CHOREOGRAPHIC WORK

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xxxx is an exposé on the audacity of aging in recognition of Amber’s 40th birthday. The work is a love letter to her relationship to performing and the exhilaration and anguish that comes with a lifetime on the stage. Part preparation for battle, part celebration of maturity, the solo pries into the fragile ego and the desire to hold onto her dancing prime.

Photo by Yi-Chun Wu

Performance: Amber Sloan
Sound design: Sam Crawford

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premiered in Beyond The Bang Group at Soaking WET at the West End Theatre on October 3-6, 2019.


On the Edge of Normal

On the Edge of Normal is a work exploring individual assertion versus group conformity. It questions how to find balance between getting your needs met and making sacrifices for the sake of others. When do you stand your ground and when do you submit to the harmony of the group?

Photo by Yi-Chun Wu

On the Edge of Normal stays riveting because each performer is riveting, and together they are even better.” -Quinn Batson, Offoffoff, READ FULL REVIEW

Performance: Esme Julien Boyce, Dylan Crossman, Jordan Morley, and Amber Sloan
Sound Design: Sam Crawford
Costumes: Pei-Chi Su

On the Edge of Normal premiered as part of Take Root at Green Space LIC on June 14-15, 2019


Taking Space

Photo by Steven Pisano

Performance: Amber Sloan and Joshua Tuason
Original music: John Glover

Taking Space premiered at Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan on May 18, 23, and June 1, 2019


xyz

Photo by Yi-Chun Wu

“Amber Sloan dances an understated and beautiful duet with Dylan Crossman. xyz is sweet and compelling; Sloan and Crossman complement each other so well and are a simple joy to watch.” – Quinn Batson, Offoffoff

Performance: Dylan Crossman and Amber Sloan
Music: Zoe Keating

xyz premiered in the DanceNow Festival at Joe’s Pub on September 5, 2018.


Not Quite Even

Performance: Hai-Ting Chinn, Tomas Cruz, Emma Judkins, and Jordan Morley
Original Music: John Glover

Not Quite Even premiered as part of Spoke the Hub’s Director’s Choice Program on January 26-28, 2018.


Can’t Stop

Photo by Yi-Chun Wu

Performance: Sy Gaskin and Amber Sloan
Music: Frank Loesser

Can’t Stop premiered in the DanceNow Festival at Joe’s Pub on September 6, 2017.


Rudiments

Performance Tomas Cruz, Emma Judkins, and Jordan Morely
Original music: John Glover

Rudiments premiered in Danspace Project’s DraftWorks at St. Mark’s Church on October 1, 2016.


Yma Dream

Performance: Sy Gaskin
Music: Audio recording of Anne Bancroft performing the monologue Yma Dream

Yma Dream premiered in the DanceNow Festival at Joe’s Pub on September 7, 2016. It was selected by the producers of the festival for the ENCORE! performance on September 29, 2016.


Evolved

Photo by Yi-Chun Wu

Evolved is a compilation of movements from Sloan’s 2002-2014 commissioned DanceNow works in honor of their 20th anniversary celebration.

Performance: Amber Sloan
Music: Dubble8

Evolved premiered in the DanceNow Festival at Joe’s Pub on September 12, 2015.


The Voice of the Body

The Voice of the Body blends movement and music by weaving two dancers and an operatic singer into one tapestry of sight and sound. The result is a symbiotic work using the entire visual and sonic range of the body to express the pleasure and play, the hurt and hilarity of the human experience.

Photo by Sally Cohn

“One segment is given over to pure beauty — and with modern dance, let us be honest, we need this — the music by John Glover takes on a subtext of the medieval, and the three engage each other in an almost graceful gavotte, although, with an eye to the experimental, there is always that third figure dragging down the flank of one in the pair of dancers.” – Holly Nadler, Martha’s Vineyard Times, READ FULL REVIEW

Performance: Tomas Cruz, Emma Judkins and Jordan Morley
Original Music: John Glover

The Voice of the Body premiered at The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard as part of the Bessie Schonberg Residency on June 11-13, 2015.


Vocalise

Photo by Yi-Chun Wu

Performance: Hai-Ting Chinn, Jordan Morley and Amber Sloan
Original Music: John Glover

Vocalise premiered in DanceNow Festival at Joe’s Pub on September 3, 2014.


Meltdown

Performance: Chelsea Ainsworth, Emma Judkins, Jordan Morley and Amber Sloan
Original Music: John Glover (composer, electronics) and Joshua Frank (trumpet, electronics)

Meltdown premiered in the DanceNow Festival at Joe’s Pub on October 12, 2013. It was selected by the producers of the festival for the ENCORE! performance on October 19, 2013.


Pulled Away

Performance: Chelsea Ainsworth, Jordan Morley and Amber Sloan
Music: John Luther Adams

Pulled Away premiered at Roulette Theater as part of the Dance Roulette series on February 5, 2013.


