Andrea Miller’s Blush expands the sudden moment of blushing into a sixty-minute flood. Dense with emotional rawness and physical exertion, this intimate work chases one of the most elusive human expressions – the blush – through the stress and raptures as it melts to the edges of the skin. Set in a boxing ring-like arena, Blush unravels to the music of Mannyfingers, Andrej Przybytkowski, Chopin, Kap Bambino, Arvo Part and Wolf Parade. Since its 2009 premiere, Blush has toured nationally and internationally to the highest critical acclaim, and received the 2011 National Dance Project Touring Award.
“Gallim Dance brought the goods last night… but it wasn’t simply the fact that Miller’s work is a suspenseful evolution of highs, lows, peaks and valleys; it was also that the dancers look like they’re having a blast dancing it.”
– October 28, 2011
“The impact…is so powerful — and the dancers perform so urgently, so intently about things so essential to our being — that it’s hard to leave the show without feeling changed.”
Gallim’s presentation of Blush at BAM was made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; and members of Gallim’s Producers Circle. Gallim Dance was a recipient of the 2012-13 BAM Professional Development Program. Gallim’s tour of Blush to Madrid en Danza in Spain was generously supported by the the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.
Choreography: Andrea Miller
Running Time: 60 minutes, no intermission
Premiere: 2009 , Joyce SoHo. Redeveloped: 2009, Jacob’s Pillow.
Lighting Design: Vincent Vigilante
Costume Design: Jose Solis
Music: Mannyfingers, Andrej Przybytkowski, Chopin, Kap Bambino, Arvo Part, Wolf Parade