Dance Mogul Magazine Exclusive… 


Dance Mogul: What can the audience expect during your anniversary year?
Amanda Selwyn: For my 15th Anniversary year, audiences can expect to see a true celebration of the signature elements and structures in my choreographic work including gesture, partnering, virtuosic artistry juxtaposed with pedestrian movement, humor, character, and theatricality.  Renewal promises to be an evening of immediate dance theatre with a fresh and vibrant movement language that will continue to renew itself again and again — each new short section shifting the experience of the present moment and mapping out a journey of discovery and transcendence.
Dance Mogul: It’s difficult for entertainers to re-invent themselves constantly. How were you able to capture the essence of doing that and translate that through dance?
Amanda Selwyn: As artists and as humans, we are always evolving and changing — change is truly the only constant.  My aim is to keep showing up to the process, giving over to each new creative interplay with my dancers and designers and allow the work to continue to evolve and blossom.  Each day in the studio, there are new discoveries, new details and flourishes to be added, timing to be mastered, and new ways to collaborate with designers in every stage of the development process to create a fully realized dance theatre experience for our audiences.
Dance Mogul: Is there anyone you would like to thank for helping you with this production
Amanda Selwyn: I am so grateful for the talented, generous, and committed artists who have been a part of my company over the past 15 years.  Each collaborator made an imprint on my journey and supported the development of the work through their energy and imagination.  I am grateful for this community of like-minded soul seekers who bring their entire body, mind, and spirit to dance, seeing it as a gift that is meant to be shared.  In particular, I would like to thank my Costume Designer, Anna-Alisa Belous, Rehearsal Director, Jenny Gillan, Board President Bridgette Lin, and Company Manager Jane Schreck. Thank you!


Fifteenth Anniversary Performance Season
World Premiere of Renewal
BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
March 13-15, 2015

Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre announces its Fifteenth Anniversary Performance Season, the World Premiere of Renewal, from March 13-15, 2015 as part of the Tribeca Dance Series at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, at 199 Chambers St, NYC. Performances are Friday, March 13 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 15 at 3 pm. Tickets are $25 and are available at or by phone at 212.220.1460.  The Saturday evening performance will be followed by a gala from 9:00 – 11:30 pm, which will include a silent auction, a presentation of the company’s arts-in-education program, cocktail and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets will be $125-250 for the performance and reception. The gala will be held at New York Law School, 185 West Broadway at Leonard Street. Gala tickets are available at or by phone at 212.220.1460.


Renewal is an evening-length work that unpacks the state of being made new, fresh, or strong again – dramatizing how we re-invent ourselves again and again over time.  Renewal will be composed of a series of shorts that shift the physical and visceral present movement, re-starting, reclaiming, and revitalizing our experience of it.  Each short will highlight signature structures and elements in Selwyn’s style including gesture, partnering, virtuosic artistry juxtaposed with pedestrian movement, humor, character, and theatricality.  With Selwyn’s fresh and vibrant movement language of extended limbs, physical risk, athleticism, energy, release, touch, and balance, she will activate emotional expression and offer many in-roads for audiences to make meaning for themselves.


“Amanda Selwyn is a master at illustrating the symbiosis of sound and movement, the romance of motion and emotion – she had me laughing, crying, cringing and gasping all in the short 55-minute production.” – Inside New York


“Amanda Selwyn’s work is masterly and emotionally expressive, she is truly gifted in the art of dance making.” – NYC Dance Stuff


Dancers: Sarah Buscaino, Adam Robert Dickerson, Jenny Gillan (rehearsal director), Manon Hallay (apprentice), Gildas Lemonnier, Louie Marin, Torrey McAnena, Robert Moore, Emily Pacilio,
Randall Smith, Sarah Starkweather.
Costume Design: Anna-Alisa Belous, Lighting Design: Dan Ozminkowski, Sound Design: Joel Wilhelmi, Rehearsal Director: Jenny Gillan.

Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre creates original and dynamic dance theatre that raises questions, challenges social norms and values, and magnifies humanity through dance. Productions pivot around core themes and through an interplay between athletic and pedestrian motion, activate emotional expression, character, and narrative in a rich and abstract collage. Presenting dance in an immediate, mature, and inclusive way, we engage audiences from start to finish and beckon a response of thought, feeling, and soul.


Founded in 2000, Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre has presented over 30 productions at NYC venues including New York Live Arts, Dance Theatre Workshop, Dance New Amsterdam, Danspace Project, Ailey Citigroup Theater, The Kumble Theater, and John Jay College.  We have been presented twice at Jacob’s Pillow, Westfest, DUMBO Dance Festival, Dixon Place, Dance Teacher Summit, COOL NY, Movement Research, and Pushing Progress Series. We have toured to festivals, presented open rehearsals, interactive performance events, and workshops, and offer arts-in-education programming through Notes in Motion Outreach Dance Theatre to children in the NYC public schools.


BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, the longest operating performance venue in lower Manhattan, is dedicated to identifying, supporting and presenting established and emerging artists in a variety of disciplines, including music, dance and children’s theatre to the diverse Metropolitan audience.


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