Adults

Deepening Your Creative Work and Life_____

The Dance Foundation is proud to host conversation, exploration, and reflection with master dance artists in a series of workshops, supported, in part, by the Alabama State Council on the Arts and in collaboration with the Alabama Dance Council.

CELESTE MILLER METHOD:  

EMBODIED PROCESSES FOR UNCOVERING THE STORYLINES OF OUR LIVES

a workshop with Celeste Miller on ZOOM

SEPTEMBER 2 / 9AM-11AM CST

SPACE IS LIMITED; THEREFORE, WE ASK YOU TO BE COMMITTED TO THE DAY AND TIME BEFORE REGISTERING.

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WHAT TO EXPECT:

Celeste Miller is a dance-based artist sometimes known as the dance whisperer. We invite you to join us in an online, interactive workshop to use the skill and craft of our art forms to process what it means to be living in this unprecedented here and now.

Troubled times rock us to our core and toss us on the shore of the most essential questions –

Why dance?  Why dance now?  Why teach dance?  Why does it matter?

In this online workshop, you’ll be guided through an active, step by step, creative making process to unleash our deep connections to why we do what we do.Drawing from the power, skills and craft of our art forms, we will…

ACKNOWLEDGE what we are in the midst of and how it is profoundly impacting and changing our art-making and teaching practices. 

DISCOVER ways to connect to ourselves, our practice, our students, our audiences. 

INTEGRATE our discoveries into our current and future art making and teaching practices. 

Using the Celeste Miller method, a multifaceted process that layers reflective writing and drawing practices with body-based improvisation and creation designed for every body.  The work we will make with image, body and words are braided narratives and non-narratives.  The processes of the Celeste Miller method can be added to your own art-making toolbox or your teaching toolbox. Bring your creative imagination and let’s move

About Celeste Miller

I was born in New York City, and raised in Jersey, a bus and subway ride from Manhattan. This

proximity to the city allowed me to study at the schools of Alvin Ailey, The New Dance Group and Merce Cunningham; as well as with Latvian-born Stanislavski dancer Valentina Litvinof, and

dancer/activist Eleo Pomare. I finally landed at the place that was my best fit – with Murray Louis

and Alwin Nikolais, where I was fortunate to study under Phyllis Lamhut and Robert Small.

I am the product of the era I grew up in. I turned 16 in 1969. And as much joy as I found in dance, I was torn between whether I should be in the studio or on the streets protesting. I sought, and continue to seek, spaces where these intersect.

Moving to Atlanta in my early 20’s, I took over the lease on a small theatre, with an upstairs dance studio. Gathering together a collective of performer/dancers/musicians, we taught and performed in our space, as we also reached out into our neighborhood. This resulted in a partnership with the homeless shelter a few blocks down, and a Headstart program in the basement of a local church. Maynard Jackson ran for mayor, and served three terms. Jackson initiated a political revolution in the heart of the South. He transformed Atlanta into a mecca for blacks from across the country, set up affirmative-action programs for city workers, gave neighborhoods a voice in city planning, and developed strong local arts funding. During this time, I also began my involvement with Alternate ROOTS, a coalition of artists committed to social justice through art-making. I continue to gather

regularly with these artists for renewal and continual challenge as we practice what it means to make art that matters. My birth as an artist took place under these circumstances, and I will always call Atlanta my true home.

I have received numerous grants and awards including National Endowment for the Arts

Choreographers Fellowship, Atlanta Mayor’s Fellowship in the Arts, a nomination for the United

States Artist Fellowship, and others. I am humbled by these honors that recognize my work as a solo performer of text + movement, ensemble choreographer, and animator of community dance

projects; exploring the possibilities of dance as embodied expression of ideas and a laboratory to cultivate our capacity towards kindling our humanity.

My work has been presented in urban and rural settings, from theatres and museums, to rock clubs and grange halls. Support for community-based projects has come from the American Festival Project, the National Endowment for the Arts and local arts agencies. A National Performance Network Creation award currently supports a collaboration with Tijuana artists exploring borders as physical, emotional and spiritual sites.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance has been the home for the development of my methodologies since 1993. As director of the Dance & Community Partnerships Choreography Lab (1994-2010), co-founder of Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion®, (1994-present), and currently with a National Endowment for the Arts Creativity Connects grant to develop Medicine in Motion with local partners in the Berkshires medical community. Currently we are at work to launch The Curriculum in Motion® Institute, training a THINK/ACT/DO cohort of choreographers investigating how our work a dance-makers prepares us as essential civic and community partners in a Covid-19 and Beyond world.

I am an associate professor of dance at Grinnell College, with an MFA in Choreography from Hollins University. www.celestemiller.com