Talia Koylass

Talia Koylass

Talia Koylass | Bleeding Backwards Vol 1: Better Off Dead

Talia Koylass was awarded a Fall 2018 Co-MISSION Residency

Featuring: Solomon Bowser and Nick Scarier

Co-Producers: Talia Koylass & Gabriella Wiltz

Rehearsal Director: Jasmin Williams

Associate Producer: Tyler Myles

Director of Photography: Andrea Kinnerk

Bleeding Backwards Vol 1: Better Off Dead is the first film in a series of short dance films that explore the effects of the United States prison system on individuals and communities. Through physicality and movement, Bleeding Backwards shows how the prison system exploits and dehumanizes people of color and the generational trauma caused by this practice. Each volume of the series will explore topics such as police brutality, prisoner mistreatment, forced familial separation, corruption within the justice system, and lack of rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners into society. In highlighting these issues, the series aims to incite conversation that will lead to positive change.

Volume I of the series, Better Off Dead, is centered on police brutality. Loosely based on by the murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014 by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke, Better Off Dead examines the relationship of a black man and a police officer from multiple vantage points. How are police viewed by people of color, and vice versa? What historical events inform this relationship? Dancers in Better Off Dead will use solo and partnered movements to explore these questions.


Talia Koylass just began her first season as a dancer with Winifred Haun & Dancers. She is a recent graduate from The Ailey School/Fordham University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Visual Arts. Ms. Grace specializes in choreographing dance for the camera and has shown her work at various events throughout New York and Chicago. She began her journey into dance filmmaking with her first film “The Human Experience” and since was commissioned to co-create and premiere a new work at Whitney Young High School. As a dance film maker, she works to create powerful images that draw the audience in and hold on to them the entire time using images that create narratives, convey emotions, ask questions, inspire thinking, and challenge us in our everyday lives.