This week we welcome Stephanie Miracle in her new performance Treasure Heart in response to the theme of “memory” and the verse of Luke 2:19.
Treasure Heart by Stephanie Miracle
From the Artist
Luke 2:19 is a mysterious passage to me. It is oddly placed in the middle of a narrative: it is the middle of the night, angels are singing, Christ has just been born and the shepherds have come to worship the newborn Savior. And then, in the middle of the scene, Luke interrupts the account to give us a tiny window into Mary’s heart. A small pause and then the story of the shepherds continues.
I chose the German translation of the verse because it highlights movement rather than static meditation or contemplation. I imagine a mix of uncertainty and awe tumbling inside of Mary. And I imagine that the tumbling continues well beyond that moment but continues to return throughout her whole life; kind of like a motion sickness that is more wonderful than awful. Unlike the shepherds who tell the town of all they have seen and heard Mary does not seem to have really any clear or concrete words just an incommunicable sense of …
How do you deal with something so ineffable? Like the memory of a home you have never actually lived in… like the scent of the sweetest flower in a reoccurring dream… like the melody of a secret song you know by heart but can’t remember the words to…. like the feeling of being weightless though your feet are still resting on the ground….
Stephanie Miracle is an independent choreographer, performer and teaching artist currently based in the DC area. She grew up mostly in Tulsa, Ok and partially in Bamberg, Germany. After receiving her BA in Dance from Belhaven University in Jackson, MS she relocated to New York City where she spent several years performing and making her own work. Since 2011 she has created several works with her intergenerational company of dancers including Recollecting Disappearing (commissioned by the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and MetLife) and evening-length work Figure Eights with live score by composer David Schulman.
Using a movement palette ranging from gestural and pedestrian to highly physical and idiosyncratic Stephanie’s work investigates the intersections between the everyday and the invisible/spiritual through the relationships of body to body and body in space. Nonlinear narrative structures allow invites the audience to project their own memories and associations on to the performers. Inspired by film, cinematic devices are borrowed to frame and edit the dance into visually and emotionally rich compositions.
Stephanie is a Graduate Teaching Fellow at the University of Maryland where she is completing her MFA in Dance. When she is not dance she enjoys gardening and visits to the National Gallery with her husband, visual artist Jimmy Miracle.
Photo by Jimmy Miracle
This work was curated by Elizabeth Dishman.
This work is copyrighted by the artists and used here with permission.