We honor the 2021 celebration of Black History Month by highlighting and sharing the choreography of four Black artists that were commissioned under RDT’s Manifest Diversity Initiative.
Next, we share the beautiful work of Bebe Miller.
Bebe Miller is known world-wide for her work in the dance field. She has been working with her own company, Bebe Miller Dance Company, since 1985 exploring the human condition. Bebe came to Salt Lake City for two weeks in February 2019. She results of her two weeks was a new commission for RDT entitled Event.
Discover more about Bebe Miller and Bebe Miller Company by visiting her website – you can access it HERE.
Choreography by Bebe Miller
Performance by Jaclyn Brown, Lauren Curley, Daniel Do, Efren Corado Garcia, Daniel Higgins, Elle Johansen, Tyler Orcutt, Ursula Perry
Full video is available for educational purposes HERE.
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 OSU in 1975. She formed Bebe Miller Company in 1985 to pursue her interest in finding a physical language for the human condition, a connecting thread throughout her work. Collaboration being fundamental to her working process,she has worked with composers, artists, writers, filmmakers, designers and dramaturgs, along with the dancers who share her studio practice and from whom she has learned what dancing can reveal. Bebe Miller’s work has been performed internationally in Europe, Asia and the African continent, and nationally in venues ranging from Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Series, San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, REDCAT in Los Angeles and the Wexner Center for the Arts, to numerous colleges and universities around the country. Her choreography has been performed nationally and internationally, and has been commissioned by Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Oregon Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet, Philadanco, Amerstdam’s Neue Dans Groep, and the UK’s Phoenix Dance Company among others. She has been honored with four New York Dance and Performance BESSIE awards, fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2005 she was honored by the Kennedy Center as on of the Masters of African American Choreography. She is a United States Ford Fellow and a 2012 Doris Duke Foundation Artist, received New York Live Arts’ David White Award in 2013 and was gala honoree at NYC’s Movement Research Gala in 2015. She was a Professor in the Department of Dance at OSU and is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Division of Arts and Humanities, and received an Honorary Doctor-ate in Humane Letters from Ursinus College in 2009.
Repertory Dance Theatre believes that all peoples, their cultures, and their art contribute to the meaning and understanding of our humanity and should be honored and celebrated.
RDT firmly stands against racism in all forms. We, as a Company, denounce racism, bigotry, and intolerance in our state and across the nation. We are committed to learning, growing, and listening as we work toward a more equitable world for all.