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issue 13 |APRIL|
Marygrace Phillips makes dances and reads books. She thinks mostly on desire, embodiment and Time.
Okwae A. Miller is an Atlanta-based professional dancer, emerging choreographer whose mission is to create research-based interdisciplinary work rooted in personal identity, history and the universal human experience. Highly graphic and expressively pure, Miller's regard to identity politics and creative environments are informative through the texture of movement, creative process and the use of collaborative efforts.
Representing a diverse movement background, he has trained in Classical Ballet, Cunningham, Humphrey, Limon, Horton, Graham and Afro-Cuban techniques. Mr. Miller began his training under the direction of Marian Turner-Hopkins at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 2011. He has also studied at the Duke University Dance Program under the direction of Andrea Woods-Valdes, the American Dance Festival School and The Ailey School. In 2014, Miller was the Fellow Artist at Spelman College and in 2015 he was awarded a residency at the WORKROOM sponsored by The Lucky Penny. He has performed and trained with several acclaimed artists including Troy Powell, Brenda Daniels, Elizabeth Roxas, Shani Collins, Amanda K. Miller, Cedar Lake Ballet, and Atlanta-based choreographers Blake Beckham and T. Lang Dance.
Okwae A. Miller's choreography has been featured in several festivals and events along the eastern coast, including All Out Arts Fresh Fruit Festival, Triangle Dance Festival for AIDS, Spelman College and the 2016 Southeastern ACDA Conference at Emory University. Most recently, he premiered his research based work CARVEDimages:all of the women. in me. are tired. at the 22nd Annual MAD Festival. Miller established in own performance company Okwae A. Miller & Artists in August 2016.
Facebook: Okwae A. Miller & Artists (@okwaemillerarts)
Emma Alley is an artist and healer in Atlanta, Georgia. Her work dwells in the world of the body. She is interested in what can be revealed and shifted through touch, space, intention, and gesture.
Emma received her BFA in Dance from Florida State University, where she was educated in traditional dance techniques as well as healing systems such as Pilates, GAGA, and Gyrokinesis. Her mission is to use movement as a tool for inspiration, healing, empowerment, and connection. She does this through the teaching of yoga, pranic (energy) healing, dance experiment, meditation, and performance. She is currently focused on generating solo projects, but also works collaboratively with other creators in Atlanta.
Erin Oakley is a writer and community builder living in Atlanta. She spends an ungodly amount of time documenting the afternoon sunlight in her bedroom and searching for proof of human kindness. She believes in sleep hygiene, legacy, and abundance.
photo by Lindsey Glass-Deshmukh