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Megan McKown-Miller at AHHA. Photo by Geoffrey Hicks.

Soluna Performing Arts Group has some of the most innovative ideas around. I’m proud to be part of this collective of dancers and artists, founded by Megan McKown-Miller in 2010, and I’m continually surprised and delighted by her approach to creating and presenting new work. Instead of establishing a company that has regular rehearsals, class, and so on, Soluna is intensely project-based, and the collective shows up in the most wonderful and unlikely places — an improv jam session with viDEo sAVant at the PAC, a Soulful Sundown service at All Souls Unitarian Church, at Mayfest’s Creative Culture Commons, at the Oklahoma Dance Film Festival, and most recently inside the I-beams and sheetrock of the under-construction Arts & Humanities Hardesty Arts Center (known as AHHA).

The AHHA project marks the latest of many collaborations between Miller and Geoffrey Hicks, a Tulsa-based filmmaker, photographer, and installation artist. Their aesthetic perspectives just click, and their work has a clean, spacious, elegant look. For this project, titled “Transformation,” McKown-Miller danced inside each floor of AHHA as it was being built; Hicks’ film captures both her movement and the construction around her. The building itself, the film shows, is a work of art — and at the same time it’s a space that’s growing to nurture the life of the artist, the creative soul of the community. There’s flow within the form, expression within the execution. It’s a beautiful concept, and I’m excited to see the finished product (of both the building and the film).

AHHA is scheduled to open in late 2012. For more information about the space and its mission, click here.

And keep your eyes open for Soluna. You never know where it’ll come out to play next.

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