How Am I Not Myself?
The parallel paths of two classically trained dancers swerve and intersect in a work of mythology, media, and madness.
Born a few days apart on opposite sides of the world, Amanda Miller (US) and Viji Rao (India) both began their classical dance training at the age of four—Miller in ballet, and Rao in Bharatnayam. Thirty years later, following careers in their respective forms, both create contemporary dance that travels far beyond their roots. In How am I not Myself?, directed by Tobin Rothlein, media merges with dance to create compelling stories of identity and growth, as Miller and Rao converse with each other, the audience, and versions of themselves.
Premiere: 12/01/2009 Sai Arts International, Bangalore, India
Created in collaboration with Viji Rao
Choreography: Amanda Miller and Viji Rao
Performers: Amanda Miller and Viji Rao
Writing and Direction: Tobin Rothlein
Original Music Score: Praveen D. Rao
Video Design: Tobin Rothlein
Lighting Design: James Clotfelter
Costume Design: Sara McCorriston
Funded in part by Professional Development Support from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through Dance Advance, Technical Assistance from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, PennPAT, Girard College, Anonymous donor (1), David Miller, Richard DiGeorgio, Suresh Chugh, Dr. Robert Wallner, and Laura Miller.
“The piece… tells an intimate, highly personal story.”
–Lauren F. Friedman, Philadelphia Citypaper
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