Gallim Dance is partnering with lead commissioner Montclair State University Peak Performances Series and co-commissioner Dancers Workshop Jackson Hole on the creation and premiere of Andrea Miller’s new work, Fold Here. In collaboration with Israeli video artist Tal Rosner, and American lighting designer Robert Wierzel, Fold Here unfolds in an implausible universe filled with empty cardboard boxes as the basic units of all existing matter. In pursuit of the boxes’ elusive essence, the performers explore the physical, sensorial and spiritual properties of human beings—as parallel contents and containers of existence. Miller’s Fold Here was initially inspired by Raymond Carver’s short story Cathedral, in which a sighted man’s hand is guided by a blind man’s heart in drawing a cathedral.
Raymond Carver’s short story Cathedral “opened up questions that I feel when I’m making work: Can you tell what something is? How do you learn about what it is? How has the artist chosen to communicate what it is?”
“Try cadging a ride to see Andrea Miller’s Fold Here, inspired by a Raymond Carver short story and danced on a stage eerily full of cardboard boxes. Her viscerally physical movement wrings every inch of life from her dancers-and you’ll be holding your breath, too.”
“Andrea Miller is known for creating work that blends wild-child dynamism with quiet emotional resonance. Expect both in full force in Fold Here, the most complex piece to date for her six-year-old company, Gallim Dance.”
“Ms. Miller is one of a handful of rising-star choreographers who, dance experts say, are shaping this generation of the art form while trying to provide a more stable environment for the community at large.”
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Fold Here is commissioned by Peak Performances at Montclair State University (NJ) and co-commissioned by Dancers’ Workshop Jackson Hole and the Gallim Dance Commissioners Circle. Music for Fold Here is commissioned by the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation. Gallim Dance thanks First Republic Bank, Lead Sponsor of Fold Here, including performances at Guggenheim Works & Process. Additional funding support has been generously provided by the Princess Grace Foundation – USA, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, and the Puffin Foundation. Research for Fold Here was supported by the Jerwood Studio at Sadler’s Wells | London’s Dance House.
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Running Time: Approx 60 min.
Choreography: Andrea Miller, in creative collaboration with the members of Gallim Dance
Performed by: Francesca Romo, Caroline Fermin, Allysen Hooks, Daniel Staaf, Emily Terndrup, Austin Tyson, Dan Walczak, Eric Berey, and Matthew Perez
Projection and Video Design: Tal Rosner
Lighting Design: Robert Wierzel
Associate Lighting Design: Amith Chandrashaker
Set Concept: Jon Bausor
Production Manager: Valerie Oliveiro
Original Music and Sound Design: Andrzej (Andrew) Przybytkowski
Costume Design: Jenny Lai
Dramaturge: Alejandro Rodriguez
Rehearsal Directors: Ana Maria Lucaciu and Alejandro Rodriguez