Trust me this is not the title of a grade B movie, it is Philadelphia choreographer Amanda Miller’s current contribution to the world of modern dance. Dance critic Merilyn Jackson invited me to join her last night and I was surprisingly impressed by the story-line, choreography and dancing. I’m a former ballet/modern dancer and tend to be too critical.
Paul Struck and Chandra Moss in Miller Rothleins’ Forbidden Creature Virgin Whore, Photo by Johanna Austin.
I had the honor of meeting Amanda after the production and asked her about the creation of the piece. It was interesting to learn about her source materials and collaborative process with dancers.
This is a must see for anyone familiar with modern dance, and especially if you have never attended a dance production. You will not be disappointed.
“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”.
*NEW: REVIEWS in PHILLY METRO and CITY PAPER.
PREVIEW THE MUSIC by Pete M. Wyer.
POST-SHOW DISCUSSION Saturday Nov 16 with Amanda Miller, Tobin Rothlein, and Kristin Kest.
$20: Admission, $10: Students and Dance Pass holders
Thursday, November 14, 7:30 PM
Friday, November 15, 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 16, 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 17, 2:00 PM
The White Space at the Crane Arts Old School.
1417 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122
(Two blocks north of Girard) MAP
*Please note the location is not the Crane building.
Kristin Kest’s essay for the show: http://www.millerrothlein.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/KEST-ForbiddenCreatureVirginWhore.pdf