Choreographer I Curator I Producer
CHOREOGRAPHY: My ideas often come from a book, a prop or an image; a mid-century manual of social etiquette, a piñata, or a woman sitting under a table with a cake. Focused on that object, I work with movement and text to create comical, dark, strongly narrative experiences. Combining gestural tics with quivers, jolts, and expressions inspired by the waking edge of the subconscious, my work tends naturally toward the frenetic. The allure, the fear, and the emotional volatility of the archetypal woman is at the foundation of my method, and pervades the content of my work. I find that the language of dance and the lineage of hysteria share a common ancestor.
My work has premiered at Christie's, Pace Gallery, National Sawdust, Triskelion Arts, Martha Graham Studio Theater, the Hotel Chelsea, Dixon Place, Ars Nova, and more.
PRODUCTION: Amanda Hameline is a co-founder of the non-profit production company, Amanda + James. Through monthly meetings, 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.
BIO: Amanda was born and raised in New York City and currently lives in Brooklyn. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Dance at Sarah Lawrence under the direction of John Jasperse. Amanda also works as the producer and co-curator of Next@Graham, Martha Graham Dance Company's emerging choreographer festival and is a grant writer for Martha Graham and Dorrance Dance. Amanda graduated from Harvard University in 2012 with a B.A. in American History and Literature. Contact: amanda.hameline[at]gmail.com