Rachelle’s research, scholarship and artistic creation focus on the connection between the mind and the body, and how function and expression work well together. Her work centers on how qualitative physical choices affect our emotional expression and physiological responses. She uses Laban Movement Studies and Alexander Technique as research tools to solve creative, stylistic and therapeutic problems. These systems allow identification of patterns of connection through the moving body and conscious choices in the details of what movement is, how it is generated and experienced, and how it fulfills our intentions to support expression and healthy function. In her current research, Tsachor is co-investigator in a study of the Effects of Performance, Imagery, and Observation of Movements on Brain Activation and Function with researchers from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Her creative work applies movement to making music, dance and theatre, in particular analysis of movement specific to time, place, culture, character and style. Recent UI Opera and Theatre productions including her work were: Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet, Checkov’s The Cherry Orchard, and a new play Versailles. Her publications on period notations and styles include chapters in the Dover edition of Courtly Dance of the Renaissance, Gordon & Breach of London's Moving Notation and Terpsichore 1450-1900, published by the Institute for Historical Dance Practice in Belgium. Her reconstruction of Nido d'Amore was commissioned as the basis for the instructional video How to Dance through Time Volume III: The Majesty of Renaissance Dance for Dancetime Publications in California. As associate editor, Tsachor most recently published a scholarly facsimile edition of a French manuscript on English country dance, Dances for the Sun King: André Lorin’s Livre de Contredance, [c. 1685-1687]
published by the Colonial Music Institute. Tsachor is a member of the Association of Theatre Movement Educators.
Tsachor earned her B.F.A. in Dance at the Juilliard School and her Masters (emphasizing choreography and directing) at the City College of New York. As a Certified Laban Movement Analyst (CMA, University of Quebec at Montreal and the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies), she has been invited to
give workshops and presentations in such diverse areas as Optimal Performance, Non-Verbal Communication, Kinesiology, Movement notations, Physical Characterization and Early Music, Dance & Movement at conferences in Berkeley, Chicago, Ottawa, New York City, San Antonio and Ghent, Belgium.