September 17, 1998

Bebe Miller Company to Perform at Middlebury College Center for the Arts

"Bebe Miller is a cartographer of human emotions, mapping the landscape of the passions in her danceĀ…Miller surveyed the terrain of the human heart and revealed its secrets with luminous intelligence." --The Washington Post

The Bebe Miller Company, whose dancing has been called "complex and completely intriguing" by Dance Magazine, will perform two works, "Going to the Wall" and "Blessed" at 8 p.m. on Sept. 28 and 29 in the dance theatre at the Middlebury College Center for the Arts on South Main Street (Route 30). Both works are choreographed by Bebe Miller.

On Tuesday, Sept. 29, Miller also will offer a beginner-intermediate level master class from 9:30-10:45 a.m. and a lecture accompanied by a demonstration titled "Constructing 'Going to the Wall'" from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Both the class and the lecture-demonstration are free and open to the public, and will take place in the Center for the Arts.

Bebe Miller, a native New Yorker, has been creating dances for almost 20 years and formed the Bebe Miller Company in 1985.

"Going to the Wall," which also features text by Bebe Miller, is a dialogue about identity. As an African-American artist, Miller explores issues of identity, aesthetics, politics and vision in the context of the current ongoing discussion on race and culture.

Referring to a working draft performance of "Going to the Wall," The Village Voice said, "Seeing Bebe Miller's company on a hot night seems a good idea. The dancers shine; sweat flies and drips off them. The dancing-already malleable, sensuous, charged-seems to flame up before our eyes; in repose the bodies soften and melt, and we melt with them."

The Bebe Miller Company, which has toured extensively throughout the United States and in eight countries, will also perform "Blessed." Describing the choreography in "Blessed," The Village Voice said, the "crisp, precise steps erupt out of more languorous ones; phrases take off in all directions-so do limbs; diversity slides into unisonĀ…"

Tickets for this Middlebury College Concert Series performance are $9.00 general admission and $7.00 for senior citizens. To order tickets, please call the College box office at 802-443-6433.