Competition: US & Canada
Andrea Miller is the founder, artistic director, and choreographer of New York–based company Gallim Dance. Through a plural body of work that explores the relationships of movement with other forms of expression including theater, visual arts, music, and politics, Miller has developed a recognizable artistic language of extreme physicality and unprejudiced emotionality. New York Magazine marvelled that “Her viscerally physical movement wrings every inch of life from her dancers—and you’ll be holding your breath, too.”
Miller is the recipient of multiple awards and honors, including Sadler’s Wells Jerwood Fellowships (2012 and 2013), Princess Grace Foundation Special Projects Awards (2012 and 2013), New York City Center Choreography Fellowship (2011–2012), Joyce Theater Artist in Residence (2011–2012), Youth America Grand Prix Award for Emerging Choreographers (2011), Wesleyan University’s Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Award (2011), Princess Grace Foundation Works in Progress Award (2010), Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch (2009), and Princess Grace Foundation Fellowship in Choreography (2009).
Miller’s work with Gallim Dance has been commissioned and performed nationally and internationally, including by Peak Performances at Montclair State University (New jersey), and Dancers’ Workshop—Jackson Hole. Gallim has performed worldwide in premier venues, including Guggenheim Works & Process, New York City Center, Joyce Theater, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, TANZ Bremen Festival in Germany, Madrid en Danza in Spain, and the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris. Commissioned works for Miller include In Medias Res (2012) for the Nederlands Dans Theater 2; Howl (2010) presented at the Royal Opera House of London by Ballet Bern; For Play (2012) for Ballet Bern; and choreography for Phantom Limb’s production 69° South for BAM’s Next Wave (2011). Two of her most critically acclaimed pieces, Blush (2009) and Wonderland (2010), were presented in 2013 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Théâtre National de Chaillot, respectively. Her commercial and art direction work includes an installation for Hermès, Paris, movement work for VOGUE Diaries, choreography for the film The Life and Death of Mick Rock with original music by The Flaming Lips, and an installation for Fabergé. Miller also served as Associate Artistic Director of Noord Nederlands Dans from 2010–2011.
Miller is devoted to dance education for dancers and non-dancers and has developed programs for Gallim Dance’s home studio in Brooklyn, as well as commissions for academic institutions such as Harvard University, the Juilliard School, Barnard College at Columbia University, New York University, University of Utah, Montclair State University, University of Michigan, Mount Hollyok, and Wesleyan University. She is a founding collaborator of Movement Invention Program and resident choreographer at Dancewave.
I take stories, relationships and questions, and throw them into muscles to see actions and reactions flood veins and faces. We run into walls, we dig our fingers into our skin, we become vulnerable. Choreographer, dancers and audiences dress up together, paint each other’s faces, defy and confront each other.
Profile phootograph by Peggy Jarrell Kaplan