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Renowned Performance Artist to Lead Workshop at Trent

Tim MillerTim Miller brings his extraordinary storytelling and performance art to Trent University on Friday, November 11, 2005.

Hailed for his humour and passion, Mr. Miller is an internationally acclaimed solo performer who uses dance, movement, drama and his body as tools in his storytelling. He will lead the storytelling and performance workshop, "Our Lives and the World Around Us."

The workshop is an opportunity for people to gather together and explore creating original performances, says Mr. Miller.

"My goal is to share a variety of strategies to create original performances from the tremendous energies and stories that are present in our lives. Using our own memories and myths as a jumping off point, we will see where a deep sense of personal history creates performance that jumps out from our bodies onto the stage or the page. Please bring your hearts and brains, hopes and fears," he says.

No performance experience is necessary. The workshop is part of a World Affairs Colloquium series sponsored by the Trent International Program and the Trent International Students Association.

Mr. Miller's performances often combine his social activism, mainly on gay and lesbian and HIV/AIDS issues, with his powerful ability to use his own story to reach out to the stories of others. He gained notoriety in the 1990s when conservative politicians in the United States used him as an example to cut funding to the National Endowment for the Arts. Mr. Miller fought the attack on his rights and took the case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

His solo theatre works have been presented all over North America, Australia and Europe and he has authored the book Shirts & Skin and Body Blows. Since 1990, Mr. Miller has taught performance in the theatre department at UCLA. He has also founded two of the most influential performance spaces in the U.S. – Performance Space 122 in New York City and Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, California.

While in Peterborough, Mr. Miller will perform two shows at Market Hall on Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12. He will also perform a "rant" at ArtSpace on November 12.

The Trent workshop will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. in Otonabee College, room 102. For more information, contact the TIP Office at 748-1314.

Posted November 7, 2005


































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