What does the Tiffany Mills Company have in common with Kandinsky, Bulgakov, Pushkin, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Pavlovna, Balanchine and Tarkovsky? (Russia and art, of course!) As we reverently admire these greats, our NYC-based dance Company is being given the chance to travel to their rich homeland. Help us cross water, land, and language, to connect two cultures as diverse as the United States and Russia through the power of movement.
Возможность (The Opportunity)
With your support, the Tiffany Mills Company will embark on our first Eurasian tour, reach new international audiences, and unleash our imagination as we travel to perform a dance/theater work, Berries and Bulls, at the renowned International Festival of Modern Dance “Isadora” in Krasnoyarsk, Russia on April 23-May 2, 2012. Our Company is thrilled to represent both the NYC dance community and the US as we take a bold step toward sharing with the world what we dance every day…connection. Our Kickstarter Campaign ($5,000 goal) will raise airfare and transportation for five Company Members to travel to Russia to perform this evocative evening-length work that capitalizes on bold movement, surprising text, and daring partnering. Characteristic of Mills’ style, a dynamic group of artists join together to explore the flaws and foibles revealed in relationships.
Компания (The Company)
Choreographer: Tiffany Mills (with Company contributions)
Dramaturge: Peter Petralia
Editing Advisor: Kay Cummings
Lighting Designer: Chris Hudacs
Performers: Jeffrey Duval, Kevin Ho, Emily Pope-Blackman, Petra van Noort
Company Manager: Megan Kennedy
Оур ворк (Our work)
Berries and Bulls is an original dance/theater work created by the Tiffany Mills Company. (NYC Premiere March 1-3, 2012 at Baryshnikov Arts Center; Russian Premiere May 1, 2012 at "Isadora".) This evening-length project is an exposé on the inherent tangles found in human relationships. Through movement and text, four people vibrating at different frequencies try to connect. They misread signals, push touching to extremes, and taunt each other into playing physically risky games. The stakes are high for these relationships to fail. But, by tipping reality on its side – with fantastical stories and fanciful props (blueberries, goose feathers, paper airplanes) – the performers find an entry point for communicating and questioning: What are our expectations of others? How much can we rely on those closest to us?
Тханк Ёу фор хелпинг! (Thank you for helping!)
Now we reach out to you – art enthusiasts, dance aficionados, fans, friends, believers. As our community we invite you to be a part of this journey by contributing in your own big or small way. Your donation will give us wings (literally) to fly to Russia. So we thank you in advance for helping transport us to the other side of the world! We thank you for understanding the importance of art as a mirror and commentary of the times we live in and the people we are. And most importantly we thank you for making available the opportunity for us to share our belief that we are all more similar than different; that we are connected by the common experience of being human; and that to break the sense of separation created by distance and rhetoric, all we need to do is show up and open up.
Photographs © Julie Lemberger 2011 (www.julielemberger.com)
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