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Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts presents Bebe Miller Company: "History", November 18 and 19

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - Saturday, November 19, 2011

Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts presents Bebe Miller Company: "History", November 18 and 19

Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts presents
Bebe Miller Company: History
Friday, November 18 & Saturday, November 19
Middletown, Conn.— Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts presents Bebe Miller Company: History as part of the Performing Arts Series on Friday, November 18 at 8pm, and Saturday, November 19 at 2pm and 8pm, in the Patricelli ’92 Theater located at 213 High Street on the Wesleyan campus in Middletown.
Director Bebe Miller has experimented with new ways of revealing her choreographic process since forming her company in 1985, creating works that draw the audience into a layered world that is all-encompassing. The New Yorker has stated that “as a choreographer, Miller is both electric and soulful.” History is a collaborative project with playwriter/director Talvin Wilks, video artist Lily Skove, and company dancers Angie Hauser and Darrell Jones, coupled with multimedia projections and an installation by Maya Ciarrocchi.

Ms. Hauser and Mr. Jones began dancing together in the piece Verge (2001), which received its Connecticut premiere by the Bebe Miller Company at the Center for the Arts that September. Ms. Hauser and Mr. Jones also danced together in the works Landing/Place (2005) and Necessary Beauty (2008). A work in progress, History will premiere in September 2012 at the Wexner Center for the Arts, in Columbus, Ohio.

These performances of History are presented by Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts and Dance Department, and are made possible by a grant from the Center for Creative Research and the National Endowment for the Arts.

There will be a pre-performance talk with dance scholar Debra Cash on Friday, November 18 at 7:15pm in Memorial Chapel, located at 221 High Street. Ms. Cash is a Scholar in Residence at both the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and the Bates Dance Festival. She was the dance critic for the Boston Globe for seventeen years.
Tickets for these performances are $23 for the general public; $19 for senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff, and non-Wesleyan students; and $6 for Wesleyan students. Tickets are available online at, 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.
About Bebe Miller Company
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.  Ms. 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, Ms. 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.
After nearly two decades of operating as a traditional touring dance company, the company 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 the dancers and project collaborators together for creative exploration, rehearsals, and community-based activities.  The company is pioneering the use of digital media and 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 abroad.  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.
About the Performing Arts Series
The Performing Arts Series at the Center for the Arts brings a wide array of world-class musicians, cutting-edge choreography, and groundbreaking theater performances and discussions to Wesleyan University. This season's performances include Joshua Roman (November 18, 2011), Lionel Loueke Trio (February 25, 2012), the Connecticut premiere of Chunky Move: Connected (March 30 & 31, 2012), and Fernando Otero Quartet (April 14, 2012). For more information, please visit
Save 10% when you buy tickets to four or more Performing Arts Series events. Save 15% when you buy tickets to six or more PerformingArts Series events. Call or visit the Wesleyan University Box Office at (860) 685-3355 to take advantage of these discounts.

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