ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: TAYLOR WALKER

 My involvement started from the day I watched the Australian Bush fires earlier in the year. Yet again our planet and environment are being destroyed in rapid timeframes.

Tell us about yourself

So my name is Taylor Walker, I’m 23 and have a growing passion for creative environments. I’m from a big, loving family but also enjoy my own company – maybe a bit too much. On my days off I love surfing and going on spontaneous adventures to new destinations, and enjoy all things meditation and universe. I feel like a wizard sometimes (joke). I have a huge amount of love for my family and friendship circle and aim to inspire and help people I meet or encounter in my life’s journey. 

How did you get into dance and what inspires you?

My mum pushed me to dance from a young age after many hours watching MJ on the television. I remember not enjoying my first dance class but (as a mother does) they see something in their kids you don’t from a young age and she pushed me to go again the following week. I haven’t stopped boogieing since. I started to grow and understand movement and the intention behind it, but dance changed for me when it went from dance moves to feeling. Gene Kelly talks about it often and how you must allow the music to talk and let the body respond. A call and response – that’s what inspires me. Connecting all senses to create a clear language

How were you involved in "Mothers Calling" - What inspired it & what the message behind the video?

My involvement started from the day I watched the Australian Bush fires earlier in the year. Yet again our planet and environment are being destroyed in rapid timeframes. I have always wanted to give back to the planet and still aim to do more as I get older, but the fires moved me to do something quickly. I knew I couldn’t base it on that specific topic because it’s too soon and people need time to heal. My grandad quotes often that “Mother Nature will always win or call for help through her trauma,” and in my eyes that’s what was happening. So “Mother’s Calling”  was the seed and manifested into this new composition. Then asking myself how would that call sound like, and it all came very quickly to me when playing the piano for the first time with these thoughts in mind. The message behind the video is for the audience to be taken to a place of understanding. We follow a character running away from society to try and save what’s already been broken, which is represented through a entangled piano. He then finds himself repeating the same task over and over again – almost like a Groundhog Day moment. An ongoing destruction of this character’s home and planet.

How have you managed to navigate creatively throughout Lockdown?

I won’t lie, lockdown has been truly eye-opening for me and I was incredibly grateful for the world to just stop for a moment. It definitely had its low and hard moments, but boredom and stillness creates the best source of creativity for me. Taking a moment to disconnect from this fast moving industry and understand who I am as an individual. I used the time to study where dance originated from and what changed the game in dance like Gene Kelly and Bob Fosse and studying the new modern styles like Tobias Ellehammer and EZtwins who I admire with their attention to detail and dynamic intentions.

What has been the most for filling project you've worked on and why?

It’s a hard question to answer as I’m always seeking fulfillment within most projects. I think as life goes on and you experience more and learn how to deal and approach situations I can put this into my work, creating more purpose and meaning behind each project. But I think it was a Production Research and Development workshop earlier this year with the ArtsEd students. I have been working on my own production for a few years and having the moment to start putting ideas into a space was very exciting, which is what is driving its next creative step in its development. Something I’m not rushing but indeed stay tuned! 

What's been the most important lesson of your dance journey so far?

I think it would be fair to say I’ve had one too many setbacks in my career so far that included losing my job on two different occasions and unexpected injuries. For that reason you never know what’s going to happen. You may have booked the most incredible job that takes you around the world but the power of what happens during or after that is out of your control. But it’s something we must embrace and understand that it’s a part of our individual journey. I’m a big believer that people encounter brilliant and difficult times in their life to purposely shape you and prepare you for what’s to come. So, my dance and creative journey has taught me the art of acceptance. Enjoy the highs and embrace the lows. It’s the equal balance that shapes you. 

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