My name is Rachael Riggs Leyva, dance artist and archivist. This blog follows my work with the Bebe Miller Collection archive during Summer 2011. Through an archive fellowship funded by the Dance Heritage Coalition, I processed materials and digitized the collection’s finding aid into the OSU Libraries catalogue. I also experimented as an “archivist in the studio” with the Bebe Miller Company during their residency at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The company was simultaneously exploring how to mine, document, and archive the evolution of their creative process, and developing a new dance work, A History. As an embedded archivist, I supported their journey with integrating archival practice with creative process, which they later developed into an artist-driven archive, Dance Fort.
The Bebe Miller Company archive is housed in The Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute within the OSU Libraries at The Ohio State University.