Department of Theater and Dance
Miraym Moutillet

Miryam Moutillet

Job Title
Gustave L. Davis '59 and Susan S. Davis Director of Dance, Senior Artist in Residence
Henle Dance Pavilion 107
Preferred pronouns
Theater & Dance, Africana Studies

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Areas of interest

Ballet; choreography; Asian studies


Miryam Moutillet danced Russian Classics and Balanchine works internationally with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. In 1980, she co-founded with Edward Lock, La La La Human Steps, a worldly dynamic and eccentric post-modern dance company.

During the 80s and 90s, she created One Woman Shows presented nationally and internationally. She was an actress in theater productions, performed in music videos and films. In Canada, she collaborated with visual artists, and many avant-garde French Canadian dance and theater companies.
As a lecturer, she taught at the University of Concordia, The Banff School of Fine Arts, in Cultural Houses and Museums around Canada. During the 90s, she periodically lived in Japan and mastered the Traditional Hanayagi Japanese dance style.

At Union College, Miryam Moutillet created the minor in dance (2005) and established the dance program. Her minor includes courses in history, choreography, and explorations in theater, film and dance. Each year, she conceptualizes and directs an original winter dance show. She also invites a professional dance company for the annual Stephanie C. Davis Dance Residency and a variety of guest artists for master classes and workshops. Biannually, she has led the Bali mini-term that focuses on the intensive study in both gamelan (the Balinese orchestra of gongs and xylophones) and Balinese dance.

As a choreographer, she likes to push boundaries and create works based on concepts that reveal human aspirations. As a teacher, she aims to conduct classes in diverse dance styles to emphasize the act of dancing. As a Director, Miryam explores the many possibilities of the performing arts, reaching for a contemporary vision of the world.

Academic credentials

B.S., Skidmore College