Amelia Koper Heintzelman and Leah Fournier have been collaborators for nearly a decade. They have received long-term project support through The School for Contemporary Dance & Thought in Northampton, MA as Artists-in-Residence, taught and set work on their pre-professional teen company, and performed alongside world-renowned artists Kathleen Hermesdorf and Sara Shelton Mann.
They have been awarded residencies at Landfalls, The Floor, MOtiVE Brooklyn, and presented work at Center for Performance Research, Lubov Gallery, Essex Flowers Gallery, freeskewl, Chashama, and University Settlement. They have performed in bars, on rooftops, at public parks, and through DIY programming within their Brooklyn community. They contribute to the larger dance ecosystem as artists, administrators, teachers, and community organizers. Most recently, they were in collaboration with sculptor Afruz Amighi for a performance installation premiering at Asia Society in Spring 2023. They both contribute to the artist-run space, Pageant, in East Williamsburg where their newest work premiered in June 2023.
Leah and Amelia have toured to Fresh Festival in San Francisco, CA, to Ercourt, France for a residency at Centre Pompadour, and to the David Owsley Art Museum at Ball State University. They have created site-specific commissions for Trieber Farms in North Fork, Long Island, and for Pioneer Valley Ballet’s production of “A Midsummer Nights’ Dream” in Northampton, MA.
They developed the class series Comedy Pilates, a pilates mat class series employing performativity to an otherwise robotic form and were featured in the New York Times. They have taught workshops focused on collaboration at Mount Holyoke College, Landfalls Artist Residency, Pageant Space, and through freeskewl’s online platform.