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A History can be viewed as both the evidence and performance of the creative conversation embedded in the last decade of Bebe Miller Company’s work. Viewed through the lens of a partnership, veteran Bebe Miller Company dancers Angie Hauser and Darrell Jones appear live and virtually to create a dynamic theater based performance and archaeological inquiry. Under Miller’s direction, their nuanced dancing relationship is an opportunity to look at the way past ideas and experiences lead us forward.
April 12 Stay Late Discussion: Letter to the Artist with Eva Yaa Asantewaa (Dance Writer, Critic for Dance Magazine & InfiniteBody). Bebe Miller responds to a letter written to her by Eva Yaa Asantewaa about A History.
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 celebrated its 20th year in 2005 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—DVDs, CD-Roms, website—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 Auditorium, 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.
Bebe Miller Company’s A History was commissioned by the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University through its Wexner Center Residency Award program and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. A History was also developed with support from Wesleyan University’s Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance.
The creation of A History was made possible with support from The Ohio State University’s College of Arts and Humanities Grants for Research and Creative Activity, the Department of Dance, and the Department of Women’s Studies and their Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Grant program. Additional support was provided by the Dance Heritage Coalition through the OSU Libraries’ Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute.
The creation and presentation of A History was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the MetLife Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Additional support for Bebe Miller Company has been provided by the Multi-Arts Production Fund, a program of Creative Capital Foundation supported by The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Bebe Miller Company and A History are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. The work’s development was co-produced for Motion Bank’s TWO Project by The Forsythe Company, Ohio State’s Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design and Department of Dance. Motion Bank is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the Hessian Ministry for Science and the Arts, the Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain and Ms. Susanne Klatten.
Funding was also provided through the United States Artists’ USA Projects donation program.
Jessica Lynne and DéLana R.A. Dameron reflect on ways they make a home, creatively, wherever they are.