Mina Nishimura, originally from Tokyo, was introduced to butoh and improvisational dance through Kota Yamazaki, and studied at Merce Cunningham Studio in NYC. Buddhism-influenced concepts and beliefs are reflected across her somatic, performance and choreographic practices. She has been performing and collaborating with a number of groundbreaking artists, in the most recent years, such as Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener, Yasuko Yokoshi, Jasperse, Dean Moss, Vicky Shick, Neil Greenberg, and SIA for her Saturday Night Live performance. Nishimura’s choreographic works have been commissioned by NYU Skirball Center, Danspace Project, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Gibney Dance, Mount Tremper Arts Center, Dance Theater Workshop, UC Davis, Sarah Lawrence College among other organizations. Nishimura is a recipient of Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists 2019, and was the 2021-22 Renewal Residency Artist at Danspace Project where she premiered, Mapping a Forest while Searching for an Opposite Term of Exorcist in November of 2022. She completed the MFA Fellowship at Bennington College in 2021, and currently teaches at the school. Nishimura’s new solo experimentation, Untitled [astral projection does likely not happen in a public space!], will be performed in Squibb Park in Brooklyn on June 16 as part of Summer Happenings Festival 23.
Nishimura also has been a member of the curatorial team and organizes Whenever Wherever Festival in Tokyo.
minanishimuradance.com / IG @minanekobubble
Amanda Hameline is a choreographer, producer, dancer, and designer. In her work, she places the mundane in conversation with the strange and uses technology–from live sound design to video projection to stacks of cardboard boxes–to augment, expand and complicate the human form and experience. She has presented work in venues across New York City including CPR-Center for Performance Research, National Sawdust, Coffey Street Studio, Christie’s New York, the Chelsea Hotel, Pace Gallery, Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, and Martha Graham Studio Theater; and in Berlin at Lake Studios and Cordillera. Her film work has been featured in the Triskelion Dance Film Festival, ScreenDance Miami, and Exquisite Frame (Dance Place in DC). Amanda is also the co-founder of the non-profit production company Amanda + James, which presents and develops dance, opera, performance art, theater, music and everything in between. Amanda’s work for A+J focuses on curating and developing new programs to support experimental and interdisciplinary movement artists. MFA Sarah Lawrence ’20; BA Harvard University ’12.
www.amandahameline / www.amandaplusjames.com / IG @ahameline