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Tiffany Mills

Brooklyn, NY         

Tiffany Mills is a choreographer and artistic director of the NYC-based Tiffany Mills Company. Mills moved to NYC in 1995, and formed Tiffany Mills Company in 2000, earning immediate national recognition: “Mills favors a boldly physical vocabulary, and her dancers fill the space with a fearless sense of freedom and exhilaration.” —The Washington Post. Recent NYC Season highlights: The Flea Theater (2018) as an “Anchor Partner”, La MaMa (2016) as part of their La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival, BAM Fisher (2013) as part of the inaugural session of BAM’s Professional Development Program. The company’s past collaborative work has been presented at: 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 Series, Duke on 42nd Street, Symphony Space Dance Sampler, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Bryant Park Dance Festival, Dancing in the Streets, Joyce SoHo, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Danspace Project’s City/Dans Series, Dance Theater Workshop Fresh Tracks, PS 122 Avant Garde Arama, Movement Research at Judson Church, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, HERE, and in Russia, Italy, Mexico and Canada.

The company holds an annual winter and summer intensive (2006-present). Mills’ guest teaching includes: Trisha Brown Studios, Dance New Amsterdam, Gibney Dance Center, The Playground, Peridance, Earthdance (MA), Velocity (WA), Conduit (OR), ACDA, universities nationally, and festivals internationally. Mills has received awards, and residencies: NYU’s Tisch Summer Dance Festival (15), CUNY Dance Initiative Residencies (14-15, 17), BAM/DVIAM PDP (12-13), Joyce’s Mellon Anchor Tenant Program (11-16), 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, 18, 19), Tribeca Performing Arts Center/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, Mertz Gilmore (via La MaMa), Evelyn Sharp, Harkness (via HERE), LMCC/FFCC, DCA, BAC/JPMC, BAC/DCA, BAC/NYSCA, BAC/Destination Brooklyn, Bossak/Heilbron, Sorin Charitable Trust, Puffin, MCAF, Meet the Composer, American Music Center, and New Music USA. Mills hails from Eugene, Oregon (BA University of Oregon, MFA Ohio State University). www.tiffanymillscompany.org

It Happens Only Once…Yesterday and Tomorrow (10HL Commission/NYC Premiere at NYLA, 2014)

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It Only Happens Once…Yesterday and Tomorrow (10HL Commission) takes us through a main character’s evolving obsession with a reoccurring dream. Surrealism, architecture, and psychology collide as each section begins with the same image and quickly dissolves into unfamiliar landscapes. Choreography: Tiffany Mills, Music: DJoeFlow, Lighting: Amanda Ringger, Costumes: Mary Kokie-McNaugher.

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Berries and Bulls (World Premiere at BAM Fisher, Excerpt 2013)

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In Berries and Bulls, four people vibrating on different frequencies try to connect by asking: How much can we rely on others? How will we endure together over time? Choreographer: Tiffany Mills, Dramaturge: Peter Petralia, Advisor: Kay Cummings, Lighting: Chris Hudacs, Costumes: Mary Kokie-McNaugher.

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Tomorrow’s Legs (Commission/Premiere at Danspace Project, Excerpt 2009)

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Tomorrow’s Legs is made up of stories inspired by our memories. The performers mix words and movement to excavate the past. We remember a father’s surprising retort, a missing dog, River, and a forever-lost brother. Vicious partnering, delicate gestures, and straight-up story telling combine as we dig into the crevices of our mind. Memory will be our connective tissue. Choreographer: Tiffany Mills, Dramaturge: Peter Petralia, Editing Advisor: Kay Cummings, Lighting: Chris Hudacs, Costumes: Naoko Nagata.

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