Photo by Franziska Strauss
Every morning on her way to dance rehearsal with the Batsheva Dance Ensemble, Andrea Miller would walk along the beach and breath in the cool, saline air. Hatayelet, Tel Aviv’s beach promenade, gave her a perfect view of the surfers.
“Surfers understand the world in this perfect way,” said Miller. “They understand that in the water, as in life, every wave has its momentum and you can’t fight against it. Within the wave, however, you have a choice. You create your own path.”
When Miller returned to New York to start her own dance company she called it Gallim. Hebrew for “waves,” the name refers to the unpredictability of the surf, and the relationship of movement to momentum. “My choreography reflects what is happening now — in my life, in the life of my company members, in the world. We can’t fight against the current, but we can choose how we move within it.”