Choreographer I Curator I Producer
CHOREOGRAPHY: I am a choreographer and producer of multidisciplinary performance. I employ movement, text, and video to investigate societal norms, and involve my own history as a white cis woman to probe how I have benefitted from and butted up against such norms. Growing up in NYC, I studied rhythm tap so rhythm and sound produced by the body are integral to my practice. Within rhythmic structures I often resort to loops and repetition of movement and text because ... everything repeats itself? My creative practice also loops between academic research and physical composition in the studio, and I create annotated bibliographies for each new work I develop in order to share my research with collaborators and audiences. Finally, my interest in the everyday often leads me to incorporate popular music, TV commercials, and other bright sounds and imagery that have made up the ever-present background of Western society for over a century. My practice involves engaging with the absurdity of these everyday materials in order to expose and communicate the charming and horrifying strangeness of life. I am a Master of Dance according to Sarah Lawrence (2020) and a Bachelor of Arts according to Harvard (2012).
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’s choreographic work has been presented at 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 created site-specific pieces for a variety of non-traditional performance spaces such as Christie’s New York, Pace Gallery, the Chelsea Hotel and the Moore Building (Miami). She, along with her production company Amanda + James, was recently awarded commissioning funds and a residency at the Pocantico Center to develop a new work centered around the music of Oliver Messiaen.