BMCA 2021: Bebe Miller Preconference Workshop
June 22, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - June 23, 2021 @ 12:00 am EDT
It’s Simple, Really: Movement, Awareness and Dancing with Your Eyes Open
with Bebe Miller (http://bebemillercompany.org)
Registration opens autumn 2021.
This workshop aims to help us locate ourselves in our current times through movement. How we move is how our body speaks: person to person, thoughtful practice to intuitive response, spontaneous action to focused consideration. We’ll investigate the dynamic potential of gestures in motion, how our dancing is activated by our memory including the choices made in the present moment. We’ll explore how our dance-making responds to others and to our singular imaginations, building on tools and practices that support a safe, dynamic workspace. We’ll expand our unique range of artful, mindful motion in step with a roomful of partnerships.
We’ll begin each three-hour session with a somatics-based warm up that tunes the body’s physical and expressive scale. We’ll continue with improvisation and other movement scores, working with full-bodied attention to detail, a range of dynamics and drive, finding the dance that’s ready to go.
Bebe Miller, a native New Yorker, first performed her choreography at Dance Theater Workshop NYC in 1978. She formed Bebe Miller Company in 1985 to pursue her interest in finding a physical language for the human condition. She has collaborated with artists, composers, writers and designers along with the dancers who share her studio practice and from whom she has learned what dancing can reveal. Her work has been performed in Europe, South America, Asia and Africa and nationally at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, REDCAT in Los Angeles and the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH. Her choreography has been performed by Kyle Abraham’s A.I.M. (Abraham In Motion), Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Oregon Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet, Philadanco, Salt Lake City’s Repertory Dance Theater, the UK’s Phoenix Dance Company and a host of colleges and universities. A 2012 Doris Duke Artist Award recipient, she also has received four New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” awards, and in 2015 was a Movement Research Gala honoree. Over the last decade Bebe Miller Company has been involved in a variety of digital archive projects referencing the company’s creative practice in order to share the choreographic process with audiences and artists. A United States Artists Ford Fellow, Bebe was a Professor in The Ohio State University’s Department of Dance from 2000 through 2016, and has received honorary doctorates from Ursinus College and Franklin & Marshall College. She lives in Columbus, Ohio. Her latest ebook, How Dancing Is Built: The Making of In A Rhythm, is available online.
See conference info here: https://bmcassociation.org/conferences/
Main conference facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/860397051043805/