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What Makes Performing Arts Possible? Part Two

In part one to this story, I presented an outline of how performing arts education and production is supported differently in different wealthy countries around the world. A lot of the information in that article demonstrates the unique difficulties of producing non-commercial work, especially with younger art forms like contemporary circus and physical theatre, in America.
Thus, as an American aerial theatre artist, full of questions and hungry for perspective, I ventured on what I call a 6 week Euro-romp. I set up opportunities to shadow prominent directors in theatre and circus, talk to professionals, observe rehearsals and do some of my own creative residency time. I intended to both bring my perspective and experience to my international colleagues processes, and also learn from them ways to cultivate some hope for the future of the field in the States. Roots I have always had a stubborn enthusiasm for high quality, imaginative, compelling performing arts, and I’ve always dreamed big. Over the years, my fascination with theatre and contemporary circus has inspired all kinds of unexpected journeys. For example, without any gymnastics or athletic background I decided to become an aerialist when I was 23 years old. With no interest in business, I started a company to enable the production of my own aerial theatre work. When I began...
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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