ARTIST SPOTLIGHT 05: AMANDA HUNT
Get to know Amanda Hunt, performing artist and choreographer, and 5 of 10 presented artists during our upcoming performance series, Volume VI, Issue II: MOVEMENT CURRENCY from August 19 to 21, 2016. Through her practice, Amanda explores Femme as an inhabited species, problematic relationships to Femme as Drag, and what it means to occupy a body either assigned ‘constructed’ or ‘natural.' Learn more about Amanda on our Artist Spotlight and see her work in 01 RISK // Friday, August 19 at 7:30pm + 02 DEBT // Saturday, August 20 at 7:30pm.
Three words that Describe your Choreography
Confused, Space(between), Looking
Amanda Hunt is a Brooklyn-based performing artist, who has performed in works at Danspace Project, Judson Church, AUNTS, Glasshouse Gallery, Usagi NY, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Grace Exhibition Space, Segundo Piso (Puebla, MX), and Larkin Arts Gallery (VA), and was also commissioned to dance in a beauty salon storefront through SAW Bay Ridge. Amanda has choreographed for the late Liz Swados (Abu Dhabi, UAE), collaborates with Kira Alker and Elke Luyten, and is currently dancing for choreographer Kathy Westwater. She recently presented work at the Open Engagement Conference at the Oakland Museum. Amanda likes to build community around feminism and queerness.
About Amanda's Creative Process
My work is concerned with the act of looking. Forays into repetition, time based corporeality and viscera, and switching between the pedestrian and grotesque feminine, all aim to dissect the daily routine of being in a body being observed. I begin from whole images that serve as contemporary icons of Woman. Then I remove some of its parts and point at what is left. Add in the acute awareness of being seen and the shifting relationships I (we) have to being witnessed. Personal ritual consistently simmers below the surface, as well. I am concerned with Femme as an inhabited species, problematic relationships to Femme as Drag, and what it means to occupy a body either assigned ‘constructed’ or ‘natural’.
Define “contemporary dance/performance” in your own words. Choreography of the senses, of the individual’s socio-political standing/immediate climate, and of internal (therefore sometimes external) desire.
What does the dance/performance world need more of? Less of?
The performance world needs less of classical western notions of beauty and gender imperially underpinning its motives.
Name three artists that you admire, and a small description why.
Heather Kravas - fierce bitch who doesn’t give a f*&# if you think she makes dances or not. Kehinde Wiley - because that’s what we need being shown in museums now and more more more, please.
IV Castellanos - performance as building and deconstructing.
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See Amanda in Volume VI, Issue II: MOVEMENT CURRENCY , in 01 RISK // Friday, August 19 at 7:30pm + 02 DEBT // Saturday, August 20 at 7:30pm