What Makes Performing Arts Possible? Part One - CircusTalk

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What Makes Performing Arts Possible? Part One

ming arts have been a powerful human ritual for millennia. The Washington Post recently published a beautiful, interactive online piece called “This is Your Brain on Art”. In it, the viewer is taken through a series of animations, videos and texts that demonstrate and explain the science of why performing arts have such a unique and important effect on the human brain. The conclusion? When people are en masse, sharing a highly controlled experience like performance, we create a form of collective consciousness that nurtures our needs for finding meaning, social connecting, and emotional processing. Pretty powerful stuff. Unlike its origins in open air amphitheatres, performing arts today is a very costly endeavor. Why? First, regardless of whether it’s theatre, dance, circus, or a hybrid genre, performing arts are forced to op...
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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. www.nickimiller.com