I am a movement artist using the creation of interdisciplinary movement modalities and performance practices that center the body as an archive of collaborative ecosystems, memory, and mythology. My work gives voice to the body’s internal geographies: our memories and emotions, the things we hold both wanted and unwanted, the stories we tell and the ones told to or about us, and the ways that the body can serve as a landscape for healing. As an artist, it is my mission to re-wild the performance space to remind of the carrying capacity of the body, and to use movement as a holding space for the processing of memory, emotion, desire, intimacy, and violence. Our bodies are recording devices, mapping entire histories onto our physical form and creating pathways for our memories & experiences to travel and speak in community. Grounded in a multi-year collaboration with neuroscientists and psychologists, I know that the process of displaying the body on stage in full storytelling and vulnerability activates the meaning-making capacity of all who witness. This is the central tenet of my work.
Amanda has performed in such venues as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Place des Arts, New York Live Arts, Danspace and the Joyce Theater. She is a graduate of LaGuardia Arts High School and graduated summa cum laude from Purchase College, SUNY with a BFA in Dance, including a semester abroad at Amsterdamse Hoogeschool voor de Kunsten. She has collaborated with choreographers such as Teresa Fellion, Loni Landon, Nicole von Arx, and Nicole Wolcott.
As a student of the healing arts for the last five years, Amanda is in her third year of apprenticeship with master herbalist Robin Rose Bennett, and has received additional training from herbalists such as Sajah Popham, Rosemary Gladstar, and Marysia Miernowska. This herbal training has focused on reweaving the deep wisdom of the body, and Amanda uses consultations with clients to guide people home to their own physical knowledge of health and healing. Amanda is also certified in David Elliott's Breathwork methodology, an active breathing meditation used to reset the nervous system and assist in the processing of trauma. These two trainings have informed her process of using dance as a way to process memory and emotion through the body.
While at Purchase College, SUNY she began her research of dance making under the mentorship of Doug Varone. Her choreography has been shown at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Gallim Dance, the Actors Arts Fund, and Ailey Citigroup Theater. Her work has been commissioned by the National YoungArts Foundation, Grace Farms Foundation, and Bombshell Dance Project. She has received project support from the Jerome Foundation for her ongoing project and process developing movement modalities and performance practices for and with women who are processing the experience of sexual violence. She has held artist in residence positions at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Arts Center, Omi International Arts Center, and Keshet Arts Center. Amanda currently serves on faculty in the Dance Department at LaGuardia Arts High School, where she teaches Improvisation, and Choreography, and has been a guest teacher at NYU and Cooper Union School of Art. Amanda is the recipient of the prestigious Bert Terborgh Award, a 2012 YoungArts Winner, and a United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts.