what does it mean to be a woman? what does it mean to be a woman in America?
how do we create an alternative geography that follows the existing map but develops from a logic other than the dominant logic of the nation state?
Beginning in 2018, Betsy Miller takes on a new ambitious national choreography project.
The first phase of the american / woman project includes collaborations with New England dance artists Shura Baryshnikov (RI), Ali Kenner Brodsky (MA), Alexandra James (ME), Kellie Ann Lynch (CT), Jesse Jeanne Stinnett (NH), and Lida Winfield (VT).
Rehearsal footage, notes, and other artifacts from the collaborative processes will be shared below as they emerge:
What drives you as an artist? Why do you dance/make dance? (click here for audio version)
L: Sometimes I think I have a really clear answer to that, and sometimes I don’t. What I return to is a couple of parts… One, I think that we have wisdom and knowledge that is not linear and that is not exclusively in our brains, so I think there’s knowledge deep inside me and deep inside you and deep inside us that we can only access through our physicality.
So that’s one. The other is: I actually do not care about dance at all.
I think…obviously I do… right, like I care about dance, I’ve dedicated my life to it, but… dance is just the tool that I happen to know to do something bigger. And, so it it’s a vehicle to care deeply about the world and our humanity, and courage and fear, sadness, joy, bravery, community, connection, and I only know how to do that through dance. So that’s what I’m trying to do.
What drives you as an artist? Why do you dance/make dance?
A: “i feel compelled to make work. i have this need to be making-to be expressing. when i am in the studio creating i feel calm…it is where things make sense for me. i have always had a difficult time expressing myself with words. i use dance and creating dance to get out what’s inside.”
What are some things that make for a good/positive/enjoyable/fulfilling creative process for you?
A: “making work with people that understand me….where we leave our egos at the door. where we have fun and are able to bounce ideas off of the other to make something better…to push the process forward. …a process where no one has to be top chicken!”
american / woman is funded in part by New England Foundation for the Arts’ New England Dance Fund, with generous support from the Aliad Fund at the Boston Foundation.