live writing and performance at The Performance Arcade, 2016  

with Mick Douglas  

In this new collaboration Amaara Raheem and Mick Douglas are building a practice of generating writing-for-performance and writing that performs through live contexts, in relation to sites, chance encounters and circumstances.  They are exploring modes for the presentation and performance of their writing, focusing on the vocabulary of voicing and sounding, gesture and movement, and the potential inter-relations of the duet. 

In developing an elemental force through vocalizing their writing, Amaara and Mick undertook a short residence at Auckland University in February 2016, experimenting with the choreography of call and response, chorus and dissent, narrating and wandering, conducting and instructing, translating and non-linear patterning, writing objects and spatialising events. They shared words in fluid form, staging a liquid surface, taking audiences on words as vessels giving passage through sensations and embodied meanings.  

Writing into breathing. Word that flap, words that fly. Popping up in unexpected situations. Spatial choreography. 

Amaara and Mick presented ‘Wake’ – a performance of live writing – at the Performance Arcade 2016 in Wellington, 2-6 March.  


Artist as Nomad


With Christopher Matthews & Dr. Sara Houston

Artist as Nomad was a hybrid arts project made in collaboration choreographer Christopher Matthews, and National Teaching Fellow Dr. Sara Houston at University of Roehampton, 2013-2014.  

Seeking to challenge out-dated perspectives on assumptions on what a dance-artist can do, create or achieve in the 21st C Artist as Nomad brought together three diverse dance practitioners to think through a series of question in relation to mobility, movement and labour. The project extended out to include independent artists to consider the nature of mobility, cultural cartography, creative citizenship and what to pack when making work on the road. 

Together they activated a series of propositions to seed new ways of exploring artistic, creative and social entrepreneurship. Working with concepts of mobility, creative citizenship, and dance education they were interested in questioning notions of labour in an increasingly productivity driven arts market. Broadly, the project asked how can mobility support individual or collective notions of cultural citizenship, connect to community and increase productivity in the creative economy? By examining multiplicity of concerns around the term ‘nomadism’, Artist as Nomad questioned existing frameworks of creative and social and creative entrepreneurship, offering a more fluid dialogue and programme of activities to debate these vital themes. 

As part of the final installation at Asia House Christopher and Amaara collaborated on a screendance installation. Occupying spaces and sites they created a ‘dialogue’, responding to each other’s histories of movement through movement.  

Amaara went onto to collaborate with composer, Tobias Stürmer to create a sound-score: The Blank Room. 

Choreography & performance: Amaara Raheem & Christopher Matthews
Sound score: Tobias Stürmer
Researcher: Dr. Sara Houston
Dramaturgy & Photography: Michelle Outram  
Supported by: Creativeworks London, Roehampton Dance, Asia House.



Curated by Independent Dance at Siobhan Davies Dance Studios 

Presented by Independent Dance in association with Siobhan Davies DanceWhat_Now 2014 re-imagined the idea of a festival by hosting a group of 20 artists to explore processes of moving through collective practice and theory, asking: what moves us, and how do we articulate and think through movement?  

Over four days and three nights, 20 residency artists were invited to live and sleep in Siobhan Davies Studios. Their time together involved following strands of thought, allowing guest speakers’ contributions feed into their processes, working on and with actions without necessarily producing choreographic objects. In the opening circle as we gathered for the first time, curator Frank Bock welcomed us to the festival with the words ‘time is the greatest resource we have’.  

Audiences were invited to listen in, converse, watch, read, and share – to look for things that happen, and be a part of what was happening. 

I wrote an artists’ essay with residency artist, Stefan Jovanovic which was published in the inaugural issue of Motio journal.


The sky is falling, The Money's all gone

With Lucky Pierre  

In 2014 I participated in this DIY project. DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual training and professional development projects for other artists.  

Project Summary: 
We are living in a time of both unprecedented technological wonder and the alarming consequences of unchecked “growth.” Natural, industrial and economic disasters threaten the patterns of ordinary life. How can artists respond to and work against despair amid evidence of ongoing economic, environmental, and social fragility? Are we the relief workers of the new collapse? 

Co-opting the “free” on-line course model of corporatized higher education, Lucky Pierre as L.P.F.U lead the workshop:  “The Sky Is Falling. The Money’s All Gone.”  Over a period of 8 weeks, L.P.F.U facilitators and selected participants worked to create responses to themes of environmental and economic fragility. 

We responded to a series of weekly prompts. These short assignments generated material (performance, writing, video, music, visuals, etc.) that informed and offered new processes and methods for furthering participants’ individual practices post-workshop. 

At the conclusion of the shared study period, I developed this project inspired by the collective research: https://soundcloud.com/lucky-pierre-chicago/sets/amaara-raheem-prompt-2

DIY 11 is a Live Art Development Agency initiative, this specific opportunity was developed in partnership with Abandon Normal Devices and supported by Create Ireland


Of two minds

With Tobias Stürmer

Of Two Minds explored resonance, counterpoint, and confrontation, self and otherness: what does working as a duet mean? What creative methodologies, or creations does it foster across – and among – diverse fields of practice? How is the duet different from other forms of collaboration? When does this experience of alterity become an experience of duality? And what happens then? 

As invited speakers Amaara Raheem and Tobias Sturmer presented a creative-practice research intervention mining their long term collaboration which has been inspired by a shared longing for, absence of, and belonging to several lands, linguistic and cultural identities. Although they come from different cultures, backgrounds and journeys they share a relationship to place that is both disposable and demanding. It is through this lens that they question and articulate topographical flights ‘diversity’ has taken in time and space and notions of searching for one's ‘roots’. 

Presented in 2014 at Of Two Minds Symposium at Sadlers Wells