AMDaT is a New York City-based Dance/Arts Company established in 1998 by choreographer and visual
Andrea Haenggi. The Company creates and produces visual motion constructions: site-specific dance
video installations and site-integrated multimedia stage works that combine contemporary dance with visual
art, prosaic architecture and technology. Through the development of new works and their presentation,
often in non-traditional sites and public spaces, the Company challenges and engages its audience in rich,
thought-provoking aesthetic experiences and aims to transform peoples' perception of everyday life.
Haenggi's choreographic language involves the 360-degree geometry of the body developed in relation to
the flat/horizontal/vertical screen of a moving digital image in space. Her works are inspired by prosaic
architecture and the restriction of space. The process pursues the meaning of place in historical,
emotional, spatial and social contexts. Very often Haenggi with her Company AMDaT brings visual motion
constructions to non-traditional venues and public environments. In this, the Company's aim is to
challenge conventions and to bring this art form to people not normally exposed to it - breaking down
the barrier between art and life. Andrea Haenggi with her company AMDaT recently premiered the
evening-length work, escalator (March 2006) for seven dancers and four live musicians. The work
was commissioned by World Financial Center Arts & Events for the lobbies of the World Financial
Center complex, and reached more than 1000 people in two days.
In 2004 Andrea Haenggi/AMDaT created the critically-acclaimed under whose control, co-produced by
the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and presented as part of LMCC's SiteLines Festival in an
abandoned retail store. Last year she created blast wall art (2005) for the Commodore Barry Park
handball courts in Brooklyn, NYC. Haenggi and AMDaT were invited by TSEH Dance Agency in Russia
to participate in the Russian Dance Theater Festival TSEH 05. This involved a rigorous
4-week residency that culminated in a series of performances at the Moscow State Museum, The New
Tretyakov Gallery. The Company have also appeared at performance venues including Joyce SoHo,
Construction Company Dance Gallery, P.S 122, Jazz at Lincoln Center (in the Samsung Media
Roadshow), and in museums such as the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and MASS MoCA in
North Adams, Massachusetts. In Fall 2006, AMDaT will be presented by Dance Theater Workshop
(DTW) as part of the city - wide Europe Dream Festival with there new work Friction at DTW
Bessie Schoenberg Theater.
It is very valuable for The Company to have the chance to share our creative research with
other artists and the wider communities in which we live & work. Residency activities such
as workshops, movement master classes, artist talks and other outreach programs are a
fundamental part of AMDaT's work in the U.S and abroad, and continue to inspire and inform
Haenggi's movement and visual research.
This visual motion construction should shed new meaning on our sense of space - of our own
location in the world. Every wall, every corner, every chunk of flaking paint, every flickering shadow thus becomes part of the performance.