Past Run of the Mills

Boston Center for the Arts hosts Run of the Mills, a series of intermittent, short duration exhibitions, performances and events of all stripes in which the BCA’s Mills Gallery is given over to our creative colleagues to explore art that defies categorization.

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Sliver Foxes

Sliver Foxes | Liz Roncka & Jason Sanford

Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 8 pm Performance

Sunday, April 2,2017 | 2–3:30 pm Workshop | Free Public Program

Sliver Foxes return to Boston Center for the Arts for Run of the Mills, the innovative program in which BCA turns over the keys to Mills Gallery to artists and performers for art that defies definition. Explore where sound meets movement and performance meets installation with Sliver Foxes. Built from everyday objects like folding chairs, cardboard tubing or boxes built of recycled wood and transformed into musical instruments, these interactive sound sculptures are activated by human movement! The Mills Gallery will be activated through live performance by the Sliver Foxes, guest artists and audience participation, then a workshop will be offered on instrument construction and the creation of movement in an interactively sonic environment.

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Searching for a Phase Change | LaneCoArts

Saturday, October 1, 2016 | 8 pm
Sunday, October 2, 2016 | 3 pm

In Searching for a Phase Change, choreographer Lane Gifford explores the concept of contemporary communication in a collaboration with visual artist Yang Jiemin, and dissects the actions of correspondence, imagery on paper and letter writing, which preceded the development of mechanized communication. In today’s technology-driven world, LaneCoArts examines the intricacies and implications inherent in the action of writing and its relevance to our contemporary landscape of high velocity industrialization and digital advancement.

A “phase change” describes a transformative action in nature which allows changes in states of composition and chemical make-up such as the conversion of liquid, solid or gas. In Searching for a Phase Change, dance and writing represent distinct “phases.” LaneCo and Jiemin juxtapose these two separate components, movement and words, to create the through-line of the piece. The key third component is the audience and their participation in this entire “phase change.” Searching for a Phase Change searches for a convergence of parts through the generative processes of communication. The distinct elements collide and intersect as LaneCoArts shapes one working system from various behavioral, stylistic, physical and dramatic parts.

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Boring Angel Trailer, recorded live at Boston Center for the Arts, Camera by Sunny Mind Productions, edited by Ethan Kiermaier.

The Plastic Practitioner | Boring Angel

Friday, April 1, 2016 | 8 pm
Saturday, April 2, 2016 | 8 pm

The April 2016 BCA Run of the Mills featured Boring Angel: The Plastic Practitioner, a multidisciplinary dance-based performance by a group of artists spanning Maine, New York and Massachusetts.

Through dance, visual design, text and sound, Boring Angel presents a shifting visual and sonic landscape where events, bodies and minds emerge and disappear in a non-hierarchical space of multiplicity and radical empathy. The work proposes a reflection of how humans perform themselves and asks us to reconsider how we interface, consume and coexist with the human and non-human world around and inside us.  Performance by choreographers/performers Asher Woodworth (Portland, ME) and Hana van der Kolk (Troy, NY), featuring technical design by Ethan Kiermaier (Northampton, MA) and original costumes by Laura Andrighetti (Troy, NY).

Friday, April 1 | 8 pm
Saturday, April 2 | 8 pm
Mills Gallery at the BCA | 551 Tremont Street Boston 02116

Experiential Boredom

Part of the Boston Center for the Arts Run of the Mills program
In partnership with the New Movement Collaborative

How we think shapes how we move, how we dance shapes how we think. Paying attention to the relationship between dancing and thinking might positively destabilize our interactions with ourselves, each other, and the material world around us. Asher Woodworth and Hana van der Kolk facilitate an experimental dance workshop that explores just that.

Informed in their approach by such dance innovators as Min Tanaka and Deborah Hay, and by a shared dedication to meditation, improvisational dance practices, community-building, and feminist thought and action, this workshop is open to movers of all types.

Saturday, April 2 | 4–6 pm
Mills Gallery at the BCA
551 Tremont Street | Boston

No dance experience necessary, all are welcome ages 15 and up


Funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

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OFF GRID | Nate Tucker

Saturday, September 26, 2015 | 6 pm

Join the BCA for an evening of music and dance that invites the audience to be part of a music video live filming. Percussionist and composer Nate Tucker premieres his collection of music videos and releases his new CD, OFF GRID. The first part of the evening will include an immersive filming of Life’s Node, a section of OFF GRID with live music and dance. Audience members will be in the video! The second part of the event—CD release party!—features a screening of OFF GRID music videos throughout the gallery and a pop-up performance of Life’s Node.

Saturday, September 26, 2015
Mills Gallery at the BCA

6 pm | VIP event | live audience music video shoot
Immersive filming of the last section of OFF GRID with live music and dance

Want to be in a music video? We want your help! Every track off album Off Grid has a music video… EXCEPT the final track.

Join us on September 26 at Boston Center for the Arts for the official release of Off Grid, where we will shoot the remaining music video. Dance improvisation legend Oliver Besson and three other dancers will move throughout the Mills Gallery as Nate Tucker interacts with a robotic musical instrument.

Audience members will not only witness this creative process; they will also have the opportunity to participate by moving lights, adjusting scenery, and engaging with the dancers.

VIP participants will also receive a copy of the Off Grid CD, the full DVD once it’s complete with YOU in the last video!, and two free drinks at the event.

The second part of the event—CD release party!—features a screening of OFF GRID music videos throughout the gallery and a pop-up performance of Life’s Node.

8 pm | CD release party! Free event
Premiere viewing of OFF GRID music videos projected across the gallery walls.
Flash performance of Life’s Node
Cash Bar for 21+ guests

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