Forbidden Creature Virgin Whore
Thursday, October 24, 2013
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Thank you to all who made our recent production possible!
Created with and Performed by: Beau Hancock, Dana Pleakis, Paul Struck, and Chandra Moss making her MIRO debut.
Concept, Choreograophy and Direction: Amanda Miller
Production Manager: Lisa McGinn
Dramaturge and Consultant: Kristin Kest
Score: Pete M. Wyer
Lighting Design: Leigh A. Mumford
Costume Design: Magdalena Baker / Assistant: Becca Austin
Sometimes humorous and sometimes sobering, this new work irreverently unveils the virgin whores, domestic goddesses, and forbidden creatures that litter our collective contemporary psyche.
This piece began as a reaction Miller had to the archetypical female characters in the dance canon; her experiences in Cambodia learning a traditional dance as well as witnessing the Cambodian sex trade; and her life as a ballerina–performing in classical ballets like Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Cinderella. She has thought about how each dance depicts women in some mythological or fantastical situation where a prince saves or destroys them through acts of “love.” With that in mind, her latest work was born. Miller is setting out to replay the iconic female mythologies of classical dance through a contemporary, feminist lens.
Above images: (1) Paul Struck + Chandra Moss, Photo by Johanna Austin (2) Drawings by Kristin Kest, Design by Rob Carmichael