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Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts and Dance Department present
Performances on Friday, February 8 & Saturday, February 9 to feature New England Premiere of the work "Mama Call"
"I Can See Myself In Your Pupil"
Middletown, Conn.—The 13th annual Breaking Ground Dance Series presented by Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts and Dance Department continues with the New England premiere of “Mama Call” (2011), a contemporary tale of border-crossing, and “Pupil Suite” (2010), set to the contagious music of Israeli band Balkan Beat Box, performed by Gallim Dance and choreographed by Artistic Director Andrea Miller (the 2011 recipient of Wesleyan’s Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Award) on Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 8pm in the CFA Theater, located at 271 Washington Terrace on the Wesleyan campus in Middletown.
There will be a pre-performance talk by dance scholar Debra Cash on Friday, February 8 at 7:30pm in CFA Hall, located at 287 Washington Terrace. Ms. Cash has been a Scholar in Residence at both the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and the Bates Dance Festival. Following 17 years as dance critic for The Boston Globe, she contributes regularly to ArtsFuse.org and The Phoenix.
The Nashville Scene has said of Gallim Dance: “Sexy, reckless and edgy as hell, this performance [is as] exciting as high art can get.” Andrea Miller took the Center for the Arts by storm when her company performed at DanceMasters Weekend in March 2011. Hailed for their quick wit, technical virtuosity, and visceral movement style, Ms. Miller’s works embody fearless physicality. At the same time, her choreography is grounded by deep humanity, and is expressed through the madness and joy of the imagination. Please see below for more information about Andrea Miller and Gallim Dance.
The performances by Gallim Dance at Wesleyan University are presented by the Dance Department and the Center for the Arts, made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and co-sponsored by the Jewish and Israel Studies Program and the Rosenberg Family Fund for Jewish Student Life.
Admission for the performances by Gallim Dance is $25 for the general public; $20 for senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff, and non-Wesleyan students; and $6 for Wesleyan students. Tickets are currently available online at http://www.wesleyan.edu/boxoffice; by phone at (860) 685-3355; or in person at the Wesleyan University Box Office, located in the Usdan University Center, 45 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown. Tickets may also be purchased at the door beginning one hour prior to the performance, subject to availability. The Center for the Arts accepts cash, checks written to “Wesleyan University,” and all major credit cards. Groups of ten or more may receive a discount – please call (860) 685-3355 for details. No refunds, cancellations, or exchanges. Programs, artists and dates are subject to change without notice.
About Andrea Miller
As Artistic Director and choreographer of Gallim Dance, Andrea Miller has in six years developed an internationally acclaimed company hailed by The New York Times as “excellent [and] inventive,” and by the New York Press for its “delicious strangeness, fierce aggression, and raw beauty.”
Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Ms. Miller was raised in Branford, Connecticut and attended the Foote School in New Haven as well as Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford. Ms. Miller trained as a student and performer of Doris Humphrey’s works and solos, under the direction of Ernestine Stodelle and Gail Corbin. She went on to attend the Juilliard School, where she received her B.F.A. in Dance in 2004. After graduation, Ms. Miller left for Israel to join Ohad Naharin’s Batsheva Ensemble, where she originated roles in Naharin’s "George & Zalman" and resident choreographer Sharon Eyal’s "Part II."
In 2007, Ms. Miller returned to New York City and established Gallim Dance. Ms. Miller's highly sought-after works have been commissioned throughout the world. This year, Ms. Miller will be creating a new work on Gallim Dance titled "Fold Here," which will preview at Guggenheim Works & Process and premiere at Montclair’s Peak Performances Series in September 2013. Recent past commissions include "In Media Res," a piece for Nederlands Dans Theater 2 that premiered at Lucent Danstheater in Den Haag; "Howl" and "For Play," pieces for Bern:Ballet that were presented at the Royal Opera House in London; and "69° South," choreography for Phantom Limb that premiered at BAM Next Wave. From 2009 to 2011, Ms. Miller served as associate choreographer of Noord Nederlandse Dans, creating two new works for the company.
Ms. Miller is a founding collaborator of the Movement Invention Program, with Jill Johnson and Alexandra Wells; now in its fourth year, the program is dedicated to teaching improvisation. Ms. Miller is also resident choreographer at Dancewave, a pre-professional dance program based in Brooklyn, and she teaches master classes, workshops, and sets work on many conservatories and universities across the world.
In April 2011, Ms. Miller was featured on the cover of Dance Magazine as a “wild child” of movement invention, and her honors and awards include a Princess Grace Foundation Special Projects Award (2012-2013), New York City Center Choreography Fellowship (2011-2012), Youth America Grand Prix Award for Emerging Choreographers (2011), Princess Grace Foundation Works in Progress Award (2010), Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch (2009), and Princess Grace Foundation Fellowship in Choreography (2009).
About Gallim Dance
Founded in 2007, Gallim Dance is a New York-based contemporary dance company dedicated to creating and performing original work by Andrea Miller, nurturing the careers of young artists, and stimulating the imagination of a diverse international audience.
