Tiffany Mills and Mei Yamanaka in Mills' work After the Feast. Photo by Julie Lemberger.
Dancing Labs Resident Artist
Tiffany Mills is a choreographer and artistic director of the NYC-based Tiffany Mills Company, which she created in 1995 and incorporated in 2000.
Mills’ process of creation is collaborative, ensemble-based, and multidisciplinary. She collaborates to blur lines between mediums and to discover layered methods of constructing dances (drawn from partnering, improvisation, and somatic modalities). When meaning emerges from form, Mills takes command of the work, directing the dancers and the precise shape, emotion and character of the choreography. The work often focuses on the vulnerability of being human through investigating themes of communication, connection, relationship, exposure, breakdown, and transformation. Mills celebrates differences amongst the performers. She challenges the audience to be in an active role — to participate, experience, absorb and respond.
The company was selected by BAM, in collaboration with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management (DVIAM) at the Kennedy Center, to participate in the inaugural session of BAM’s Professional Development Program, which culminated in a NYC Season at the BAM Fisher (2013). The company’s past collaborative work has been presented at: PICA’s TBA Festival (OR), Wexner Center (OH), Contemporary Dance Theater/NPN (OH), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Residency (MA), Dance Place (DC), Guggenheim Museum Works & Process Series, and many others. The company holds an annual winter and summer intensive (2006-present), and Mills is a frequent guest teacher around the country.
Mills came to NCCAkron in November 2019 to participate in Dancing Lab: Physically Integrated Dance, which brought together AXIS Dance Company (Oakland, CA), Dancing Wheels Company (Cleveland, OH), Mills, and Nichole Canuso for a week of exploration in dance and disability.