Stateside, the company is involved as a resident dance company with institutions not typically associated with performance art. For instance, TMP recently had an engagement with a hospital in Orange County, CA, performing interactive improvisational dance for/with patients. "To just see their smiles and have that interaction--it's one of the reasons I wanted to dance at TMP," says company member Ryan Redmond. "There are no costumes or sets or anything. It's just about communicating with people at a very genuine, personal level."
In May, TMP toured South East Asia on a grant from the State Department, bringing American dance to perform for, interact with, and learn from Asian dancers and audiences. The trip was also an audition of sorts for Asian dancers. TMP would select a small group to come to the US to rehearse and perform new work with the company. Three young women from the Korean National Contemporary Dance Company (KNCDC) were ultimately chosen for the collaboration.
To read (and watch) more about the TMP Asia tour click here.