Brooklyn-based Tiffany Mills Company and Ensemble Ipse join together to create three live music and dance-theater works featuring seven dancers and seven violists.
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Brooklyn-based Tiffany Mills Company and Ensemble Ipse join together to create three live music and dance-theater works featuring seven dancers and seven violists. The rich sensory landscape of bodies, text, violas, and electronic sounds entwine to weave a fabric of questions: who are we when we are unseen? What role do we have in shaping how we are seen by others? And what meaning should we make from our waking visions? The program includes two pieces directed by Tiffany Mills: a “Poem from Exile,” composed by Stephanie Griffin and inspired by Ovid’s account of his wife’s agony when he was exiled to the remote regions of the Roman Empire (now Romania) and “Doa Persembunyian - A Prayer for Refuge,” composed by Tony Prabowo for choir, arranged by Griffin, based on a poem by Goenawan Mohamad about a woman’s suffering in civil war-torn Romania. The trilogy is completed by “Vapor/Blood,” composed by Max Giteck Duykers, dramaturgy by Peter Petralia, with choreography by Mills, in collaboration with the Tiffany Mills Company. This newest work interrogates the power of sight in its many literal and metaphorical manifestations. Text generated by the dancers and inspired by their movements are woven into a multisensory performance that invites the audience to consider what it means to be seen for who you really are. These texts interact with a physical language rooted in the company’s main influences—partnering, improvisation, and somatic modalities—all forms that contribute to self-exploration, human vulnerability, and individuality. Duykers’ score features seven violists who perform alongside pre-recorded sounds that are given life through triggering and processing in the space—thereby connecting music to text to movement. Dance artists for the evening include: Tony Bordonaro, Ching-I Chang, AJ Guevara, Guanglei Hui, Tiffany Mills, Jordan Morley, and Emily Pope.
About Tiffany Mills Company
Tiffany Mills Company was founded by choreographer and artistic director Tiffany Mills in 2000. The company creates dance-theater work that centers on diverse human relationships, is grounded in partnering/improvisation, and is fueled by collaboration across mediums. The company collaborates with artists from various disciplines and backgrounds to viscerally, aesthetically, and intellectually stimulate a wide-ranging audience. The company’s recent evening-length works premiered in NYC at: LaMaMa, The Flea, and BAM Fisher. National highlights: PICA’s TBA Festival (OR), Wexner Center (OH), ENT Center (CO), Contemporary Dance Theater/NPN (OH), Jacob’s Pillow (MA), Dance Place (DC), and Austin Dance Festival (TX). NYC highlights: Guggenheim Museum/Works & Process, Duke on 42 Street, Symphony Space, Lincoln Center/Out-of-Doors, Dancing in the Streets, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Danspace Project City/Dans, Dance Theater Workshop, PS 122, Joyce SoHo, and Movement Research. International highlights: Russia, Italy, Mexico and Canada. Select residencies: Artpark (NY), NYU’s Tisch Summer Dance Festival (NY), National Center for Choreography (OH), CUNY Dance Initiative (NY), BAM/PDP, Baryshnikov Arts Center (NY), Jacob’s Pillow (MA), Joyce (NY), LMCC Swing Space (NY), Bogliasco/Jerome Robbins Foundation (Italy). Funding highlights: Harkness Foundation, NYC DCA, NYSCA, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, NET/TEN, O’Donnell Green Foundation, Doris Duke Foundation, Dance/NYC Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund, New Music USA, Mertz Gilmore Foundation.
About Ensemble Ipse
Ensemble Ipse is a 501(c)(3) contemporary music ensemble Co-Directed by Max Giteck Duykers and Joseph Di Ponio and dedicated to showcasing the wide variety of practices in the current new music scene. The ensemble presents concerts of recent music that transcends aesthetic categorization and strives to create a forum for composers and sound artists on the edges of the mainstream of contemporary music. With this in mind, Ensemble Ipse is committed to performing and commissioning the music of emerging composers, as well as composers who have been traditionally under-represented in the larger new music community, including women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+. Since forming in 2016, Ipse has premiered 44 works, 15 of them commissions, held numerous calls for scores for emerging composers, received support from the New York State Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, New Music USA, the Queens Council on the Arts, the Brooklyn Arts Council, Network of Ensemble Theaters, and the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, and released an album on New World Records in May, 2019.