In this episode, our new co-host Michael joined the mic with Clara to interview choreographer, Tiffany Mills ahead of the world premiere of her new work, Not then, not yet. Tiffany shared how she drew inspiration for this evening-length work from Mary Shelley’s life and writings. The motif of liminality became a powerful, generative force behind the work to explore movement, emotion, and character in between contrasting states of being. Having come from a diverse background of tap, gymnastics, and modern dance, Tiffany revealed how she eventually became interested in choreographing dance from a theatrical and dramaturgical perspective.
Tiffany Mills Company returns to The Flea Theater this November 13–16 with the world premiere of Not then, not yet, an evening-length work that explores states of transition and transformation. Not then, not yet was created in collaboration with Puerto Rican composer Angélica Negrón and French vocalist/composer Muriel Louveau. It examines states of transition, drawing inspiration from the liminal space between endings and new beginnings. Weaving movement, an electronic score, and live vocals, the artists map internal landscapes, as well as external ones as they consider the often surreal space one dwells in between past/future, young/old, and even life/death. Chairs are used as objects of comfort, support, options, and obstacles. In addition to Mills, Negron and Louveau, Not then, not yet features dramaturgy by Mills’s longtime collaborator Kay Cummings, lighting design by Chris Hudacs, and costumes by Pei-Chi Su.
Tiffany Mills is choreographer and artistic director of the New York City-based Tiffany Mills Company, which she founded in 2000. Recent New York City seasons include The Flea Theater (Resident Artist, 2018), La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival (2016), and BAM/Kennedy Center’s Professional Development Program, which culminated in a NYC season at BAM Fisher (2013). Mills holds an annual Summer Intensive in New York City (2006–present), has taught at Trisha Brown Studios, Dance New Amsterdam, Gibney Dance Center, Peridance, The Playground, ACDA, as well as at universities and festivals nationally and internationally. Some recent awards and residencies include NYU’s Tisch Summer Dance Festival, CUNY Dance Initiative, The Joyce Theater’s Mellon Anchor Tenant Program, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and LMCC Swing Space.
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