You

Performance: Jordan Morley and Amber Sloan
Music: Beirut

You premiered in the DanceNow Festival at Joe’s Pub on September 7, 2012.


Golden Delicious

Photo by Hope Davis

Performance:  Matthew Rogers and Amber Sloan
Original music composition: Josh Benash and Caitlin Grace Bailey

Golden Delicious premiered at Spoke the Hub’s Gowanus Arts on October 28-30, 2011.


Sunken

Photo by Steven Schreiber

Performance:  Adele Loux-Turner, Marissa Palley, Edward Rice, Matthew Rogers and Amber Sloan
Music:  Amom Tobin, Ensemble Resonanz, and Jun Mikake
Costumes: Luke Miller

Sunken premiered in Soaking WET at the West End Theater on January 23-24, 2010.


Dark Angel

Photo by Julie Lemberger

Performed by Andi Clegg
Music: Colleen et les Boîtes à Musique and Jun Miyake

Dark Angel premiered at The Garage in San Francisco, CA in May 2010.


Below

“Amber Sloan’s premiere ‘Below’ is the gem of the performance Wednesday night.  The piece begins with Matthew Rogers and Sloan slowly rolling with their heads towards the audience, blond hair and brown crashing back and forth like waves, getting progressively faster until she stops him with a swift hand to the shoulder.  Like lovers trying to find a comfortable fit, they wind in and out of each other’s space.  The tension builds as the sound of sirens becomes discordant music and the movement grows more aggressive and three dimensional.  Finally, Sloan breaks out of the pattern to sit in stillness while Rogers continues to fret, rolling back and forth.  Even confined to only seven minutes, Sloan delivers a rich and relatable story.” – Hope Davis, iDANZ

Photo by Steven Schreiber

Performance: Matthew Rogers and Amber Sloan
Music: Ensemble Resonanz
Costumes: Luke Miller

Below premiered in the DanceNow Festival at Dance Theater Workshop on September 9, 2009.

[h3]BELOW (2009)[/h3]

photo by Steven Schreiber

DUET

Performance:  Matthew Rogers and Amber Sloan

Music by:  Ensemble Resonanz

Costumes: Luke Miller

Running time:  6 minutes

Premiered at Dance Theater Workshop as part of the Dancenow[NYC] Festival on September 9, 2009

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[h3]SHAME (2008)[/h3]

Photo by Nicholas Burnham

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SOLO

Performance:  Amber Sloan

Running time:  6 minutes

Premiered at Dance Conversations at The Flea Theater in April 2008

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[h3]TIGHTLY WOUND (2007)[/h3]

DUET

Performance:  Adele Loux-Turner and Darrin Wright

Music by:  Ellen Fullman

Running time:  6 minutes

Premiered at Dance Theater Workshop as part of the Dancenow[NYC] Festival in September 2007

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[h3]OVERTLY CASUAL DISPLAYS (2007)[/h3]

SOLO

Performance:  Amber Sloan

Music by:  Johannes Brahms

Running time:  7 minutes

Premiered at Mulberry Street Theater as part of the Newsteps Series in May 2007

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[h3]ONE TO THREE (2006)[/h3]

photo by Steven Schreiber

TRIO

Performance:  Hanna Kivioja, Luke Miller and Amber Sloan

Music by: Paul Giger and John Cameron Mitchell

Running time:  8 minutes

Premiered at Dance Theater Workshop as part of the Dancenow[NYC] Festival in September 2006

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[h3]A TASTE FOR DELUSION (2005)[/h3]

DUET

Performance:  Andi Clegg and Hanna Kivioja

Music by:  Sexteto Mayor

Running time:  7 minutes

Premiered at the West End Theater as part of Soaking WET in May 2005

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[h3]A FINE MESS (2004)[/h3]

SOLO

Performance:  Amber Sloan

Music by:  Giuseppe Verdi and

Premiered at Dance Space Center as part of Raw Material in June 2004

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[h3]THE BEARER OF GRACE (2003)[/h3]

Photo by Steven Schreiber

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DUET

Performance:  Amber Sloan and Darrin Wright

Running time:  8 minutes

Premiered at the West End Theater as part of Soaking WET in May 2003

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[h3]NOT SO MUCH (2003)[/h3]

OCTET

Performance:  8 students of Summer Stages Dance

Running time:  10 minutes

Premiered at Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy in Concord, MA in July 2003

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[h3]MEMORIES OF MYRTLE (2002)[/h3]

QUARTET

Performance:  Abbey Dehnert, Laura Pocius, Erin Scheiwe and Amber Sloan

Running time:  8 minutes

Premiered at St. Mark’s Church as part of Danspace Project’s Food for Thought in October 2003

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[h3]rEvolve (2002)[/h3]

SOLO

Performance:  Amber Sloan

Music by:  Paul Giger

Premiered at Joyce Soho as part of the Dancenow[NYC] Festival in September 2002