Celeste Miller is a multi-faceted dance artist whose career includes solo performance, choreography, arts activism and animator of community art projects. Her unique performance style is a combination of spoken word and movement that plumbs narrative for physical imagery in juxtaposed connections with words. Often called the dance whisperer, Miller investigates dance as a powerful tool for art-making, research and activism. Miller’s work has been recognized by numerous grants, fellowships and commissions including Choreography Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Artist Award for Solo Theatrical Performance by the Maryland State Arts Council, Massachusetts New Playwrights Fellowship; as well as awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, Atlanta Circle of Drama Critics, Mayor of the City of Atlanta and arts councils in Georgia, Massachusetts and Maryland. Commissions for her work have come from the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Augusta Museum of Art, Grinnell College, Emory University, American Festival Project, Smithsonian’s Discovery Theatre, Boston Dance Umbrella, American Festival Project, Columbia College, New Orleans Ballet Dance Collective, Florida Dance Festival and more.
As a solo touring artist from 1983-2003, her work has been produced from coast to coast in venues ranging from concert halls and museums; rock clubs and grange halls. Her most recent production, The Annunciation… sort of, was performed by an intergenerational and interdisciplinary cast of 31 performers and musicians. She is the co-author and choreographer from the national touring production of Women + War and guest collaborating artist for the one-year Living Darwin project at Virginia Tech.
Miller as been the director of the Choreographer’s Lab at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival since 1995. She holds a Masters in Fine Arts from Hollins University/American Dance Festival. www.celestemiller.com