The Pieter Conversation Series with Alison D’Amato
The Pieter Conversation series was instituted in the fall of 2016 to help bridge academic and artistic communities in Los Angeles. In light of the local landscape’s ongoing expansion with respect to both performance and scholarship, it’s an exciting time to gather, share ideas, and engage in dialogue. As Pieter’s first Scholar in Residence, Alison is committed to fostering an inclusive space for dancers, thinkers, and dancer-thinkers. She will host three meetings throughout the fall, each featuring an invited guest: Doran George, Susan Leigh Foster, and Shamell Bell. The series will include suggested readings for interested participants as well as plenty of time for conversation.
Alison D’Amato is a dance researcher, choreographer, and performer based in Los Angeles since 2010. She holds a PhD in Culture and Performance from UCLA, an MA in Dance Theater Practice from Trinity Laban (UK), and a BA in Philosophy from Haverford College. Her scholarly and choreographic work focus on choreographic scores. In particular, she investigates generative and indeterminate notation in order to investigate relationships between choreographic authority, inscription, agency and archival. Her writing on performance can be found in Choreographic Practices, itch dance journal, and Native Strategies.
Since graduating from UCLA, D’Amato has taught seminar, lecture, and technique classes at UCLA and CalArts. She’s currently teaching courses in dance theory, history, and practice at the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance at USC. Her most recent work, Requital Recital (April 2016), was developed at PAM Residencies in collaboration with John Emison. Her dances and scores have been presented in Los Angeles (Pieter, The Hammer Museum, Anatomy Riot, and HomeLA), New York (Movement Research, the Tank, AUNTS, Waxworks, Dixon Place, and BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange), Philadelphia, the UK, and Poland. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has performed with choreographers such as Maria Hassabi, Milka Djordjevich, Alexx Shilling, Jmy James Kidd, and Simone Forti. alisondamatodance.com