Artistic director of Miro Dance Theater, Amanda Miller has shown her work as a dancer and choreographer in venues ranging from England's Royal Opera House to New York's Whitney Museum of American Art. "I value dance, not for its surface pictures but for its fundamental insights into gravity, anatomy, and space," Miller says. It is this approach to movement that led to Miller's Center-supported choreographic research with Cambodian dance artist Sophiline Cheam Shapiro in Takhmao, Cambodia, which involved not only physical practice but critical analysis and reflection as well.
Choreographer Amanda Miller explored the movement of Cambodian classical dance as it intersects with Miller's western classical ballet training. This research took place in collaboration with Cambodian dance artist Sophiline Cheam Shapiro in Takhmao, Cambodia, and involved physical practice as well as critical analysis and reflection. Cheam Shapiro is the co-founder of the Khmer Arts Academy and one of the first graduates of Phnom Penh's Royal University of Fine Arts, following the Cambodian genocide under the Khmer Rouge. She has made a significant contribution to the preservation of traditional Cambodian dance forms and has been honored with Guggenheim and Irvine dance fellowships, as well as the 2006 Nikkei Asia Prize for Culture.