Gallim Dance quickly caught the attention of the dance community with its resonant imagery and award-winning ensemble of dancers. Ms. Miller’s work has been acclaimed by The New York Times as “voluptuously polyglot choreography,” and by Dance Europe as being performed by an ensemble of dancers “of the highest calibre." In 2012, the company was honored for "movement innovation" at a TEDx conference. Gallim Dance performs for over 15,000 audience members annually in premier venues that include New York City Center, the Joyce Theater, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Spoleto Festival, White Bird, the TANZ Bremen Festival in Germany, and Madrid en Danza in Spain.
Artistic highlights in 2013 include a new commission from Montclair State University’s Peak Performances Series for the creation of a new work titled "Fold Here". "Fold Here" will preview at Guggenheim Works & Process in September, and premiere at Peak Performances Series later that month. Additional support for the creation process has been provided by Sadler’s Wells and by Dancer’s Workshop in Jackson Hole. Gallim Dance will also make its Brooklyn Academy of Music debut in May 2013, with six performances of "Blush" in the inaugural season of the BAM Fisher Theater. International tours will include performances at the Theatre National de Chaillot in Paris, France; the Festspiele Ludwigshafen in Ludwigshafen, Germany; and the Festival Tanztage in Linz, Austria.
In January 2012, Gallim Dance established its new permanent home in a historical landmark building in Brooklyn, New York, where it hosts year-round education and performance programs. Gallim Dance’s education branch serves both dancers and non-dancers through weekly classes, specialized movement workshops, artist residencies, and monthly performing arts series. Gallim Dance also mentors students of the Brooklyn-based Dancewave School, who performed Gallim Dance repertory at Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out in August, and were featured in The New York Times.
In its 2012 season, Gallim Dance was a recipient of the New York City Center Choreography Fellowship, the Joyce Theater Foundation Residency Program, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music Professional Development Program. Gallim Dance also received meaningful support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, First Republic Bank, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation, the Princess Grace Foundation-USA, the Foundation for Contemporary Art, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, USArtists International, the Jerome Foundation, and the Tupperware Corporation.
For more information about Gallim Dance, please visit http://www.gallimdance.com.
About the Breaking Ground Dance Series
The Breaking Ground Dance Series at the Center for the Arts features cutting-edge choreography, world-renowned companies, and companies pushing the boundaries of the art form, and is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts is the only dance presenter in Connecticut to receive support from the National Endowment for the Arts dance program.
Past companies from the U.S. and abroad that have been featured on the Breaking Ground Dance Series include Bebe Miller Company, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Brian Brooks Moving Company, Cathy Weis Projects, Chunky Move, Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Compagnie TcheTche, Compagnie Vincent Mantsoe, Dance—The Spirit of Cambodia, David Dorfman & Dan Froot, David Dorfman Dance, Delfos Contemporary Dance, Doug Varone & Dancers, Jane Comfort & Company, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar & Nora Chipaumire, Joe Goode Performance Group, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Mark Haim & Bill Shannon/Crutchmaster, Morgan Thorson & Company, Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group, Rennie Harris Puremovement, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, Rubberbandance, Sean Curran & Company, Stephen Petronio Dance Group, STREB, Susan Marshall & Company, Tere O’Connor Dance, Trisha Brown Dance Company, Urban Bush Women & Compagnie Jant-Bi, Viver Brasil, and ZviDance.
About the Performing Arts Series
The Performing Arts Series at the Center for the Arts features a wide array of world-class musicians, cutting-edge choreography, and groundbreaking theater performances and discussions. This season's performances include the New England premiere of Music at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello (February 1, 2013); the 14th annual DanceMasters Weekend Showcase Performance (March 9, 2013); and Hugh Masekela (April 19, 2013). For more information, please visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.
Save 15% when you buy tickets to four or more Performing Arts Series events. Call or visit the Wesleyan University Box Office at (860) 685-3355 to take advantage of this discount.
About the Dance Department
The Dance Department at Wesleyan is a contemporary program with a global perspective. The curriculum, faculty research and pedagogy all center on the relationships between theory and practice, embodied learning, and the potential dance making has to be a catalyst for social change. Within that rigorous context, students encounter a diversity of approaches to making, practicing and analyzing dance in an intimate learning atmosphere. The program embraces classical forms from Ballet, Bharata Natyam, Javanese, and Ghanaian, to experimental practices that fuse tradition and experimentation into new, contemporary forms.
For more information about the Dance Department, please visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/dance.
About the Center for the Arts
Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts is an eleven-building complex on the Wesleyan campus that houses the departments of Art and Art History, Dance, Film Studies, Music, and Theater. Opened in 1973, the CFA serves as a cultural center for the region, the state and New England. The Center includes the 400-seat Theater, the 260-seat Hall, the World Music Hall (a non-Western performance space), the 414-seat Crowell Concert Hall and the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery.
Crowell Concert Hall and the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery. The Center for the Arts gratefully acknowledges the support of its many generous funders and collaborators, including the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Middletown Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development’s Office of the Arts, as well as media sponsors the Hartford and New Haven Advocates, ShorePublishing, WESU 88.1FM, and WNPR.
For more information about Center for the Arts, please call (860) 685-3355, or visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.
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