Amanda Loulaki – FORESTED


April 9-12, 2014

Wednesday thru Saturday at 8pm

In FORESTED, Amanda Loulaki flirts with fragmented time, imagery, empty space, non-linear narrative and the extremities of a movement’s physicality. FORESTED is comprised of a series of vignettes incorporating autobiographical elements while presenting the body as a container of history, and the space as a container of the body.

FORESTED is the second in a trilogy of works (the first part, UNTITLED, premiered at The Kitchen in 2012) that focuses on the ways in which the audience’s gaze can be directed in performance, and how that gaze affects the experience of time. Both works are solo investigations into the contrast between absence and presence, empty and filled space; moving between the subjective and the objective, allowing negative space and silence to be the conduit between emotional states and the telling of the artist’s story; and highlighting the ways in which those differences, when applied to the body, can impact our perception of reality. In FORESTED, the body becomes the camera lens through which the audience creates its own narrative.

FORESTED is created and performed by Amanda Loulaki. Lighting design by Joe Levasseur Sound by Tei Blow and Joe Levasseur.

Amanda Loulaki was born in Iraklion, Crete. In 1990 she received a BA in Education from the Department of Pedagogy in Crete and in 2007 she received her MFA in Dance from Hollins University. In 1994 Amanda was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio and moved to New York. Amanda Loulaki and Short Mean Lady, a project oriented company, was formed in 2001. The focus of her choreography is in the “process of making,” and researching the creative process in terms of imagination and relationship to the physical and emotional state. Amanda’s choreography has been presented at Danspace Project at St Mark’s Church, La MaMa, Pentacle, Dixon Place, PS 122, Joyce Soho (Dancenowfest), Dance New Amsterdam, The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, 11th Biennale of young artists of Europe and the Mediterranean (Athens) BucharEast.West International Dance Festival (Bucharest), the Mediterranean Contemporary Dance Platform (Hania-Greece), American Dance Festival Massachusetts Institution of Technology (MIT), the Choreographic Center Archauz (Denmark), and ZVRK Festival (B&H).

"Stage Is Her Playground: Jump-Rope, Fuzzy Tube and Windup Toy" - Gia Kourlas, New York Times

"How Many Make a Solo?" - Deborah Jowitt, DanceBeat