The 2017–18 MetLiveArts Artist in Residence, the boldly inventive choreographer and artistic director Andrea Miller of Gallim, will premiere Stone Skipping at The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing on October 28 and 29. The premiere marks Miller’s debut as Artist in Residence at The Met. Stone Skipping is an ambitious new work inspired by one of the Museum’s most beloved and iconic artifacts, and it is the first evening-length, site-specific dance performance created for The Temple. It will generate a choreographic conversation between the artifact’s multifaceted history and journey to The Met, with the dancers carving out a narrative of movement based on the acceleration of environmental change and deterioration through time that is a result of human interference.
Andrea Miller is the first choreographer to be named Artist in Residence at The Met. Throughout her yearlong exploration of the collection and galleries, the Museum will commission several new works by this daring choreographer as well as offer visitors and audiences the chance to see into her creative process through open rehearsals during Museum hours and workshops, such as those offered during Teens Take The Met.
The world premiere of Stone Skipping will feature a cast of 10 Gallim company members and six guest dancers from the Juilliard School. Miller’s distinctly raw, potent, and deeply grounded vocabulary of movement will articulate the themes of loss, preservation, and survival. Stone Skipping features music by the viola quartet Firewood, with members Ralph Farris, Stephanie Griffin, Jessica Meyer, and Lev Zhurbin, playing an original composition by Phil Kline. Costumes are by fashion designer Jose Solis.
The performances on Saturday, October 28, and Sunday, October 29, will begin at 2 p.m. in The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing. Tickets start at $65.
As part of her residency, Andrea Miller and Gallim will premiere a new durational work at The Met Breuer this spring, May 22–27, 2018.
The groundbreaking live arts series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art explores contemporary performance through the lens of the Museum’s exhibitions and unparalleled gallery spaces with singular performances and talks. MetLiveArts invites artists, performers, curators, and thought leaders to explore and collaborate within The Met, leading with new commissions, world premieres, and site-specific durational performances that have been named some of the most “memorable” and “best of” performances in New York City by The New York Times, New Yorker, and Broadway World.
Gallim celebrates elemental connection through the exploration of the human experience. Under the direction of Artistic Director and visionary choreographer Andrea Miller, Gallim seeks to impact the culturally curious through thought-provoking, transformative works. The company has performed worldwide at renowned venues including Lincoln Center, The Joyce, BAM, Grec Festival de Barcelona, Theatre National de Chaillot, The Grand Theatre de la Ville de Luxembourg, and Theaterhaus Stuttgart.
Choreographer and creative director Andrea Miller has established herself as a visionary artistic voice as well as a creator who brings unbridled empathy, intimacy, and sensitivity to both her work and the creative process. As Artistic Director of Gallim, she tours internationally staging her work for arts institutions and festivals. In 2014 Miller became a Guggenheim Fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, for demonstrating exceptional creative ability. A sought-after collaborator in film, theater, and fashion, she has recently worked with Hermès, Lacoste, Calvin Klein, VOGUE, Lane Crawford, and Kswiss in collaborations with Zach Gold. Her latest film work, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, starring Jessica Chastain, Natalie Portman, and Kit Harrington, comes out in 2018.