Tuesday, March 23, 2010

UM dancers get ticket to D.C.

Posted By on Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 8:05 PM

UM dance students reaped high honors last weekend when they were chosen to represent the Northwest at a national festival in Washington, D.C. The American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) selected "Prey," a piece choreographed by renowned choreographer Bebe Miller and performed by 11 UM dancers, from more than 50 other pieces at a recent regional conference in Ogden, Utah.

The D.C. festival, which takes place in May, includes a performance of "Prey" and other regional winners at the Kennedy Center.

We wrote about "Prey" and profiled Miller in a recent article. She explained the piece is inspired by predator-prey imagery but it's really about common struggles and the power of submitting to whatever a situation might call for.

Miller, 60, also spoke about what it means to teach dance to the next generation of artists.

"We are a physical tradition," she said. "We hand down ideas. The culture in which artists are emerging shifts. And the reason for making work shifts. We engage and maneuver in all kinds of forms. What remains is what young artists are here to figure out."

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