Visually and mentally stimulating, Miro Dance Theatre is a fusion of contemporary dance and visual art designed to rewire how we see things. Using projected images, multi-screen video installations, documentary film, gallery installations, traditional and non-traditional story telling techniques, the spoken word, live bands, and a spectrum of diverse movement vocabulary, MDT prides itself on juxtapositions based on creative collaboration and a fearless perspective.
Founded in 2004 by dancer and choreographer Amanda Miller and video/visual artist Tobin Rothlein, the company explores the intersections between these art forms. Miller, who was previously a dancer with the Pennsylvania Ballet, has her movement aesthetic matched by Rothlein’s ability to construct a theatrical experience. Consistently innovative and provocative, a work like Civilian/Warrior is a perfect example of their sophisticated combinations of talent, bringing hip hop master Rennie Harris and Seattle-based choreographer Maureen Whiting together with a former army sergeant and a classically trained Indian dancer. The startling visuals meld with spoken word and movement to create a riveting experience.
MDT bends all the rules in performances like their Mash-Up Series, in which rock bands combine with dance to create inspired improvisation. From political observation to bawdy satire, MDT keeps audiences on their toes; their collaborations, partnerships, workshops, and residencies make stimulating fodder. (MK)
Miro Dance Theatre Information
- Public Transportation: Varies by venue
- Handicapped Accessibility: Depends on venue
- Performances/Programs: 2–3 per season with multiple performances of some
- Ticket Prices: Range widely from free–$25
- Membership: Friend of Miro (up to $100); Supporting the Movement ($100–$499); Thriving Artist Fund ($500–$999); Innovation Circle ($1,000–$1,999); The Future Fund ($2,000+). Depending on level, benefits include a complimentary Philadelphia Is Dancing calendar; invitation to a private coffee reception with the company dancers and artistic directors; invitations to rehearsals; receive a producer credit; invitations for a private dinner with the artistic directors; and more.