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Listen. Observe. Be Compassionate.

"I dance to connect to mother earth. How we exist in this world matters in how we treat it, ourselves, and each other. Through dance we can better understand relationship dynamics and our connections as humans existing on this planet. Dance is honest, vulnerable, and intuitive."

Amelia Nommensen is a choreographer, dance filmmaker, and performer currently based in San Francisco, CA. Her practice combines dance, film, poetry, and song to create ocean-minded material for stage and screen. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology from UC Santa Cruz, graduating cum laude and with a minor in Dance. Additionally, with seven years of experience as a kayak guide she maintains a deep connection with oceanic systems creating art based on science. At the heart of Amelia’s work is the desire to connect the health of our ecosystems with the health of our communities. Drawing parallels to marine animals and human existence she is constantly reigniting our interdependence. Her work aims to integrate movement into ocean conservation and vice versa sparking compassion and inspiring action.

Her live work has been featured across the Bay Area including San Francisco Dance Mission, LEVYdance, Grace Cathedral, Oakland Vetiver, Berkeley Western Sky Studios, San Jose Convergence Arts Center, and Santa Cruz MBNMS Exploration Center, Motion Pacific, as well as Seattle, WA Jack Straw Cultural Center. As a performer Amelia has been fortunate to work with Tandy Beal & Company, FACT/SF, Santa Clara University, Cat Call Choir, Modern Collective, Driven Arts Collective, and various independent artists.


Photo by: Ashlee Burton

Her current work Upwelling is a multi year project weaving underwater recordings, poetry, and dance.

Plants still feed us our wisdom, animals still teach us our lessons, the ground beneath our feet holds us up and beckons us to lie down and listen.

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