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FOLD HERE
SIT, KNEEL, STAND
For Glenn Gould
Wonderland
Synched
Blush
Pupil
Mama Call
Dust
Snow

 

 

 

 

 

NEW WORLD PREMIERE – 2015
Screen Shot 2014-01-21 at 6.53.35 PM Andrea Miller will create an evening-length work for the seven company dancers of Gallim Dance, inspired by a selection of early baroque music. For the world premiere and at touring venues where possible, the piece will be performed to live music. The new work will showcase Gallim’s core gifts of virtuosic physicality and musicality. Miller envisions a transformation of the visual stage environment accomplished by the use of color. In particular, she imagines lavender and pastel hues, creating a “Rothko effect” of light, fresh pastel colors that serve as the backdrop for the performance.
LINCOLN CENTER ATRIUM COMMISSION: SITE-SPECIFIC WORLD PREMIERE – OCT. 2014
6 Andrea Miller and the dancers of Gallim dance will create a site-specific live dance and projection installation for Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium, a vibrant public performance and community gathering space. For each of Miller’s choreographic works, she creates an original movement vocabulary in order to construct a specific and enveloping world. Miller views the creation of an immersive installation piece as the next artistic challenge for herself and the company.The Atrium is a long and narrow space; audience members will be encouraged to walk around the Atrium and view the dancers from many different perspectives. Real-time projections of the performance displayed on the Atrium’s media wall will offer yet another perspective on the dancers’ movement.To allow for the fullest exploration of the choreography, Miller intends to choreograph the 60-minute performance as three 20-minute suites, performed in direct succession by three different casts (one all women, one all men, and one mixed). Miller’s concept for the set includes multiple walls or flats that challenge the audience’s ability to see the whole work. Miller is often inspired by the visual art world during her creation process; John Baldessari, an artist whose photographic images feature bright circles covering his subjects’ faces and joints, was an inspiration point for the set. Throughout the evening of performance, audience members may consider how their experience of the piece differs from others’, and how a viewer understands ‘the whole work’ when he or she can only see a part.
FOLD HERE
fold-here-tom-caravaglia Gallim Dance partnered 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.
PREVIEW: Sept. 22-23, 2013, Guggenheim Works & ProcessWORLD PREMIERE: Sept. 26-29, 2013, Montclair University Peak Performances

Choreography: Andrea Miller in collaboration with the Gallim dancers

Running Time: Approx. 60 min.
Lighting Design: Robert Wierzel
Film and Graphics: Tal Rosner

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Watch part I of the work in progress

