Friday, March 19, 2010

Celeste Miller dances around universal questions of purpose and place

Posted By on Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 5:06 PM

click to enlarge THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID: Celeste Miller (left) and Chip Epsten
  • THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID: Celeste Miller (left) and Chip Epsten

Celeste Miller is one of Atlanta's most accomplished homegrown performance artists. Since landing here in the early '70s, she's earned national recognition as a community-based choreographer and educator. Miller joins the ranks of a cadre of master artists who've chosen for their repertoire the rendering of a certain iconic subject: the Annunciation. Next week, as Christians start the nine-month countdown to Christmas, Miller will present The Annunciation...sort of: Mary says "no" at 7 Stages Theatre.

The Gospel of Luke and Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species provided inspiration for the choreographer. On the intersection of science and religion in the show, Miller says, "I'm not doing it to be provocative, but to present questions that encourage the audience to reconnect with their humanity." In her estimation, Darwin and Jesus were both revolutionary in shaping the course of human history and addressing the nagging universal questions of purpose and place.

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