Ami Shulman was born in Johannesburg South Africa. She studied Psychology at the University of South Africa and Dramatic Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand where she won the Amanda Holmes Award for Best Choreography „Donna Belladonna“, in 1998.
Based in Montreal since 2001, Shulman performed with Compagnie Marie Chouinard and Jose Navas for several years before becoming the Artistic Director to the Chouinard Company on tour and Rehearsal Director for both companies. Shulman has remounted and co-created works on companies such as the Goteborg Opera, the National Ballet of Canada and the Cirque Du Soleil and has worked as a Movement Director for the Shakespeare Theatre Company. As a free-lance artist, Shulman has collaborated on film installations, choreographing for Mouvement Perpetuel’s large scale film installation „1001 Lights“ and appearing in high speed videography and motion capture for an interactive video installations in collaboration with musician/videographer Butch Rovan. Shulman is a highly sought after teacher, her unique approach to mindful, anatomical relationships in movement has invited her to teach extensively throughout North America and Europe. As a prominent teacher of the Montreal dance community, Shulman has presented her work at McGill University’s conference „Time Forms“ and she teaches internationally within varied realms of dance education. Ami Shulman is an Artistic Associate of the Springboard Project Montreal/New York and she is a certified practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method.
Professional Experience (Performing)
2006–2009 Compagnie Marie Chouinard
2004–2008 Compagnie Flak/Jose Navas
2002 Zab Maboungou
2001 Guest performer for White Oak Project (Montreal)
2001 Gregory Maqoma/Vuyani Dance Theatre Project
2000 Inzalo Dance and Theatre Co.
1999 State Theatre Opera (Pretoria, South Africa)
2015 „1001 Lights“, choreography for large scale film installation in collaboration with Movement Perpetuel, presented in Finland.
2013 „Of the Survival of Images“, performance for video in collaboration with Butch Rovan has been presented in the USA, Glasgow and Athens.
2010 „In Place of the Unfolding“, performance for video in collaboration with Butch Rovan. This B/W high speed video with stereo sound has been presented in the USA.
2009 „Let us imagine a straight Line“, The Rovan/Shulman Project. This interactive Dance/Video-Installation has been presented in the USA, Warsaw, Sydney and Istanbul.
Ami Shulman’s unique approach to movement education crosses multidisciplinary fields and with her work she has been invited into the worlds of theatre, embodied mathematics and neuroscience. In the realm of dance, Ami has taught for companies and institutions such as:
Juilliard School, Göteborg Danskompani, Staatstheater Kassel, Jacob’s Pillow, CODARTS, CODA, Alvin Ailey School, Hollins University, Cedar Lake, LA Dance Project, Brown University, National Theatre School of Canada, School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Concordia University, Université de Québec a Montréal, EDCMTL and L’École Supérieure de Ballet Contemporaine.
She has also trained companies such as:
Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Compagnie Flak, Cirque Du Soleil and is an Associate Artist of the Springboard project Montreal/New York.
Artistic Direction / Choreographic Assistance
2013 Goteborg Operans, „Sacre Du Printemps“ / „Body Remix“, Marie Chouinard
2013 Ballet BC, „Giselle“, Jose Navas
2013 National Ballet of Canada, „Watershed“, Jose Navas, Toronto
2012 Cirque Du Soleil, „One“, Olivier Simola
2015 Rehearsal Direction for Tony Chong
2014 Rehearsal Direction for O Vertigo Danse under Artistic Direction of Ginette Laurin
2009–2013 Artistic Direction on tour and Rehearsal Direction for Compagnie Marie Chouinard
2005–2014 Rehearsal Direction for Jose Navas/Compagnie Flak
Choreography and Movement Direction for Theater Productions
2015 Shakespeare Theatre Company/Yael Farber’s „Salome“
2012 Grand Theatre Junction’s „Lucy lost her Heart“
2011 Repercussion Theatre’s Shakespeare, „Macbeth“
Set and Costume Design for Gregory Maqoma’s „Southern Comfort“, Southbank, London