Tara Jade Samaya has worked under the directorship of Anouk Van Djik at Chunky Move since 2012. She has recently performed in two major show for the NZ Festival of the Arts, Douglas Wright’s The Kiss Inside & Chunky Move’s Complexity of Belonging. Other works with Chunky Move include Rule of Thirds (2016), Depth of Field (Dance Massive 2015), 247 Days (Dance Massive 2013) and Embodiment 1:1:1, (ACCA installation 2013). In 2016 Tara was appointed Artistic Associate at Chunky Move.
In 2016, Tara and Pippa Samaya’s collective Ubuntu Samaya, won first prize in the international 60 second dance film competition for The Knowledge Between Us in both Finland and Denmark. They also won the judges choice for ‘best film’ at FAD Festival USA for Pick Yourself Up, and their film Photosynthesise (2015) gained an Honorable mention for Wood and Humanity international film competition.
Tara has previously performed with the Australian Dance Theatre under Artistic Directorship of Garry Stewart for Proximity (2013), Be Your Self (2012), Worldhood (2011), G (2008/09) and Devolution (2007). Her performances in Be Your Self and Proximity saw her nominated for the Helpmann Award for Best Female Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Production in 2010 and 2012 respectively.
Tara completed a full time course in Classical Ballet at the Marie-Walton Mahon Dance Academy and continued her studies at the Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts.