With the help of many of you 2010 turned out to be an exciting and productive year, with Miro’s hard work, creativity, and resourcefulness trumping the difficult economic environment. We began by premiering and touring How Am I Not Myself in India, followed by an American debut at Philadelphia’s Painted Bride Arts Center. We saw the Open Studio Series morph into Miro Mash-Ups. These free events combined the MIRO company with local rock band Toy Soldiers and numerous new music composers, culminating in a very special performance at the Kimmel Center’s Summer Solstice Festival. In September we were commissioned to create Already Seen in residence at EMPAC in Troy NY, and premiered it in their first biennial Filament Festival. This eventful year has brought us from performing Generate. Degenerate. in the middle of the woods, to working with the Opera Company of Philadelphia and 1812 Productions, to Amanda’s work in Spain and Tobin’s work in London (extended at the mercy of the Icelandic Volcano), to hosting 20+ Cambodian dancers and musicians in our studio at Girard College, and – somehow – much much more!
We’ve already set the stage for 2011’s work exploring the intersections between dance and visual art. New projects include a show of Tobin’s work in a Cambodian art gallery and the launch of a multi-year collaboration with Khmer Arts Ensemble, which will kick off with Amanda in residency in Phnom Penh. Our new full-length work PUNCH, with composer Zeena Parkins, will debut at the Kimmel Center, and the Open Studio Series will continue to bring you closer to the creative process. We’re moving into a new studio at Girard College, where our residency is being ramped up to facilitate more interaction with the students. The year will also see workshops at Temple, West Chester, and Drexel Universities. Finally, we’ll be creating an installation on Passyunk Avenue commissioned by the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program as part of their “Journeys South” project.
Your help makes a big difference! Whether it’s $1,000 to fund our original works or $50 to support our free Open Studio Series, every donation helps to sustain us for another year. A single evening length production can require upwards of $50,000, while just one week of rehearsals can require as much as $1,000 – and big undertakings like PUNCH require numerous rehearsal weeks.
An appreciative audience base is what keeps us going. Your support keeps the spark of innovative dance alive. Please consider giving a tax-deductible donation to Miro Dance Theatre today.
Amanda Miller & Tobin Rothlein