“Belgium has given contemporary dance some of
its very best creative talents and perhaps here comes another.”
Graham Watts, 2013.
"Watch this space. She’s a force of nature."
The Observer, February 2016.
The Independent’s 'One to watch', Tara D’Arquian is a Belgian choreographer based between London and Brussels. After graduating from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Tara specialized in Choreological Studies. Tara is a regular lecturer and teacher at Trinity Laban and Central School of Speech and Drama.
Her choreographic practice spreads from film, stage to site-specific performance making. Her interest lays in the investigation of the role of contemporary performance practice in the search for existential meaning. In 2013, Tara was awarded the first site-sensitive Compass Commissions supported by Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban partnership for which she conceived In Situ, the first site-sensitive work of a trilogy on identity.
In 2015, the project proposal Quests was nominated one of the 21 Highly Commended UK projects received by the Sky Academy Arts Scholarship.
2016, D’Arquian was shortlisted for Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Choreographer Award and the Sky Academy Arts Scholarship 2016. Quests, the second site-sensitive piece of her In Situ trilogy, was presented in Greenwich Dance's home, The Borough Hall.
Tara's projects and collaborations were presented at the Southbank Centre, The Laban Theatre, The Place, the Gulbenkian Cinema (Canterbury), The Yard Theatre (Hackney Wick), the Shunt Vaults, Asylum (Peckham), Greenwich Dance and La Maison de la Culture de Tournai.
Since September 2018, Tara has also joined L'Escaut Architectures as an Associate Artist where she manages and oversees the artistic project.
In 2021, she founded Fields Are Burning Studio.
As an actress, credits include:
*2017, Feature Film, Hotel Clerk, WAR MACHINE, Netflix and Plan B Entertainment, directed by David Michôd
*2016, Site Specific, CONFIDENTIAL PROJECT, Punchdrunk, directed by Felix Barrett
*2015, Stage, Natasha, THE SEAGULL, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, directed by Matthew Dunster
*2014, Site Specific, Antoinette, MAMETZ, National Theatre Wales, directed by Matthew Dunster.
Represented by Scott Marshall Partners