Amanda+James Presents "NightBirds"

A work-in-process showing


David Rockefeller Creative Arts Center at Pocantico

Tickets: $15 (+ $1.75 ticketing fee)

Pocantico artist-in-residence and RBF Culpeper Arts & Culture grantee Amanda+James will present a work-in-process showing of NightBirds, an assemblage of revolutionary 20th–century composer Olivier Messiaen’s work. Through music and dance, NightBirds invites the audience to reckon with the current climate crisis and examine their interactions with the natural world.

Directed and conceived by James Danner; choreographed by Amanda Hameline; music direction and piano by Matthew Odell; vocals by Bridget Haile; danced by Jesse Barnett, Sierra Hendrix, A’Lexus Crooms, Anna Hull, and Michael Parmlee.

There will be a Q&A after the performance, followed by a reception with special access to the DR Center gallery, currently showing Inspired Encounters: Women Artists and the Legacies of Modern Art.

The snow date for this event is Friday, January 27.

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You can watch at home on the livestream below. It will start approximately 15 minutes before showtime.

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James Danner

James Danner, tenor, has spent ten seasons at the Metropolitan Opera as a chorus member and soloist. Equally at ease in tomorrow’s music as in the old, James is a 2023 Fargo Moorhead Opera Gate City Bank Young Artist. As a founding director of Amanda + James, he works with artists in a wide range of media as an executive and creative producer, curator, and director. His directorial work has been presented at BFI in Miami and at venues across New York City.

Amanda Hameline

Amanda Hameline is a choreographer, producer, dancer, and designer. Her work places the mundane in conversation with the strange through creative use of technology. Amanda has presented work in venues across New York City and Berlin; her films have been featured at the Triskelion Dance Film Festival, ScreenDance Miami, and Exquisite Frame at Dance Place. She is the co-founder of the non-profit production company Amanda + James, where she focuses on developing programs to support experimental and interdisciplinary movement artists. 

Matthew Odell

Pianist Matthew Odell is acclaimed for his work as a solo recitalist, soloist with orchestras, and chamber musician. His commitment to strengthening the ties between today’s composers and audiences has led to work with Pierre Boulez, John Corigliano, Ned Rorem, Mark Adamo, Michel Merlet, and Robert Aldridge, among others. His debut album Connections: The Music of Messiaen and his Students on Albany Records, was released in 2019. Matthew teaches at The Juilliard School, where he received his doctorate.