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Her brain keeps transmitting dance

Brain Is Radio photo by Joseph Lambert
Ask Ashleigh Miller how she came up with her title for “Brain is a Radio” and she’ll tell you that it is all about “opening yourself up.”  She describes her current work, labeled a dance/media performance, as “like a radio, you’re tuning into different channels to hear what you can.”

Created by Miller with Faunix Media, the immersive auditory and visual experience opens tonight (April 14), 8 p.m., at Velocity Dance Center Founder’s Theater. Two more performances will be given tomorrow at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

A Washington native, Miller “grew up dancing” in Redmond and went to New York University Tisch School of the Arts. While there, injuries sidelined her dancing for awhile. That led to spending more time on music and composing. For “Brain is a Radio,” she’s part of the Floraform, creating psychoacoustic music along with Travis Corwin and Ben Grieshaber.

Back in Seattle since 2013, Miller says she is excited to see how the local dance scene continues to expand. “More and more dancers are coming to Seattle and there’s new audiences too.  It’s not just the same 200 people showing up at every show,” she notes. 

Video gaming and the general tech nerd nature of the city also influences her work. With abstract characters and morphing patterns connected to coding algorithms, “Brain is a Radio” offers a chance to connect technology and dance to human experience.

While “kind of notorious for not giving myself enough time,” Miller feels that this piece had the luxury of developing more slowly with her company.  “We’ve been considering ideas for almost two years,” she says. “My dancers did a lot of durational, improvisational work together to figure out what would work.”

The months and then days running up to opening were “a good whirlwind” and Miller looks forward to taking some time outside of the city once the show closes. Then she’ll be back looking for new ways to “do big things on a tiny budget” and considering the next logical move for her company and herself. 

“I would like to travel.  Seattle is a wonderful bubble but it is a bubble,” she notes. “We have a dancer from Amsterdam, I’d like to go there. I’d love to go back to New York.” But home will remain the Seattle dance community.