© Dorothea Tuch
„The body is a physical manifestation of being. The fact that a performer can express the essence of being through the intricacy of movement at any given moment, is to me, virtuosity redefined. The movement that exists within a movement is an expression that is as unique to each person as their fingerprint – an expression of infinite possibility. I don’t think we have begun to know how expansive the world is until we stand on this precipice of possibility.“
Ami Shulman, who was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, studied dance and performing arts at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, as well as psychology at the University of South Africa in Pretoria. She completed her Bachelor of Arts with five main subjects: choreography, direction, performance, scenography and psychology. In 1998, she won the Amanda Holmes Award for Best Choreography for Donna Belladonna, her final project in the Dramatic Arts Programme at the University of the Witwatersrand. In 1999, she studied dance at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam, continuing at the London Contemporary Dance School a year later. She has been living and working in Montreal since 2001.
From 2006, she danced at the Compagnie Marie Chouinard and performed in various works for José Navas/Compagnie Flak and Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata-Nyata. She has developed her own specific dance-training programme and taught it around the world.
She has been invited to lecture at various universities, including the Juilliard School in New York, the Rotterdam Danse Academy, the Brown University (Providence, USA), the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa), Cirque Du Soleil as well as the Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). She has taught professional dancers as part of Canada’s Springboard Project, for which she is Artistic Associate. Her training focuses on the floor as a key element in movements and the proprioceptive perceptions of dancers.
After joining the Compagnie Marie Chouinard, she became its artistic director on tours and managed rehearsals for both the Compagnie Marie Chouinard and Compagnie Flak.Together with the musician and video artist Joseph Butch Rovan, she has created a series of multi-media, interactive installations, most recently the 2014 sound and video installation Of the Survival of Images, which has been shown around the world. She is interested in media art and technology and in 2003 took part in a series of seminars on photography and film at the Concordia University in Montreal.