Listen. Observe. Be Compassionate.
I dance to connect to mother earth. How we exist in this world is everything 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, open to sharing, instinctive & 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 dependence on one another. 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 Dance Mission, LEVYdance, Vetiver Oakland, Wild Cat Studios, Grace Cathedral, and Motion Pacific. As a performer Amelia has been fortunate to work with Tandy Beal & Company, Santa Clara University, Cat Call Choir, Modern Collective, Driven Arts Collective, Cid Pearlman, Lili Weckler, Chelsea Boyd Brown, Jessamine DeLancey, and Alex Law.
Her current work Upwelling is a multi year project weaving underwater recordings, poetry, and dance. (learn more) The newest iteration is a film installed at the Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle, WA for Orca Month June 2021.
Photo by: Ashlee Lenzi Burton