Walking After

Where would I be if after birth I just started walking? What if, as it has sometimes felt, my life were one-directionally forward-moving with only momentary glimpses of progress? Jace Weyant and I (Amanda Hameline) have decided to ask these questions by creating Walking After, a new work based on the following principles:  

  1. We each started walking in a straight line when we were born.

  2. We are walking on the Supersurface, a conceptual, architectural project proposed by the Italian avant garde architectural group Superstudio in 1972. 

  3. We meet at some point, which will be determined through a mathematical equation and interpreted through the choreographic process. 

  4. We dance the same dance in as many different locations as possible. 

  5. “Everydayness appears only in the interstices of the gridlines”

It is a piece about the brutal reality of time and the imaginative contortions that shape our perception of time made by two people, aged 31 and 20, who are definitely too young to comment on such a concept, but still will.

Premiered January 8, 2021 online as a part of Dance + the Internet, curated and produced by Amanda + James. 

Amanda will continue to develop the piece during a residency at Lake Studios in Berlin, Germany in September 2021 along with Anna Hull (in person) and Jace Weyant (virtually). 

Jace Weyant: Jace Weyant is a performance and video artist based in New York City. They studied dance in high school at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and they currently study mathematics and dance at Sarah Lawrence College. They have been recognized as a Youngarts Finalist in choreography and a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Jace has been working with Amanda Hameline for the past few years making both live and video performances.

Anna Hull: Anna Hull is a New York City based dance and movement artist. She graduated as a Bella Lewitsky award winner from Idyllwild Arts Academy in 2014, and received her BFA in dance from Cornish College of the Arts in 2017. Anna has trained with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, The American Dance Festival, Ate9 Dance Company, and at the Gaga Intensive in Tel Aviv, Israel. She has performed works by Danielle Agami, LeeSaar, Kyle Abraham, Alex Ketley, and Deborah Wolf. In 2017, under the direction of Amanda Hameline, she began collaborating and performing with the production company, Amanda + James, on the full-length electronic dance opera, ‘Lazer Eyes’. Today, Anna continues her work as a dance artist for Amanda + James, and in addition she enjoys dancing in various freelance projects and creating her own movement based studies.