Watch part II of the work in progress

MORE INFO
SIT, KNEEL, STAND
IMG_4720 SIT, KNEEL, STAND premiered at the Joyce Theater on June 2012. Inspired by the myth of Sisyphus and set to an original music composition by Jerome Begin and Christopher Lancaster, SIT, KNEEL, STAND is an evening-length work that explores the mix of absurdity and joy in the restless efforts of our shared human experience.
Running Time: 60 minutes
Dancers: 7
Premiere: June 8-10, 2012
Choreography: Andrea Miller in collaboration with Mario Bermudez Gil, Caroline Fermin, Troy Ogilvie, Francesca Romo, Dan Walczak, Jonathan Windham, Arika Yamada
Lighting Design: Ashley Vellano and Vincent Vigilante
Music: Original Composition by Jerome Begin and Christopher Lancaster
FOR GLENN GOULD
IMG_4720 For Glenn Gould is inspired by two radically contrasting recordings that Glenn Gould made of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. The 1964 recording is virtuosic and full of embellishments, while the 1981 recording is more introspective, edited, devoid of poetic interpretation, and feels as though Bach himself is absent. Drawing on the distinctions between the two recordings, Miller’s work is a portrait of an artist in transition and an exploration of the contrasting creative processes. Learn more about the piece on the For Glenn Gould page!
Running Time: 30 minutes
Dancers: 6
Premiere: 2011
Choreography: Andrea Miller
Lighting Design: Vincent Vigilante
Costume Design: Jose Solis
Music: Strauss, Black Dice, Alva Noto, Bach
WONDERLAND
Gallim Dance in "Wonderland" at The Joyce Theater, photo by Hilary Johnson Wonderland investigates pack mentality as an inherent and potentially dangerous element of human instinct. The work was initially inspired by Chinese-born artist Cai Guo-Qiang’s installation Head On, which depicts 99 wolves charging into a glass wall. Four archetypal characters evolve in a universe influenced by the imagery of the American atomic age. Behind the smiles of an Esther Williams dream world, Wonderland reveals psychological and physical episodes of a herd acting as a unit through the uncoordinated behavior of self-serving individuals. Although pack mentality is a natural and ongoing strategy in the animal kingdom, among humans it can indicate a vicious, desensitized brutality and disregard for humanity – a concept that is at the core of Wonderland. Learn more about the piece on the Wonderland page!
Running Time: 60 minutes
, no intermission
Dancers: 8
Premiere: 2010, The Joyce Theater (Reworked in 2011)
Choreography: Andrea Miller
Lighting Design: Vincent Vigilante
Original Costume Design: Jose Solis
Updated Costume and Set Design: Jon Bausor
Sound Designers: Jakub Kiupinski & Cristina Spinei of Blind Ear Music
Music: Orchestra Barzizza, Chopin, Black Dice, Tim Hecker, Michel Bokanowski, Joanna Newsom, Sebastien Agneessens and Kyle Fische Remix courtesy of the Alan Lomax Foundation
SYNCHED
beyond_the_machine_01 Weaving together the worlds of computer programming and music technology, along with the element of decision making by the performers, Synched connects dancers and musicians with wireless technology as they interpret, deconstruct, manipulate, and reinvent the music of Chopin. On-site composer Jakub Ciupinski uses looped, short musical phrases inspired by works from Chopin.
Running Time: 15 minutes
Dancers: 2
Premiere: 2010
Choreography: Andrea Miller
Costume Design: Andrea Miller
Music: Jakub Ciupinski
BLUSH
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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.
Running Time: 60 minutes, no intermission
Dancers: 6
Premiere: 2009
, Joyce SoHo. Redeveloped: 2009, Jacob’s Pillow.
Choreography: Andrea Miller
Lighting Design: Vincent Vigilante
Costume Design: Jose Solis
Music: Mannyfingers, Andrej Przybytkowski, Chopin, Kap Bambino, Arvo Part, Wolf Parade
I CAN SEE MYSELF IN YOUR PUPIL
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I Can See Myself in Your Pupil is an exhilarating suite of dances set to a highly contagious score of music from Israel, Mexico, Australia, Italy, and Denmark. With a cast of seven dancers wearing a rotation of colorful costumes, Pupil follows the development of two cells through the organization and chaos of evolution. Based in wildly quirky and demanding movement, vignettes shift through the possibility of intimacy, the formation of humor, the danger of fear, the madness of imagination, and the joy of movement.
Running Time: 60 minutes with a 10 minute pause (can be arranged for various durations from 15-60 minutes)
Dancers: 7-8
Premiere: 2008, Joyce SoHo
Choreography: Andrea Miller
Lighting Design: Vincent Vigilante
Costume Design: Andrea Miller, Idan Yoav
, Arika Yamada
Music: Pimmon, Alva Noto, Chopin, Jordi Savall, Beirut, Arvo Part, Balkan Beat Box, Bellini
PUPIL SUITE
pupil-suite Pupil Suite is an exhilarating selection of wildly quirky excerpts from Miller’s crowd-pleasing work I Can See Myself In Your Pupil. Performed to the contagious music of Israeli band Balkan Beat Box, the dance is a joyous romp that plays with the madness of imagination and the ecstasy of movement.
Running Time: 8-25 minutes
Dancers: 6-8
Premiere: Fall for Dance 2010
Choreography: Andrea Miller
Lighting Design: Vincent Vigilante
Costume Design: Andrea Miller, Idan Yoav
, Arika Yamada
Music: Balkan Beat Box, Bellini
MAMA CALL
mama-call Mama Call has its roots in Andrea Miller’s Sephardic-American heritage. The work explores ideas of displacement and alienation as it affected Spanish Jews during the centuries surrounding the Inquisition. Miller adapts the Sephardic story into a contemporary and more universal tale of border-crossing. Mama Call investigates the idea of how those who have been displaced rescue the idea of “home.”
Running Time: 30 minutes (can be arranged for durations of 15-45 minutes)
Dancers: 8
Premiere: 2011, The JCC in Manhattan
Choreography: Andrea Miller
Lighting Design: Ashley Vellano
Music: A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Beirut, Arvo Part, Tony Gatlif, Agrupacion Musical Cristus Vincit
DUST
gallim_dance_franziska_strauss_07 Dust is a duet for two men that confronts loss and the vain attempt to thwart mortality. Excerpted from Blush. 
Running Time: 12 minutes
Dancers: 2
Premiere: 2009
Choreography: Andrea Miller
Costume Design: Jose Solis
Lighting Design: Vincent Vigilante
Music: Arvo Part
SNOW
snow_rep Snow captures a woman’s capacity to be simultaneously fearless and to be broken, to shift between heroism and hopelessness. The dance is partially inspired by Orhan Pamuk’s novel, Snow.
Running Time: 10 minutes
Dancers: 4
Premiere: 2007
Choreography: Andrea Miller
Costume Design: Andrea Miller
Music: Tony Gatlif