After the Feast is an evening-length project that fuses movement by Tiffany Mills, dramaturgy by Kay Cummings, music by Jonathan Melville Pratt, visual design by Dennis O’Leary, costumes by Mary Kokie McNaugher, lighting by Chris Hudacs and performance by six ferocious dancers. This new work imagines an urban dystopia caused by vanishing resources. Mills’ highly physical movement and daring partnering propel the performers further into this dire situation – the next phase of human existence. In the work collaborators ask: Can a community emerge from an urban wasteland? What will remain after the final feast? Images of possession, disembodiment, and dissection haunt this project, yet the performers are able to find light. After the Feast will be presented by La MaMa May 12-15, 2016, as part of the La MaMa Moves! Festival, and will mark the company’s 15th anniversary season.
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Opening Night Gala at 7pm ($50 Tickets)
Post-performance gala celebrating After the Feast and 15 glorious years of the company, including drinks, light fare, silent auction, and DJ
Friday, May 13, 2016
Join members of the company, plus alumni, to watch or participate in a pre-show warm-up on stage at 6pm before the 7pm curtain
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Post-show Discussion at 8pm
Post-performance talk-back with choreographer/performer Tiffany Mills and members of the company
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Tiffany Mills Pre-Performance Class at 2:30pm-3:30pm
Join members of the company for a pre-show partnering sampler class on stage at 2:30pm before the 4pm curtain. Dancers (and non-dancers) at all levels and ages welcome for this class.
Director & Choreographer: Tiffany Mills, with creative input from the company
Company: Kyle Marshall, Tiffany Mills, Jordan Morley,
Kenneth Olguin, Emily Pope-Blackman, Mei Yamanaka
Rehearsal Assistant: Emily Pope-Blackman
Music: Composed, performed, engineered and produced by Jonathan Melville Pratt
Dramaturge: Kay Cummings
Visual Designer: Dennis O’Leary
Costume Designer: Mary Kokie McNaugher
Lighting Designer: Chris Hudacs
The Tiffany Mills Company was formed in 1995 and incorporated in New York City as a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization in 2000. The company investigates highly physical movement (drawn from release technique, partnering, and improvisation) to build layered material with emotional and psychological resonance. Mills’ movement palate is enriched by her commitment to the cross-fertilization of forms. She collaborates with contemporary composers, writers, theater directors, designers and filmmakers, to not only blur lines between mediums, but also to discover layered methods of constructing dances. Mills’ process of creation is collaborative and ensemble-based. With each work the performers draw from their personal lives. Mills directs her work to focus on the vulnerability of being human, often investigating themes of communication, connection, relationship, exposure, breakdown, and transformation. She places the audience in an active role by asking them to be part of the performance. She challenges them to participate in an experience, to absorb and respond. Mills has created over 20 works, which have been presented nationally and internationally. The company actively performs in New York City, and has been called “One of the real talents of the emerging generation” by the Village Voice, and “Fresh, smart and accomplished” by the New York Times. The company most recently was selected by the Brooklyn Academy of Music with the Kennedy Center, to participate in the inaugural session of BAM’s Professional Development Program, which culminated in a NYC Season at BAM Fisher (2013).
Tiffany Mills moved to NYC in 1995, and formed the Brooklyn-based Tiffany Mills Company in 2000. Her work centers on human relationships, is grounded in partnering and improvisation, and is fueled by collaboration across mediums. In 2016, the company will be presented by La MaMa in their La MaMa Moves! Festival. In 2012-13, the company was selected to participate in the inaugural session of BAM’s Professional Development Program, which culminated in a NYC Season at BAM Fisher. The company’s collaborative work has been performed in NYC and nationally: PICA’s TBA Festival (OR), Wexner Center (OH), Contemporary Dance Theater/NPN (OH), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Residency (MA), Dance Place (DC), Guggenheim Museum Works & Process, Duke on 42 Street, Symphony Space, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Dancing in the Streets, Joyce SoHo, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Danspace Project’s City/Dans Series, DTW, PS 122, Movement Research at Judson Church, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, HERE, and in Russia, Italy, Mexico and Canada. Awards and residencies: NYU’s Tisch Summer Dance Festival Residency (15), CUNY Dance Initiative Residencies (14-15), BAM/PDP (12-13), Joyce’s Mellon Anchor Tenant Program (11-present), Baryshnikov Arts Center Residency (10), Dance New Amsterdam Residency (10), Joyce Residency (07-08), Field Residency (08), LMCC Swing Space Residency (08-09, 12), Bogliasco/Jerome Robbins Foundation Fellowships (Italy 07), Help Desk (05-06), HERE’s Artist Residency (02-03), Dance/NYC Artistic Advisory Board (02-03), ACDFA Adjudicator (04, 07, 16), TPAC/LMCC Space Grant (05-06), University of Oregon Alumni Award & Boekhelheide Creativity Award (05 & 06), Bates Dance Festival Emerging Choreographer Award (98). Funding includes: Asian Cultural Council, Evelyn Sharp Foundation, Harkness Foundation (via HERE), Mertz Gilmore Foundation (via La MaMa), Fund for Creative Communities, DCA, BAC/JPMC, BAC/DCA, BAC/NYSCA, BAC/Destination Brooklyn, Bossak/Heilbron, Sorin Charitable Trust, Puffin Foundation, MCAF, Meet the Composer, American Music Center, and New Music USA. Current and past teaching: Tisch Summer Festival Residency, Gibney Dance Center, Dance New Amsterdam, Trisha Brown Studio, The Playground, Earthdance (MA), Velocity (WA), Conduit (OR), plus festivals and universities nationally/internationally. Additionally, the Tiffany Mills Company holds an annual Summer Partnering Intensive, now in its 11th year. Mills hails from Oregon (BA in Dance from University of Oregon, MFA in Choreography from Ohio State University). www.tiffanymillscompany.org