Scarlet Guest Collaborators

Scarlet Guest Collaborators Preston Miller of The United Artists Initiative, Chicago Artist Kylla Pate, and Ballet 5:8’s Julianna Slager will craft a story that brings the innovation of 21st century cinema together with the transcendent beauty of narrative ballet.

Rounding out the set of disciplines involved in this brave new approach to ballet is a score by American modernist composer Charles Ives. The elements of music, poetry and silence will be juxtaposed with dance and film to create an inner world for Hawthorne’s character that echoes and amplifies their thoughts.


Preston Miller

Chicago native Preston Miller is the
Founder and Artistic Director of
The United Artists Initiative.

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Miller earned his degree in dance from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater/Fordham University B.F.A. program, where he became the first student to receive a concentration in choreography and dance. Miller's choreography has been performed by many companies including Grand Rapids Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and by members of New York City Ballet. In 2014, Miller become known his short film Enemy Within featuring an unlikely group of top performing artists - YouTube sensation Marquese Scott, New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peck, former Alvin Ailey dancer Matthew Rushing, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet's Samantha Figgins. The film was called "daring and appealing" by the Washington Post, while the NY Times said that "all four dancers spoke of the experience as pushing their art to new levels." Miller's most recent project was the first of its kind, a Digital Ballet - made specifically to be watched online. First Love premiered early in 2016 and featured dancers from Ailey, Lubovitch, Ballet Hispanico and the Dance Theater of Harlem (Newsweek).


Kylla Pate

Chicago Artist, Writer
Communications Specialist

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Kylla Pate is currently pursing her bachelor's degree in Communication Arts from Trinity Christian College. Pate is the Social Media Director and Content Creator for The Odyssey, a social discovery platform - a site "built to capture the ideas of many and organically amplify those viewpoints to users around the world, using a hybrid model that incorporates the best aspects of social networking and publishing." Pate is also the editor of Under the Bridge, a bi-annual student publication published at Trinity.