Framed is an intimate look into womanhood as experienced and understood by the ever-sensitive and insightful choreographer Danielle Agami. Growing up in Israel, Agami was surrounded by special women role models, especially her mother as the center of the household. As with so many Israeli woman, her mother’s strength and presence set the tone, color, and atmosphere of every day. Yet below those strengths a fragility and ceaseless drive for perfection also thrived.
In this solo performance, Agami unravels her experience as a woman as she hosts groups of curious, expecting audience members. She wonders about the mission of hosting an audience, asking herself “What is expected for me to provide? Will dance be enough? Am I enough?”. Utilizing her unique choreographic voice developed during and after her eight years with Batsheva Dance Company, Agami creates a captivating performance out of her experiences and insights. The dynamic “hosting” of the audience vibrates with images of determination, manipulation, fragility, beauty, and madness woven throughout. As with all of her work with Ate9, the movement is precise and personal; yet in Framed she is able to share it from its original source- her own body and mind.
Danielle Agami was born in Israel in 1984 where she studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and was a member of the Batsheva Dance Company. Between 2007 and 2009, Agami served as the Artistic Director of Batsheva Dancers Create, and functioned as the company’s rehearsal director from 2008-2010. After 8 years with Batsheva, Agami moved to New York to serve as the Senior Manager of Gaga U.S.A.
In 2012, Agami relocated to Seattle where she founded Ate9- an undertaking that has fully realized her artistic voice as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Danielle was the grand prize winner of the 2013 & 14 Annual Choreography Festival at the McCallum Theatre and one of Dance Magazine’s Top 25 to watch in 2015. In 2016, she was recognized with the Princess Grace Award for Choreography and created a new work, Pick a Chair, with Visceral Dance in Chicago. Agami has made over 8 fully produced works with Ate9 since it’s inception including the innovative new work calling glenn with live music by Wilco percussionist Glenn Kotche.
Agami was also named as the 2018 recipient of the Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship for Women Choreographers. During the fellowship she will develop a solo performance and research a new ballet class inspired by her years of experience with Gaga Movement Language.