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#1 Amy Reusch

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Posted 27 October 2004 - 08:22 PM

Phrenic New Ballet to Re-Emerge As Two New Companies

After a five-year collaboration,
Phrenic New Ballet's artistic directors have decided to re-emerge as two
separate dance companies to develop and clarify their own distinct artistic
visions.  The companies will operate under new names, one under the artistic
direction of Amanda Miller and Tobin Rothlein, and the other under the
artistic direction of Matthew Neenan and Christine Cox.


Anyone know why? (Perhaps this should be a subcategory under the PA Ballet forum?)

#2 sandik

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Posted 28 October 2004 - 09:03 AM

Is this the Amanda Miller who used to work with/for William Forsythe?

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Posted 28 October 2004 - 09:13 AM

Amanda Miller previously was a member of PABallet.
(she was also the alien in the movie "Signs" :wink: )

#4 Brioche

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Posted 28 October 2004 - 10:15 AM

Just what we need, one more art org struggling to get funding and survive. Perhaps they have an angel(s)?


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#5 Amy Reusch

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Posted 29 October 2004 - 08:59 PM

Received the following e-mail today:

remember us Phrenic New Ballet folk from the PA Ballet. We've spawned a
new company --I will send you a press release--, but here is the info
if you could please add the new company to your links.

1. name of company: miro dance theatre
2. address of site: http://www.mirodancetheatre.org
3.please list under modern and ballet if thats ok

ARTISTIC DIRECTION
AMANDA MILLER: ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
TOBIN ROTHLEIN: PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

#6 Amy Reusch

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Posted 29 October 2004 - 09:04 PM

And here's the press release... (I assume it's okay with Ballet Alert to post this? I removed the e-mail contact addresses as a spam guard)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media contact: Tobin Rothlein, 267-847-0025
October 29, 2004


PHILADELPHIA’S PREMIER VIDEO AND DANCE INNOVATORS ANNOUNCE FORMATION OF
NEW DANCE COMPANY

PHILADELPHIA, PA— Philadelphia’s premier video and dance innovators
Amanda Miller and Tobin Rothlein announce the formation of miro dance
theatre, a new contemporary ballet and multi-media company to further
advance the integration of dance and multimedia while allowing for more
in-depth development of new work.
Miller and Rothlein will preside over the company as artistic director
and producing artistic director respectively and have assembled a
Philadelphia-based touring company of dancers with a highly developed
and unique style of movement. Company members have performed with such
prestigious companies as Lines Ballet, THARP!, Donald Byrd, Dance
Theatre of Harlem, and Suzanne Farrell Ballet.
“With miro we want to move beyond our formal and classical training to
explore and embrace the most contemporary ideas in dance, performance,
and multi-media techniques,” said Miller.
Rothlein adds, “miro dance theatre is unique not because we mix
multi-media and dance but for how we mix them. We believe that dance,
video and visual design are all equal partners on the performance
stage.”
Continuing with Miller and Rothlein’s five year history of bringing an
edgy, contemporary sensibility to classical dance through the founding
and
directing of Phrenic New Ballet, miro dance theatre challenges the
classic forms through experimentation and discovery. Miro dance theatre
seeks to extend and share its vision with the general and artistic
communities through outreach in the forms of residency activities, open
workshops, master classes, and through access to visiting artists.
--more--

Page 2
Miro dance theatre already has several performances scheduled in the
coming months.
• Miller and Callender, with video by Rothlein, will perform with the
Singing City Choir on November 13th at the Philadelphia Cathedral on
38th and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia.
• miro dance theatre has been invited to perform in The Remember
Project on December 4th at Saint Mark’s Church in New York City.
• Miller’s work, from her residency in The Choreographer’s Project,
will be performed on December 11th and 12th at Susan Hess Modern Dance,
2030 Sansom Street.
• The company directors are working on plans for miro dance theatre
performances in London, England in the fall of 2005.
Miro dance theatre has brought together a truly talented and forward
thinking group of dancers. In addition to Artistic Director Miller the
company consists of: Tanya Wideman-Davis, former dancer with Lines
Ballet; Donald Byrd, Dance Theatre of Harlem; Jessica Lang, Juilliard
graduate and former dancer with THARP!; Rhea Roderick, recent performer
with Phrenic New Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Rick Callender,
former dancer with Suzanne Farrell Ballet.
Miro dance theatre encompasses the many artistic avenues through which
emotions can be expressed and stories can be told. To learn more about
miro dance theatre please go to www.mirodancetheatre.org.
--end--


miro. dance. theatre.
PO BOX 54551
Philadelphia, PA 19148
www.mirodancetheatre.org

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Posted 29 October 2004 - 10:14 PM

Thank you for the news. It seems clear what this one half of the original Phrenic Ballet is doing. I hope we hear where the other founding members are headed.
They are all extremely talented with bright futures I am sure. I am wondering if Neenan and Cox will keep the name of Phrenic Ballet since Miller and Rothlein have created a new identity.

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Posted 30 October 2004 - 08:19 PM

am wondering if Neenan and Cox will keep the name of Phrenic Ballet


It is a curious name... When you said that, I realized I had never gotten around to finding out what "Phrenic" meant... I'm embarrassed to realize I had been blurring it to mean something similar to "frantic"... Instead it seems to mean "of the mind, or pertaining to the diaphram"...

Dictionary.com search results for "phrenic"


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