BIOGRAPHY
Amanda Selwyn founded Notes in Motion/Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre in 2000 and in thirteen seasons, has directed over 30 productions, developed a network of artists, and created the curriculum for Notes in Motion Outreach Dance Theatre’s arts-in-education programs. Amanda’s choreographic works include: It's a Game, Detour, Five Minutes, Passage, Undercurrent, Hearsay, Interiors, Disturbance, Salut, Tilt, Tidal, Shift, Siren, Contradicting Unity, Save My Spot, Hold On, Momentum, and Behind Us. She has choreographed dance for Chicago's Motivity, a collective of modern choreographers; for theatre productions including House on Mango Street, Free to be You an Me, Once Upon a Mattress, The Wiz, Little Shop of Horrors, and Charlie & The Chocolate Factory; and for her original theatre productions which include Herland, Yellow Feather, and Slitting the Clouds. In addition to her choreographic work, Amanda has directed off-broadway theatre in NYC at John Houseman Studio, 30th Street Theatre, Grove Street Theatre, Kraine Theatre, Center Stage, and the Producer’s Club. Amanda teaches dance and theatre to New York City children and has been on faculty at independent schools including The Brearley School, Brooklyn Friends School, Beit Rabban School, Solomon Schechter School, and the New Acting Company. She has taught dance composition and technique at the Berkshire Institute for Music and Art and taught dance and theatre in Israel at the Israel Museum, English Village, and the Arad Community Center. Amanda led the workshop “Accessing Inspiration for Dance-Making” at the NYC Arts-in-Education Roundtable's 2007 Face to Face conference and "Teaching a Choreographic Process" at the 2008 and 2011 conferences. She presented her choreography at NYU’s Women and Theater conference in 2003. She is the recipient of grants from the NY State Council on the Arts, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Friars Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Community Arts Fund, Bronx Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Development Fund, and the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation. In 2008, Amanda participated in the Choreographer's Lab program at Jacob's Pillow in Beckett, MA. Her work has been presented twice on Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Stage, in the DUMBO Dance Festival, APAP Conference Showcases, the COOL NY Dance Festival, WestFest Dance Festival, Movement Research’s Performance Series, Dance Teacher Summit, Earth Celebrations, Dixon Place, and Pushing Progress at Peridance. Amanda has a 500-hour yoga teacher's certification from Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in NYC and teaches yoga privately and at Crunch Gym in NYC. She has a Masters from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in performance studies and a B.S. from Northwestern University in theatre, women's studies, and dance.

Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre
Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre creates original and dynamic dance theatre that raises questions, challenges social norms and values, and magnifies humanity through dance. Productions pivot around core themes and through an interplay between athletic and pedestrian motion, activate emotional expression, character, and narrative in a rich and abstract collage. Presenting dance in an immediate, mature, and inclusive way, we engage audiences from start to finish and beckon a response of thought, feeling, and soul.

OVERVIEW
Founded in 2000, Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre has presented 7 evening-length works and 5 shorter pieces in exclusive NYC Seasons as well as in tours and festivals and offers residencies to colleges and universities. We include audiences in the creative process by offering open rehearsals, interactive performances of developing work, and access to videos, photos, and interactive tools on our website www.amandaselwyndance.org. We have presented over 25 productions at venues including Dance Theatre Workshop, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Danspace Project, The Ailey Citigroup Theater, John Jay College, and Dance New Amsterdam. Inside New York: “Amanda Selwyn is a master at illustrating the symbiosis of sound and movement, the romance of motion and emotion – she had me laughing, crying, cringing and gasping all in the short 55-minute production.” Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s Pillow Pages: “Choreographically, Amanda's point of departure is not an image or a gesture, but a theatrical imperative felt in her insistence on expression.” Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre

MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
As an accomplished choreographer with a fresh and vibrant movement language, Selwyn is becoming a prominent voice within the New York dance community. Each year, the company gains more momentum as presenters, funders, critics, and audiences take greater interest in the work. We receive funding from the Harkness Foundation and have been presented twice at the Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out Series.

Grants Awarded:
Harkness Foundation for Dance (2012, 2013)
Friars Foundation (2012)
Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation - Project Support (2010-2011 Season)
New York State Council Arts - Arts-in-Education Funding (2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014)
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs - Cultural Development Fund (2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013)
City Council Member Rosie Mendez - Discretionary Funding (2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013)
City Council Member Bill DeBlasio - Discretionary Funding (2008)
The Bronx Council on the Arts Arts-in-Education Grants (2008-2009, 2009-2010)
The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Manhattan Community Arts Fund (2007)
JP Morgan Chase - Individual, Team, and Matching Grants (2006-present)
NRG, Inc. Program Support (2009-2010)
Washington Post and Company (2010-present)
Bank of America (2010-present)

