MN's The O'Shaughnessy and Northrop Dance to Present Bebe Miller Company, 2/12
Bebe Miller has been making dances for over 25 years, forming Bebe Miller Company (BMC) in 1985. Known for a mix of virtuosic dancing and fundamental humanity, her choreography has been produced at major dance centers throughout the world. Miller's vision of dance and performance reside in her faith in the moving body as a record of thought, experience, and sheer beauty. Her aesthetic relies on the interplay of a work's idea, its physicality, and the contributions of company members to fashion its singular voice. A History is a new dance work choreographed by Bebe Miller in collaboration with longtime BMC members Angie Hauser and Darrell Jones, as well as dramaturg Talvin Wilks, and video artist Lily Skove. A History viscerally captures the threads of BMC's creative conversation in live performance and media. This guerrilla mode-nimble, strategic, with multiple points of entry-delivers the interactive spontaneity of truly accessible theater.
This performance will be accompanied in the lobby of The O'Shaughnessy by a specially created video installation, Tracing History, which illuminates Bebe Miller's choreography, personal story, and creative process with her dancers.
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Bebe Miller Company Post-Performance Conversation
Connect with the dance company's artists for a Q & A immediately following the performance from the stage of The O'Shaughnessy.
About A History
A History is a new dance work directed by Bebe Miller in collaboration with long-time BMC collaborators Angie Hauser, Darrell Jones, and Talvin Wilks, which premiered in fall 2012. An evening-length duet for Hauser and Jones, with video by Lily Skove and accompanying installation by Maya Ciarrocchi, the work is designed to invite audiences into what dance-making feels like, sounds like, and thinks like. These projects offer the uniqueness of a joint performance, installation, and interactive website, ultimately shifting the paradigm of an artist's archive from artifact to artwork.
A History reveals the interpersonal subtext that drives our particular mode of inquiry. As such, it connects an audience to their own experiences of creative partnerships. It is filtered through the collaboration between Hauser and Jones that began with the Bessie award-winning Verge (2001). A History probes findings from a 10-year perspective to expose the collision of their internal processes as dancers. It shares that vulnerability in an interactive format, creating something new.
A History is viewed as both the evidence and performance of a creative process. All four BMC collaborators-appearing live and virtually-create a dynamic exposure of how we do what we do and in turn catalyze the next questions. The performance is coupled with media installations offering dance "tracks" and thematic journeys that audiences try on for size, experiencing the process and arriving at new conclusions of their own. This guerrilla mode-nimble, strategic, with multiple points of entry-is designed to give both artists and audience the interactive spontaneity of truly accessible theater.
About Bebe Miller: Tracing History (Accompanying exhibit)
Audiences are invited to view a video installation presented in conjunction with A History in the lobby of The O'Shaughnessy the night of the performance. Bebe Miller: Tracing History provides further insight into Miller's process for dance-making and for creating physical language for the human condition.
The experience gives literal space and figurative breathing room to the idea that her work is about the doing and not the done. It is about the evolution leading up to the stage, and ultimately what happens while you are living your life.
About Bebe Miller Company
The mission of Bebe Miller Company is to support the artistic vision of choreographer Bebe Miller in creative, cross-disciplinary explorations and in creating and performing new works. Miller's vision of dance and performance resides in her faith in the moving body as a record of thought, experience, and sheer beauty. Her aesthetic relies on the interplay of a work's idea, its physicality, and the contributions of company members to fashion its singular voice. Seeking to expand the language of dance, Miller's work encompasses choreography, writing, film, video, and digital media. Committed to keeping dance available to a wide spectrum of people, the company is also dedicated to providing access to the creative process and expression to diverse people in a community.
The company is in its 28th year and, after two decades of operating as a traditional touring dance company, BMC is now structured as a "virtual company," with members living in various locations around the U.S. New work is developed over a period of years in long-term residencies that bring BMC dancers and project collaborators together for creative exploration, rehearsals, and community-based activities. BMC is pioneering the use of digital media as "process bulletins" for dancers and collaborators to effectively communicate in an ongoing "virtual residency." The public availability of this media is a means to share company process and technological explorations with the dance field, artists in other disciplines, and the public.
Bebe Miller Company has toured extensively throughout the United States and in eight countries. The company has been commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy Of Music NEXT WAVE Festival, City Center Theater, The Joyce Theater, Wexner Center for the Arts, Walker Art Center, Northrop Concerts and Lectures, On The Boards, Hancher Auditorium, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Theater Artaud, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, New England Presenters, Bates Dance Festival, Dance Place, Painted Bride Art Center, Creative Time, Dance Theater Workshop, Dancing in the Streets and The Danspace Project. All of this would not have been possible without the contributions of all of the dancers, collaborators, and board members who have been a part of the work for over twenty years. Miller was awarded the Doris Duke Artists Award in 2012 for her sustained achievement in the field of dance.
Bebe Miller, Choreographer/Director
Bebe Miller has been making dances for over 25 years and formed Bebe Miller Company in 1985. Known for a mix of virtuosic dancing and fundamental humanity, her choreography has been produced at major dance centers throughout the U.S. and abroad. In addition to her ongoing work with her ensemble, Miller has received commissions from Boston Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theater, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Philadanco, Phoenix Dance Company in Great Britain, and Johannesburg's PATH Dance Company, among other groups across the country and abroad. Collaboration being fundamental to her creative process, she has worked with numerous composers, visual artists, writers, filmmakers, and directors; she has received four Bessie Awards for choreography and direction, most recently for her collaboration with the eleven-member creative team in Landing/Place (2005). She has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and is a United States Artists Ford Fellow. Currently a Full Professor in Dance at The Ohio State University, she serves on the boards of Danspace Project and Bearnstow, and is a member of the International Artists Advisory Board of the Wexner Center for the Arts.
Angie Hauser, Dancer/Collaborator
Angie Hauser has been a dancer/collaborator with the Bebe Miller Company since 2000. She has contributed to BMC company works Verge, Landing/Place, and Necessary Beauty, receiving a 2006 BESSIE award for her work in Landing/Place. In addition to her work with BMC she is a dance maker, performer, and teacher who has been presented throughout North America and Europe. Hauser collaborates with many gifted artists and leaders in the field of dance improvisation including Andrew Harwood, K.J. Holmes, Darrell Jones, and Kathleen Hermesdorf. She has an ongoing collaboration with dance artist Chris Aiken creating evening length improvisation performances in collaboration with musicians and other dancers. The duo received NPN Commission grants in 2007 and 2011 for their works Dwell and Utopia Parkway. Recently she has taught and performed at Bates Dance Festival, Florida Dance Festival, Transformation Festival (Montreal), Earthdance (MA), TransContact Festival (Romania) and International Improvisation Festival (Germany) as well as other colleges and universities. Hauser has danced with the companies of Elizabeth Streb, Liz Lerman, and Poppo Shiriashi. She received her MFA in dance from the Ohio State University and holds a BA in Art History from University of South Carolina. She is an Assistant Professor at Smith College, Northampton, MA.
Cody Chen, Stage Manager
Cody Chen is a freelance stage manager currently based in New York City. He is grateful to collaborate with Miller and the company on the development of A History. Chen has worked internationally with companies such as TheatreWorks Singapore, Millbrook Playhouse, Line Storm Productions LLC, Armitage Gone! Dance, Trisha Brown Dance Company, Katherine Helen Fisher Dance, TAO Dance Theatre, Jinliansheng Gaojia Opera, Canum Entertainment, and Xiamen Media Group. Chen received an MFA in Stage Management from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.