Amanda Clegg Lyon, Bartlett
American, b. 1977, playing from New York City, NY, USA
Live performance dance and lighting design. Video and Stills. Co-created and Choreographed by Anneliese Kappey. Photography by Dante Olivia Smith. Videography by Lur Olaizola. Performed at NYU Tisch School of the Arts Fifth Floor Theater.
Amanda is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University. She splits her time between Chicago and New York City. Recent designs include: Maya Mexico with Dzul Dance, Dido&Aeneas and Atra, Ossia, L’amore Ricordato with Morningside Opera, Mascot with Marc Arthur Dance, and The Rite of Spring with Chicago Repertory Ballet, Canon in D minor with FringeNYC/Fringe Encores, Assassins with the College of New Rochelle, Travelers with the Little Opera Theater of NY, The Man in the Black Coat with LOTNY and Target Margin Theater.
Thoughts on the Telephone process
It was very enjoyable. Lighting design is such a collaborative art form to begin with that the art work just felt like another collaborating contribution to the piece. Practically for me finding access to a lighting rig on a project that was self-funded was a bit difficult, and logistics-wise shortened our working time. I’d love to have more time to really work on the piece with the lighting in the space. Insight-wise, I love how much of a story line we were able to create from the sculpture piece we were given; it was such a lovely jumping off point creatively. I love that I was able to have such an equal voice in the creative process. Too often lighting designers are brought in further in the process and are reacting to existing material rather than helping to shape the piece from the beginning.
German, b. 1981, playing from New York City, NY, USA
Anneliese is a citizen of Germany who spent her childhood in Brazil, and became an adult in New York City. She trained under the Royal Academy of Dance system, and grew up performing classical repertoire in festivals and international competitions. She has worked with Chet Walker, Nathan Trice, Mark Dendy, Ginger Cox, and as a member of SO Dance Collective and The Steps Repertory Ensemble in New York City. Favorite regional theater credits include: Velma Kelly in Chicago, Lulu in Cabaret, Cats, and West Side Story. In 2007, she took a break from performing and teaching to attend Columbia University. She founded MixTape Dance in January 2011, and in November of that same year Daily Psongs, an evening of dance, live music and film, premiered in NYC to standing ovations and sold out houses. Anneliese’s earliest memory of choreographic work is dancing in her living room to her favorite songs, at age 4. She still choreographs in her living room to her favorite songs.
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Thoughts on the Telephone process
I really loved being a part of this project. Working off of the piece of sculpture we were assigned was great because while it left plenty of room for interpretation, it had enough character that we could get pretty specific, certain aspects of what the work meant were pretty clear. The process itself was lovely, I got to collaborate with a lighting designer from the beginning of the process, which is rare. The only difficulty was, as usual for dance, finding a proper theater in the allotted time and with a tiny budget we contributed ourselves. That aside, it was wonderful to create this dance. It gave me insight on how to create from a place that isn’t really mine, it was someone else’s first. Thanks for having me!