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Spotlight on Dot: Meet Amanda Pintore and Olivia Hernández

Meet Amanda Pintore and Olivia Hernández, two of the dancers for Dot, the Lawrence Art Center’s dance performance for very young children!

Amanda Pintore is a dancer, maker, theatre artist extraordinaire. She loves moving her body, but particularly likes rolling on the ground. She has many tattoos so that you can see what is inside of her brain. Her roommate is a fat, old cat named Ichabod who watches her dance in her living room.

Olivia Hernández is an artist, educator, administrator, and an all-around performer. OIivia was raised in Miami, FL and has called Lawrence home since 2010. Under the pseudo-mononym ‘ONOH’, she produces digital collages, experimental videos, performances, large-scale puppets, animations powered by creative coding. She spends her free time traveling with her partner, making up songs in the kitchen about her cat, Jakamo, and dancing as much as possible.

 

So what is Dot?

In January and February of 2018, the Lawrence Arts Center introduced a brand new Play Lab Series for 2-5 year olds. In these research sessions, we worked with child/caregiver pairs using improvised dance and painting. These sessions were recorded and served as research for our upcoming dance performance for children ages 2-5, Dot.Children were our artistic partners in our process. All of the choreography for Dot will be performed by adults and based on our interactions in the Play Lab Series. We ask the question: what if we danced the way that children draw? Join us and experience dancing, painting on stage, live music, and moments of interaction with audiences.  

What do Amanda and Olivia do for Dot?

Amanda was the primary researcher in our Play Lab series, as well as lead choreographer, and serves as one of the four dancers in Dot. She built this method of working with very young children as artistic partners in an earlier dance performance, wonderwander. Olivia was a dancer-researcher in our Play Lab Series and serves as one of the four dancers in Dot. After studying the movement of our very young dancers, Olivia is all about sweeping magic arms, wild battles, and sneaky surprises.

 

Get your tickets for Dot here!

Check out more of Amanda’s work here.

Dive deeper into Olivia’s world by checking out her artist website here.