The 2017-18 MetLiveArts Artist in Residence, the groundbreaking choreographer and artistic director Andrea Miller of GALLIM, closes her year-long residency with six days of a performative installation in the three gallery spaces of The Met Breuer. In collaboration with award-winning filmmaker Ben Stamper, composer Will Epstein, and fashion designer Jose Solis, GALLIM’s dancers take over the Museum’s fifth floor in the world premiere of (C)arbon
, a work on the phenomenon of the body. Each of the three gallery spaces is dedicated to a distinct perspective on the anthropology of the body—as individuals, in dual relationships and in the social mass. ((C)arbon
can be experienced alongside the exhibition, Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body at The Met Breuer.
Known for a radical use of the whole body —even fingertips, chins and guts— as a device of expression, Miller’s movement language is physically powerful, emotionally vulnerable, raw and deeply grounded in human experience and uncertainties. “I am fascinated by the phenomenon of the human body and its mostly elusive and invisible engines: its biology, its chemistry, its emotions, its history, its culture and its inhabiting will and spirits,” explains Miller. (C)arbon
is rooted in the belief that the human body contains and retains individual and collective experiences and existential trajectories, beyond the arrangement of anatomical parts. Some of the most universal of human contingencies are woven into (C)arbon
through movement, video, sound design: “I hope to both unsettle and relieve our concerns of the human body and it’s quotidian and epic journey and potential”.
Marking Miller’s first durational work for a museum, (C)arbon
rotates six of her tenacious dancers in the three galleries over six days. Audiences can get a behind-the-scenes look at Miller’s creative process during open rehearsals, held May 8-13, 15-17 during Museum hours.
Miller is the first choreographer to be named Artist in Residence at The Met. Throughout her yearlong exploration of the collection and galleries, the Museum commissioned new works by this daring choreographer as well as offered visitors and audiences the chance to see into her creative process through open rehearsals during Museum hours and workshops. Her Stone Skipping, the first-ever site-specific dance work created for The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing, was described by The New York Times as "excellent, inventive, impressive”. Stone Skipping was also named 2017 Best Choreography by Wendy Perron of Dance Magazine who cited it as being “ancient and ultra modern at once.”What: World premiere of (C)arbon by MetLiveArts Artist in Residence Andrea Miller, conceived in collaboration with Ben Stamper and performed by GALLIM.
Composer Will Epstein, fashion designer Jose Solis.
When: Friday-Sunday, May 18-20, Tuesday-Thursday May 22-24, 2018 (Within Museum Hours: Tue-Thu + Sun 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.)
Where: The Met Breuer, 5th Floor, 945 Madison Avenue, New York, NY, Train: 6 to 77th/Lexington Avenue
Tickets: Free with Museum Admission. For more information, please visit Metmuseum.org/Gallim or calling the box office at 212.570.3949.
About Andrea Miller
Andrea Miller, Artistic Director and choreographer of Brooklyn-based company, GALLIM, has established herself as a perpetually groundbreaking artist who brings unbridled empathy, intimacy, and sensitivity to her work. A sought-after creator and collaborator in dance, film, theater, tech, and fashion, Miller was named 2017/2018 Artist in Residence at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, becoming the first choreographer to hold that distinction. Miller's residency opened with Stone Skipping, named 2017 Best Choreography by Wendy Perron, Dance Magazine, a site responsive work for The Temple of Dendur. Miller culminates the Residency with an installation at The Met Breuer (May 2018).
Miller’s highly acclaimed works and commissions have been performed worldwide. Recent Commission include Pennsylvania Ballet (2019), Abraham in Motion (2018), NDT2, Bern Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Body Traffic, Grace Farms, Noord Nederlands Dans among others. Venues and institutions have sought Miller’s work including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Frieze Festival, Art Basel, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, BAM Next Wave, The Joyce, Jacob's Pillow, Spoleto USA, Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House, Theatre National de Chaillot, Grec Festival de Barcelona, The Grand Theatre de la Ville de Luxembourg, Theaterhaus Stuttgart, and Canal Madrid among others. Collaborations in Fashion include Hermès, VOGUE, Lacoste, Calvin Klein, Lane Crawford, Kswiss and Zach Gold. Film credit, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2018), directed by Xavier Dolan.
Additional awards and honors include: Guggenheim Fellow, Sadler’s Wells Jerwood Fellowships, Princess Grace Foundation Fellowship in Choreography, Special Projects Awards and Works in Progress Award, New York City Center Choreography Fellowship, Joyce Theater Artist in Residence, and more.
Miller’s educational programming is run from GALLIM’s Brooklyn home studio and has been brought to Universities and educational centers across the US, recently at Harvard, Juilliard, Barnard, NYU, Marymount, Wesleyan, UCSB, among others.About GALLIM
Through the vision of Artistic Director Andrea Miller, GALLIM uses technical virtuosity, raw vulnerability, and an uncompromising authenticity to electrify and connect with audiences around the world. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the company has created a body of work and educational programming out of its Brooklyn base. GALLIM's international success spans the world of performing arts and cultural festivals, to collaborations in film, music, visual arts and fashion including works and commissions including The Metropolitan Museum of Art where the Miller was named artist-in-residence in 2017/2018, Frieze Festival, Art Basel, Lincoln Center, BAM, The Joyce Theater, The Kennedy Center, Jacob's Pillow, Spoleto USA, The Glass House, Hermès, Calvin Klein, Lacoste, SLS Hotel Miami and Vegas, Theatre National de Chaillot, The Grand Theatre de la Ville de Luxembourg, among others. GALLIM enters its second decade with projects in new platforms and disciplines, delving deeper into its unique performance language.About MetLiveArts
The groundbreaking live arts series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art explores contemporary performance through the lens of the Museum’s exhibitions and unparalleled gallery spaces with singular performance. MetLiveArts invites artists, performers, curators, and thought leaders to explore and collaborate within The Met, leading with new commissions, world premieres, and site-specific durational performances that have been named some of the most “memorable” and “best of” performances in New York City by the New York Times, New Yorker, and Broadway World.(C)arbon
Choreographer: Andrea Miller, conceived in collaboration with Ben Stamper and GALLIM
Dancers: Allysen Hooks, Sean Howe, Gary Reagan, Connor Speetjens, Haley Sung, Georgia Usbourne
Filmmaker: Ben Stamper
Composer: Will Epstein
Costume Designer: Jose Solis
This residency is made possible by the Chester Dale Fund.
The world premiere of (C)arbon at The Met Breuer is made possible by Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky, with additional support from Jody and John Arnhold and the Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Fund.
Photo © & courtesy of Charissa Fay