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ABOUT

ARTIST STATEMENT

My art aims to give shape to the mischievous possibilities of the body, giving voice to conceptions of time, space, and relationship that exist in interstitial space: between bodies, between body and landscape, between two ecosystems, between the archive of our body and the imagination of memory, between audience and performer, between our reality and our dreaming, between our emotions and our embodiment, between what we remember and what we forget, between the stories we are told and the ones we tell ourselves. I use repetition as a way of achieving altered states of consciousness through the body. My work is the child of many disciplines: dance, alchemy, mythopoetics, ritual, theoretical physics, ecology, and neuroscience are but a few of the driving forces behind what I make and contribute.

​I am a choreographer, writer, and herbalist creating transformative interdisciplinary ritual experiences through the prism of dance and performance installation. Working at the intersection of ecofeminism, mythopoetics, neuroscience, and alchemy, I use dance to examine the mirrored landscapes of the human body and the Earth on which we live. My work exists in both proscenium and public settings, and hinges on a rigorous curiosity in the following topics: archive, memory and forgetting, the somatic experience of trauma, how kinship between human and non-human beings facilitates healing for both body and Earth, and the contradiction between the stories we tell and the ones told to or about us. These interdisciplinary interests, situated in the performance environment, invite ecological storytelling: a tentacular practice of performance, community engagement, collaboration, character development, and spatial relationship that blurs the boundary between audience and performer, inviting a unique experience of embodiment that provokes emotional and spiritual reflection. I am currently at work on a massive interdisciplinary social practice and performance entitled "Violence is not the home I live in", for which I have been collaborating with psychologists, neurologists, anthropologists, and archaeologists. This work merges my skills as a choreographer, herbalist, and archivist to tell the stories of women who have experienced sexual violence and share the tools of herbalism and movement in service of their healing. Through this work I am further cementing my mission as an artist who not only provides transformative experiences through the performance setting, but also facilitates material change in the lives of those who come into contact with my practice.


BIOGRAPHY

Known for insightful performance that renegotiates the audience/performer relationship, Amanda Krische is an interdisciplinary movement artist, writer, educator, and herbalist creating socially-engaged work at the intersection of gender studies, mythopoetics, neuroscience, and ecology. Through the prism of dance and multidisciplinary performance, she creates transformative ritual experiences that tell spectacular stories of the everyday while imagining new possibilities of community healing. 

Her work has been shown nationally at such venues as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall, Moody Performance Hall, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, and The Kitchen, as well as in public spaces such as shopping malls, public parks, and gallery spaces. Her work has been commissioned and supported by the National YoungArts Foundation, Grace Farms Foundation, and Bombshell Dance Project. She was the recipient of a 2018 Grant from the Jerome Foundation to support research on mental time travel and the subjective experience of thinking for a new choreographic process at the University of Cambridge in the UK. Amanda has conducted residencies at Art:Omi, Keshet Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Arts Center, Kaatsbaan Cultural Park. She just completed a Spring 2023 residency at The Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France where her research focused on the grieving rituals and mythologies of the feminine genealogies of the Mediterranean basin, to inform a new multidisciplinary performance work.


Dedicated to the exploration of the new frontiers created through the practice of collaboration, she has contributed choreography to projects with musician Samora Pinderhughes, filmmaker Christian Padron, and numerous psychologists and neurologists who study the body, memory, and mental time travel in the laboratory environment.

She has been on faculty at LaGuardia Arts High School, MOVENYC, and has taught workshops at Gibney, NYU, and Cooper Union School of Art. She has created interdisciplinary movement curriculum in collaborations with the Louis Armstrong House Museum (Queens, NY), the Pina Bausch Foundation (Wuppertal, Germany), and Queens College. Amanda is a YoungArts Winner in Modern Dance and a United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts.


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