This cross-disciplinary dance company shares its imaginative work with communities in Colombia and Peru, fostering dialogue around the human condition and exploring the subtext that our bodies reveal.
The mission of Bebe Miller Company (BMC) is to support the artistic vision of choreographer Bebe Miller in creative, cross-disciplinary explorations, and to create and perform new works. Seeking to expand the language of dance, Miller’s work encompasses choreography, writing, film, video, and digital media. Miller has created more than 50 dance works for BMC, performed in nearly 400 engagements worldwide. BMC has been commissioned and presented by leading venues including Brooklyn Academy of Music, 651 ARTS, Dance Theater Workshop, Jacob's Pillow, Joyce Theater, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, REDCAT, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Wexner Center for the Arts, and Phoenix Dance Company (UK), among others. The company has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Performance Network, New England Foundation for the Arts, and other generous funders. BMC creates new works during intensive residencies that bring national collaborating artists together over several years for exploration, rehearsals, and community activities. Pioneering the use of digital media for artists to communicate within the virtual community, the company facilitates a sharing of its process with a wide audience.
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Bebe Miller, a native New Yorker, first performed her choreography at NYC’s Dance Theater Workshop in 1978, after receiving her MA in Dance from The Ohio State University in 1975. She formed Bebe Miller Company in 1985. Known for its mix of virtuosic dancing and fundamental humanity, her choreography has been produced at major dance centers across the country and internationally in Europe and on the African continent. She has been honored with four Bessie Awards, fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, and the Guggenheim Foundation, and was named a United States Artists Ford Fellow in 2010. A Professor in Dance at The Ohio State University (OSU) from 2000–2016, Miller was a Distinguished Professor in OSU’s College of Arts and Humanities and received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Ursinus College in 2009. She was honored at the Kennedy Center as a Master of African-American Choreography in 2005. In 2012 Miller was designated as one of the inaugural class of Doris Duke Artists, a program of the Doris Duke Foundation’s Performing Artist Awards. Most recently, she was a Movement Research 2015 Gala honoree along with Tere O’Connor and Moira Brennan. Miller currently lives in Columbus, Ohio.
Photo: Derek Fowles