Rush Through | Amanda Carlson, Diina Tamm, Jamie Jackson, and Vivake Khamsingsavath
Wednesday, September 6 - Thursday, September 7, 2017
137 West 42nd Street
(the through-block connecting 42nd and 43rd streets,
between Broadway and 6th Ave)
New York, NY
Nearest Trains: 1, 2, 3, S, 7, B, D, F, M, N, Q, R, W
Performances: Wednesday, September 6, 4:30pm + 6pm
Thursday, September 7, 4:30 + 6pm
Producers and Choreographers, Diina Tamm and Amanda Carlson, are thrilled to be returning for the second year to present their work at Anita's Way. Joined by choreographers Jamie Jackson and Vive Khamsingsavath, this show creates a true fusion of movement, featuring an international cast of dancers. A truly captivating performance art installation that will surely bring a different pace to your busy day in the city.
"Rush Through" focuses on the relationship between chaos and stillness. They cannot exist without each other. Similar to waves or ideas in our minds, it is a constant push and pull, happening repeatedly. This is present when walking through NYC. If we pay attention, there are different paced moments all around us. These moments thrive at Anita's Way, a sanctuary in the middle of the business of Times Square. Take a minute to look right or left, listen to the noise, watch the flux of movement in this city, enjoy the dances that surround us, and find the stillness within.
About the Artists
Amanda Carlson, a native of Colorado, is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, gymnastics and calisthenics coach, personal trainer, and group fitness instructor. Currently living in Dubai, Amanda is a principal dancer with Sima Dance Company. Amanda is the lead choreographer for shows including: Fashion Roars (NY) Aspen Cares Fashion Show (CO), Telluride AIDS Benefit Fashion Show (CO), and The Green Runway (CO), Reflection Spectrums (NY) and Retrograde (CO). When in New York City, Amanda performs with Kalamadir Dance Company, Breaking Conformity Productions, and The Invitation. Amanda has trained and performed for choreographers
including Ashle Dawson, Brinda Guha, Derek Mitchell, and Jamie Jackson. She has also performed on Good Morning America. Amanda was an assistant and substitute teacher at Broadway Dance Center. She teaches many styles of dance throughout Colorado, New York City and Dubai. True education for dancers, performers, and athletes is something she is very passionate about. As well as choreographing, creating, performing, teaching, and training, Amanda continues to pursue all forms of education, especially when it includes her passion of movement.
Diina Tamm is a New York based professional dancer, choreographer and dance instructor. Originally from Tallinn, Estonia, she has been part of various dance shows in the USA, Estonia, Canada, Sweden and Finland. She has danced on different cruise ships, TV shows, and music videos by artists such as Icona Pop and Misterwives, performed on Good Morning America, and worked as a dancer and choreographer's assistant for a live broadcast on ABC.
Her recent credits include choreographing for New York Fashion Week, directing and choreographing various shows presented in New York City (“Reflection Spectrum”; “Kahn Islander” Studio-842 fashion show and an immersive performance “Tonality of Culture” at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.
"As a choreographer it's amazing to believe in something that doesn't exist yet and create that story in a beautiful language of dance".
Brooklyn native Jamie J has been dancing since the age of 5. While following his dream to be a choreographer, Jamie took a good detour singing in the Grammy Award winning LFT Church Choir under the direction of Hezekiah Walker. While in the choir, Jamie had the opportunity to work with artists such as Babyface, Stevie Wonder, Praz of the Fugees, Shirley Caesar and P. Diddy. After finding Broadway Dance Center at age 19, Jamie returned to his first love – dance, and began teaching his own classes at the world-renowned studio at age 23. His weekly classes are consistently full and he is an in-demand part of BDC’s celebrated hip-hop faculty. Since his start in the business, he has had the pleasure of choreographing the “Let’s Dance” video and mini tour for Hezekiah Walker, a BET Janet Jackson Tribute, company pieces for Carnival Choreographers’ Ball and was asked to choreograph a group number for the Broadway Dance Center 25th Anniversary Gala and Showcase at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC. He also volunteers his time and is on the Board of Directors for Hip-Hop Heals Most DEAFinitely, a not-for-profit organization that provides dance classes for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. His work and dedication was noticed by Rhapsody James who took him under her wing and helped cultivate his gift as a part of Rhapsody: The Company. He was also recognized by Shawnette Heard who asked him to choreograph in Broadway Remix, an off Broadway production she directed. He has also been featured in videos including: “All Things” (Fab 5), “Chabine” (Matt) and “99 Problems” (Jay-Z). Represented by MSA agency he has also worked on many other projects including Showtime series Boardwalk Empire seasons 1 & 2 and Verizon phone commercial, to name a few.
"The dance floor is where you get to be someone else, but only if you commit. And if you commit, something will happen." Find Jamie online at www.ImJamieJ.com.
Vivake Khamsingsavath (Vive) is a Laotian American dancer and choreographer from Brooklyn, New York. He studied dance at Binghamton University, where he also earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Vivake has toured Europe performing with modern company Galumpha, taught jazz and hip hop workshops in Asia, and worked as a commercial dancer in Los Angeles, California. Vive decided to focus his work in New York City where he has performed for several choreographers including Derek Mitchell, Stephanie Klemons, Mark Caserta, Yung-Li, and Pascal Rekoert. Notable performances include Lincoln Center, Broadway at Bryant Park, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, appearances on the Today Show, The View and Good Morning America for Flo Rida, campaigns for Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, LG, Coca-Cola and Sears. Recently, Vive played the role of dance captain for the plays "Pearl Diver" and "Quadratic", principal male in The Opera "Goyescas", served as choreographer for the musical "Yosef", immersive show "Barkeep", worked as co-artistic director of Gotham Dance Theater and choreographed a music video by The Bravo Network. He has danced for companies Kalamandir Dance (Indian Contemporary), ALMA NYC (Jazz), and Touch Performance Art (Immersive). Vive is currently dancing for Defunes Dance directed, by Diego Funes, and with Takeshi Ohashi for an evening at Carnegie Hall. Vive is constantly working and learning from different artists and choreographers to continue building and expanding his knowledge and understanding of dance. He currently teaches hip hop, jazz and contemporary for Peridance, Broadway Donation and Steps On Broadway.