Motion State Arts presents Betsy Miller Dance Projects’ “american / woman”
Motion State Arts presents Betsy Miller Dance Projects’ american / woman on Saturday, November 4, 2023, 7:00pm at The Wilbury Theatre Group, 475 Valley St, Providence, RI. american / woman explores, through a dancer’s lens, what it means to be a woman in America today.
american/ woman features solos and duets created by Betsy Miller (MA) in collaboration with Northeast-based dance artists: Shura Baryshnikov (RI); Rachel Boggia (CT); Ali Kenner Brodsky (MA); Alexandra James (ME); Ani Javian (NJ); Kellie Ann Lynch (CT); and Lida Winfield (VT).
Interwoven between the live performances will be two short dance films, created with artists Jamie Arnold (MT) and Maya Goree (AR). The weekend will include a post-performance discussion and public classes.
“People say the dance field is dominated by women. It isn’t. It is populated by women. The field of professional concert dance does not empower women, understand women, or celebrate women. In so many ways, it reflects the systemic patriarchies of our nation: in issues of labor distribution, opportunities for advancement and recognition, and even bodily autonomy.” —Betsy Miller
american / woman endeavors to platform the artistry of women dancers from every state in the U.S. It reveals and celebrates the essence of each of these artists: women-identifying dancers from different backgrounds, at different junctures in their lives and careers.
In addition to the performance, there are opportunities to take class with several of the performers. On November 4, from 10-11:30 am, join Lida Winfield for “Imagine a Future: Dance Improvisation as a Pathway to Social Change.” On November 5, from 10-11:30 am join Betsy Miller for “Rituals for Resilience.” That afternoon from 12-1:30 pm join Alexandra James for “Contemporary Dance Practice.” Cost is $20/class; $35/2 classes; $50/3 classes. Email email@example.com to register in advance & ensure your spot.
Born and raised in rural Ohio, Betsy Miller is a dance artist, educator, and facilitator now based in Salem, MA. Her choreography blends improvisational practice, ritual, athleticism, and theatricality through collaborative practices.
Tickets to american / woman are $30 General and $20 for Students. Book now at www.motionstatearts.org