edith & Jenny, an interdisciplinary work for Danes and Ariel Flavin. Diagnosis of a Faun premiered at La MaMa's Ellen Stewart Theater in 2009 and went on to tour at the Kennedy Center, and various colleges. For this piece, Rogoff trained Gregg Mozgala, an actor with Cerebral Palsy, as a dancer in order to perform the lead role of the Faun. Together Mozgala and Rogoff have visited numerous medical institutions to talk about their process. Rogoff's most recent piece, Summer's Different (2013) tells the story of three generations of one family when a parent reveals a gender identity that challenges the family’s equilibrium.
Rogoff has taught for many years at P.S. 122 and at NYU’s Experimental Theater Wing. Eight years ago, she founded the arts program at Solar1, an environmental education and arts center. Rogoff also acts as a movement coach for film. She coached Claire Danes in HBO's Emmy award winning movie Temple Grandin and lead actor Thomas Horn in the film Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
She is a four-time recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and has been generously funded and commissioned by Dancing in the Streets, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Rockefeller MAP Grant, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Harkness Foundation, New York Theater Workshop’s Suitcase Fund, VSA arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation.
Currently, as a Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Fellow, Rogoff is working with Daisy Wright on a film about the training of Gregg Mozgala, as he prepares to dance the role of the Faun. Rogoff’s methods of release through unorthodox body practices address Mozgala’s cerebral palsy, as together they forge an intimate and vibrant relationship.