Saying No in a Culture of Yes: Artists Building a Code of Ethics in the #MeToo Era - CircusTalk

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Saying No in a Culture of Yes: Artists Building a Code of Ethics in the #MeToo Era

As circus arts have increased in practice and popularity, many conversations within the circus community about representation, accessibility, and communication amongst different genders, races, and cultural perspectives are being called into review. Such discourse is reflective of an historical cultural moment that is happening on a global scale. In the performing arts sector, these issues take on a level of nuance that go beyond those of more traditional workplaces. The physical nature of our work, the vulnerability of creative process, the power dynamics in a production hierarchy, and other conventions of our field complicate the delineation of healthy boundaries and safe, inclusive spaces. Even legally, as freelance contractors, our rights are different than those are for employees of a business.
Photo by Christy Kissick for APAP The question of how to have healthy professional boundaries and dynamics in the creative sector inspired a new panel conversation to be offered at the annual Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) conference in NYC.  The Artists Building A Code of Ethics in the #MeToo Era session was described as being “In response to #MeToo and other social justice movements, artists and artistic communities are developing codes of ethics to hold themselves and others accountable, as instances of implicit bias and of explicit harassment gain greater rec...
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Nicki Miller

Nicki Miller is an NYC based director and performer known for her theatrical take on aerial arts. She is co-founding artistic director of Only Child Aerial Theatre (ASYLUM NYU Skirball CN:ICE, Framework INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival). Her work as aerial designer and choreographer has most notably been included in Ripe Time’s The World is Round at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) directed by Rachel Dickstein. Recently Nicki was assistant director of 5th Wall Studio's Breaking Surface in NYC. She has also been a resident artist at Cirkus Cirkör (Sweden), the 2016/17 New Victory LabWorks Program, the Santa Barbara Floor to Air Festival, Circus Sessions at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre, the Contemporary Circus Arts Festival of Toronto, and was the recipient of the Glenn P. Davis Aerial Choreographer’s scholarship award for the 2018 Frequent Flyers’ Aerial Dance Festival in Colorado. In 2017 Nicki spent two months in Europe assisting and observing projects at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Shakespeare's Globe, as well as advanced training with Frantic Assembly. She also completed a creative residency in Sweden, where she also shadowed Cirkus Cirkör director Olle Strandberg on the premiere of his new show Under. Nicki is a graduate of Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts. She is also a freelance director, aerial theatre consultant, and educator.