Berries and Bulls


In Berries and Bulls, four people vibrating on different frequencies try to connect. They misread signals; push touching to extremes; and taunt each other into playing physically risky games. The stakes are high for these relationships to fail. But, by tipping reality on its side — with a few personal and fantastical stories — the performers find an entry point for communicating and questioning: How much can we rely on others? How will we endure together over time? Peter Petralia (Dramaturge), Kay Cummings (Advisor), and four performers (Jeffrey Duval, Kevin Ho, Emily Pope-Blackman and Petra van Noort) join choreographer Tiffany Mills to examine interpersonal relationships. For the Tank, an excerpt from a mid-section of Berries and Bulls will be shown by Ho and Pope-Blackman.) Catch Berries and Bulls as an evening length work at BAM Fisher May 30-June 2, 2013.

Tiffany Mills is a choreographer, teacher, performer, and artistic director of the NYC-based Tiffany Mills Company. Her work focuses on human relationships and is grounded in partnering. Her exploration is fueled by collaboration across mediums. Mills moved to NYC in 1995 and formed the Company in 2000, (she has created 21 works to date). The Company’s collaborative work has been performed in NYC, nationally and internationally at: Guggenheim Museum Works & Process, Duke on 42nd Street, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Dance Theater Workshop, P.S.122, Joyce SoHo, HERE, Wexner Center for the Arts (OH), Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Time Based Arts Festival (OR), Contemporary Dance Theater (OH), Dance Place (DC), and in Mexico, Canada and Russia. Mills’ guest teaching includes: Trisha Brown, DNA, ACDFA, and universities nationally. Recent awards include: BAM Professional Development Program (Administered by BAM and DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center, 12-13), Joyce/Mellon Anchor Tenant Program (11-present), Baryshnikov Residency (10), DNA Residency (10), BAX Space Grant (09), Joyce Residency (07-08), Field Residency (08), LMCC Swing Space (12, 08-09), Bogliasco and Jerome Robbins Fellowships (07), Pentacle’s Help Desk (05-06), HERE’s Artist Residency (02-03), Dance/NYC Advisory Board (02-03), ACDFA Adjudicator (04, 07), TPAC/LMCC Space Grant (05-06), UO Alumni Awards (05-06), and Bates Emerging Choreographer (98). Company funding includes: Evelyn Sharp, Harkness, LMCC/FFCC, LMCC/MCAF, DCA, BAC/DCA, BAC/JPMC, Bossak/Heilbron, Sorin Charitable Trust, Puffin, Meet the Composer and American Music Center. Mills hails from Eugene, OR (BA University of Oregon Honors College 92, MFA Ohio State 95). Catch the Company for their next NYC Season at BAM Fisher May 30-June 2, 2013.

Kevin Ho currently resides in NYC where he has been touring and teaching internationally with the dance-theater group: Tiffany Mills Company since May of 2010. Most recently he has also served as guest lecturer at Barnard College (of Columbia University), Manhattanville College and San Francisco State University teaching Experiential Applied Anatomy & Kinesiology and Dance Improvisation. Born originally in NYC, Kevin had the wonderful privilege of growing up around the world in such energetic spaces as Shanghai, Madrid, Seoul, Taipei, San Diego, and San Francisco. After graduation from the University of California, San Diego with an HONORS in contemporary dance, he went on receive the 2007 Stewart Prize in Choreography as well as the 2006 ArtsBridge America Scholarship for arts-community outreach in Southern California. This global experience gave rise to a political consciousness that continues to inspire and speak stories of resistance to him wherever he dances. Kevin is deeply committed to the daily discipline of movement engagement and performance research specifically in the mediums of [Contact] improvisation and dance academic scholarship. Having 15+ years of training across the board in classical ballet/modern dance, yoga, martial arts, wrestling, figure skating, and gymnastics, he is extremely excited to share the joy of residing in one’s present body with everyone around him. In 2012, Kevin had the pleasure of performing for Steve Paxton during his ‘Some Sweet Day’ residency (curated by Ralph Lemon) at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in Manhattan. He continues to perform/teach bi-coastally both in NYC & San Francisco. And he loves to cook!

Emily Pope-Blackman is a performing artist, teacher, choreographer, and video artist. She is an alumni of the North Carolina School of the Arts (1991). She received her BFA in Dance Performance/Choreography from The Ohio State University (1997) and her MFA in Dance/Choreography from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts (2007). She has performed/toured with Malcolm Low, johannes wieland, Gerald Casel, Bridget Moore Dance, Chimaera Physical Theater, BalletMet Ohio, and Charleston Ballet Theatre. She currently performs with White Wave Young Soon Kim Dance Company, Hilary Easton + Co., Tamar Rogoff Productions, and Douglas Dunn and Dancers. She created HoverBound Productions in 2006, and her choreography and video work has been produced in New York at The DUMBO Dance Festival, Wave Rising Series, Cool NY Festival, St. Mark’s Church, Mulberry Street Theatre, Chez Bushwick, 3rd Ward, and The TANK. She is extremely excited to perform Berries and Bulls in 2013 at BAM for the Tiffany Mills Company!