Nicki Miller

(also credited as Nicole Valerie Miller) is an interdisciplinary poetic storyteller.
Based in NYC, she is an aerial theatre artist, visual artist, movement coach/educator, and writer.

Photo by Jami Saunders

She is co-founding artistic director of Only Child Aerial Theatre (ASYLUM NYU Skirball CN:ICE, Framework INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival). Her work as aerial designer and choreographer has most notably been included in Ripe Time’s The World is Round at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) directed by Rachel Dickstein.

She has also been a resident artist at Cirkus Cirkör (Sweden), the 2016/17 New Victory LabWorks Program, the Santa Barbara Floor to Air Festival, Circus Sessions at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre, the Contemporary Circus Arts Festival of Toronto, and was the recipient of the Glenn P. Davis Aerial Choreographer’s scholarship award for the 2018 Frequent Flyers’ Aerial Dance Festival in Colorado. In 2017 she spent two months in Europe assisting and observing projects at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Shakespeare's Globe, as well as advanced training with Frantic Assembly. She also completed a creative residency in Sweden, where she also shadowed Cirkus Cirkör director Olle Strandberg on the premiere of his new show Under.  

An aerialist constantly researching how to mitigate years of old scoliosis-related injuries, she has become a movement nerd. She is certified in Functional Range Conditioning, PRI Myokinematic Restoration, and has been a practitioner/student of the gaga movement language since 2017. Using the science and somatics of these movement languages, Nicki is in the midst of a deep dive research into a physically holistic and sustainable approach to practicing aerial arts.

Nicki also regularly attends performances, performing arts festivals, classes and conferences. Because she is an observer of patterns and critical thinker, her involvement in multiple contexts has led to her becoming a contributing writer for, as well as a liaison for likeminded professionals in the international aerial, theatre, and dance communities.

Nicki’s visual art practice emerged with a vengeance in 2018 after years of dabbling. While navigating injury and health challenges in 2018 and 2019, collaging became her non-physical creative practice for poetic storytelling outside of aerial theatre. Her collage practice is now in direct dialogue with her performance making process.

Upcoming/Most Recent:

  • November 13, 2019 7:30pm Flesh & Blood: NEW aerial theatre excerpt, workshop premiere No Holds Barred, Dixon Place NYC

  • October 28, 2019 4pm Panelist: American Contemporary Circus in NYC & Philadelphia: Noted circus artists, presenters, and educators from two US circus communities discuss training, creation, and how to connect contemporary American circus with urban audiences. Curated & moderated by Ruth Wikler (TOHU/Montréal Complètement Cirque Festival) at CUNY Segal Center

  • October 2019 (Just Remember to Notice): A Collage Show by Nicki Miller (The West Brooklyn)

  • June 22-23, 2019 Performer, Different Trains (ABCirque, The Muse Brooklyn)

  • May 9-17 2019 Third Brooklyn Arts Council Grant to co-create and direct the original multidisciplinary, aerial theatre production TwoFold

  • January 2019, May 2019 Assistant director of 5th Wall Studio's Breaking Surface in NYC.   

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