Honors:
Presented in Pushing Progress Series 2013
Presented in Pentacle's APAP Series and Fall Showcase 2012, 2013
Presented in Westfest 2012
Presented at Dixon Place 2012
Presented in Pushing Progress Series 2012
Presented in Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s Inside/Out Performance Series (2009, 2011)
Presented in Dance Teacher Summit NYC (2011)
Led Workshops in NYC Arts-in-Education Roundtable’s Face to Face Conferences (2007, 2008, 2011)
Presented in the Earth Celebrations Festival (2010, 2011)
Presented in DUMBO Dance Festival (2009, 2010)
Presented in the Movement Research Open Performance Series at Dance Theater Workshop (2010)
Presented by Kumble Theatre for the Performing Arts, Long Island University Brooklyn Campus (2010)
Presented in COOL NY Dance Festival (2010)
Participated in the Choreographer’s Lab program at Jacob’s Pillow (2008)
Curated rental at Dance New Amsterdam (2008)
Presented in the NYU Women and Theater Conference (2003)

CREATIVE PROCESS
Selwyn’s creative process is distinctive from many other choreographers and makes each new project full of surprises. In rehearsal, she poses physical and dramatic paradigms for the dancers, and asks them to work out these challenges through movement. The dancers then, through improvisation and spontaneous choreographic studies, unearth raw material. Movements are passed through the company to discover new variations, individual interpretation, and nuance. The eventual choreographic vocabulary erupts from the discourse of exchange between dancers. The movement speaks a language of the community. As the work develops, it takes on its own life, telling Selwyn who it is, what it wishes to say, and where to go next.

With each new work, Selwyn ups the ante. This audaciousness plays out in innovative scenic, video, costume, and musical elements, an insistence on harvesting a surfeit of raw material, and a relentlessness for trial and error that coaxes the movement to find its own voice in the creative process. She seeks out organic discoveries, raw and uninterrupted, to let movement flow from momentum and physical sensation. She uplifts, exhilarates, inspires, and nurtures her own network of artists while actively engaging the community at large.

PERFORMANCE HISTORY
Green Afternoon II (July 13,2013) At the home of Marcia Previti and Peter Gumpel, East Hampton
It's a Game (june 27-29, 2013) New York Live Arts
It's a Game Preview (May 18, 2013) Pushing Progress Performance Series at Peridance
White Night III: A Movable Performance Soiree (February 23, 2013) Greenhouse NYC
APAP Showcase - Pentacle Gallery (January 13, 2013) Ailey Citigroup Theater
Pentacle Showcase: Fall Further - A Dance Celebration (October 1, 2012) Ailey Citigroup Theater
Green Afternoon (August 25, 2012) At the home of Marcia Previti and Peter Gumpel, East Hampton
Detour (June 21-23, 2012) New York Live Arts
Detour Preview (May 19-20, 2012) Pushing Progress Performance Series at Peridance
Detour Preview (April 17, 2012) Dixon Place Theater
White Night II: A Movable Performance Soiree (February 25, 2012) Space on White
Five Minutes (January 9 & 10, 2012) APAP at Peridance
Five Minutes (December 8 & 10, 2011) WestFest Dance Festival
Five Minutes (July 30, 2011) 2011 Dance Teacher Summit NYC
Inside/Out Performance Series (July 8, 2011) Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Five Minutes (June 23-25, 2011) Dance Theater Workshop
Earth Celebrations (May 21, 2011) Rockefeller Park on the Hudson
White Night: A Movable Performance Soiree (February 26, 2011) Space on White
Yoga for the Arts (January 8, 2011) Laughing Lotus Yoga Center
DUMBO Dance Festival 2010 - excerpt from Passage (September 25-6, 2010) John Ryan Theater and Brooklyn Bridge Park
Passage (June 10-13, 2010) Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts
Earth Celebrations (May 22, 2010) Pier 40 on the Hudson River
Open Performance Series at Movement Research (April 14, 2010) Dance Theater Workshop
Transition (February 27, 2010) Speyer Hall at University Settlement
COOL NY Dance Festival - Drops and Bubbles excerpt (January 29, 31, February 7 2010) John Ryan Theater
APAP Conference - Drops and Bubbles excerpt (January 10, 2010) Dance New Amsterdam
DUMBO Dance Festval - excerpt from Hearsay (September 27, 2009) John Ryan Theater
Inside/Out Performance Series - excerpts from Undercurrent and Hearsay (August 26, 2009) Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Undercurrent (June 11-14, 2009) Ailey Citigroup Theater
Precipitate (February 7, 2009) Speyer Hall at University Settlement
Hearsay (June 5-8, 2008) Dance New Amsterdam
Remnants (February 23, 2008) University Settlement
Interiors (June 14-17, 2007) Danspace Project
blueprints (February 24, 2007) University Settlement
Disturbance (June 15-17, 2006) The Ailey Citigroup Theater
Pre-Gala (April 29, 2006) Wien Hall Columbia University
Extract (March 18, 2006)The Philip Coltoff Center at Greenwich Village
Tilt (June 16 - 18, 2005) Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
First Edition (February 5, 2005) Evolving Art Theater at Dance Space Center
Unframed (June 24-26, 2004) Bessie Schonberg Theater at Dance Theater Workshop
Works in Progress 2004 (February 28, 2004) Evolving Arts Theatre at Dance Space Center
SHIFT (June 4-8, 2003) University Settlement
Works-in-Progress 2003 (February 15, 2003) Evolving Arts Theatre at Dance Space Center
Threshold (July 10-14, 2002) The Culture Project's 45 Bleecker Theatre
Works-in-Progress (April 20, 2002) Evolving Arts Theatre at Dance Space Center
Siren (July 12-14, 2001) University Settlement

 

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