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WHEN PEOPLE ASK ME WHERE I’M FROM OR WHAT IT IS I DO, THERE’S NO SIMPLE ANSWER. 

I’ve moved 17 times, speak five languages, and find myself drawn to new environments that push the boundaries of my experience. From my early work in communications and advertising, to  training with Fe Reichelt for two years and touring with the Panoptikum Movement Theater company, in Europe, to teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in dance and movement science for over twenty years at Temple University, University of the Arts, and Saint Michael's College, I have always explored the dynamics of movement, communication and creative process. 

In other words, I’ve spent my entire life doing site specific work: reading the landscape and connecting the dots between place, experience, and culture.

My work is play and when I play I work, whether skiing the steep, paddling the surf, choreographing a performance, or collaborating with creative minds to explore the possibilities of environment, habit, and movement. In addition to my work as conceptual performance artist, I lead kinesthetic interaction workshops and teach movement and creative dance to people of all ages and in all environments:  From inner city kids, to graduate classes, from idea makers to idea sellers, from designers to environmentalists, from slow movers to fast thinkers.

I have a BS in Communications & Advertising, an MS in Physical Therapy, and an EdD in Dance Education. I am also a certified Alexander Technique teacher.  

I am perpetually exploring new movement forms, including  parkour, bouldering, mogul skiing, freestyle skiing, wake boarding, surfing, scootering. I’ve been paddle boarding since 2011, and I’ve ski toured in Antarctica, Iceland, Montana, and continue to explore Vermont.

 

I BELIEVE IN FEARLESS EXPLORATION.

My work is about pushing to the edges. Asking both the performer and the audience to look beyond the expected, to experience things from a new perspective. It is examination in realtime of self, body, place and experience; how they inform, shape, and define each other in the transitions, in the spaces between. I am always looking at how movement, habit, and intention shape how we experience and interact in our landscapes, both inner and outer. In this, the body is our interface.

My work is site specific. The site defines the creative process that informs the performance, and the audience’s experience. With each performance, every participant--dancer, artist, performer and viewer--becomes an active collaborator; the experience is uniquely theirs, shaped by the space and the movement.



 

Exploring Liminality

By Amira Silverman

 

The word liminality is derived from the Latin word limen and means threshold. I first encountered the word when I was studying theatrical anthropology while in graduate school, and have been intrigued by its meaning ever since.

Today we are more exposed to liminality than ever before--as we move perpetually and ambiguously between physical and digital worlds. In this, the body is our interface.

My work explores how self, body, and place inform, shape, and define each other, in the transitions; in the spaces between. It looks at how movement, habit, and intention--or a lack of it--shape how we experience and interact in our landscapes, both inner and outer.

It is an invitation to the viewer to explore how subtle shifts in perspective can completely alter our experience--in our bodies and in the world. It’s about inviting you to be curious; to become aware of the possibility and potential for the new in the familiar.

 

See my past & current explorations of  #limi_nality 
 

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