Choreographer I Curator I Producer

AMANDA HAMELINE

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CHOREOGRAPHY: I am a choreographer and producer of multidisciplinary performance in movement, text, video, and music. My artistic work and aesthetic stems from a lifelong fascination with societal norms. For a white cisgender woman like me, these norms both benefit and chafe. They are at once a supreme aspiration and supremely vapid—two themes I explore through choreography. I am drawn to the cycle of striving for an ideal, inevitably failing, and recognizing the mundanity of the entire struggle. I am inspired by things that keep going: repetitive loops, Superstudio’s Supersurface, mathematical equations, and human beings. My work invites and entertains the question, why?

I am drawn to effort. The effort of putting yourself back together after falling apart—the effort of living. My movement style has been described as frenetic and jolting, alternating, or looping, between movements of held tension and collapse.

My creative practice also loops outside of the performance at hand. I pair academic research with physical composition in the studio. And I create annotated bibliographies for each new work in order to share my research with collaborators and audiences. 

Appreciating the vapidity of societal norms, I play with humor and the everyday, which shine through darker themes. I use pacing and contrast to create comedy. I incorporate the popular music, TV commercials, and bright imagery that have lit up Western society for over a century. My practice engages with the absurdity of these everyday materials to expose and communicate the charming, unyielding strangeness of life.


PRODUCTION: Amanda Hameline is a co-founder of the non-profit production company, Amanda + James. Amanda + James works to provide a space for a growing community of young artists to foster their creative drive, to refine ideas into finished productions, and to collaborate with their peers. The environment is interdisciplinary by nature, and the company strives to make conversation between rising artists from as many walks of life as possible. Amanda + James has presented dancer, opera, theater, music and combinations of all these genres at Pioneer Works, National Sawdust, the Hotel Chelsea, Ars Nova, Bas Fisher Invitational, and many other venues from New York to Miami. Through Amanda + James, Amanda has also developed a curated interdisciplinary programs for emerging artists such as Pollinate and Dance +

BIO: Amanda has presented evening-length work and split-bills in venues across New York City including CPR-Center for Performance Research, National Sawdust, Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, and Martha Graham Studio Theater; and in Berlin at Lake Studios. She has also developed site-specific pieces for a variety of non-traditional performance spaces such as Christie’s New York, Pace Gallery, the Chelsea Hotel and in Miami at RAW Pop Up and The Moore Building. Her film work has been featured in the Triskelion Dance Film Festival, ScreenDance Miami, Exquisite Frame (Dance Place in DC), and Triskelion Dance Film Festival (NY). 

In September 2021 Amanda will return to Lake Studios in Berlin for a one-month developmental and tech residency. During her time there she will continue creating her newest work Walking After, a multimedia performance piece that combines dance, video art, geometry, and conceptual architecture to investigate the brutal and absurd reality of time.  In January 2022 she will attend a residency at the Rockefeller Bros Fund Pocantico Center to develop NightBirds, a new work of dance and live opera centered around the compositions of Oliver Messiaen. Amanda holds an MFA in Dance from Sarah Lawrence (2020) and a BA (magna cum laude) in American History and Literature from Harvard (2012). 

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"Amanda Hameline's choreography is abstract and lucid at the same time."  
-New York Theater Review
"Forceful ... potent ... an intense exploration of female empowerment."  
-Playstosse.com, on Caenis

2019 Dance and Choreography Reel