AMBER GABRIELLE STEPHENS
Dance began at 4 years of age with ballet and continued through to Contemporary Dance, studying at Auckland's Unitec Performing Arts School. Although internships with Auckland's Black Grace and Melboune's Chunky Move proved incredible mentorship and experience, Amber's path was always to choreograph as well as write and perform. An early break in Vienna, with an alliance with Kruder & Dorfmeister/ Tosca's Rupert Huber kicked off a line up of performances in Vienna including Stadfest, Cityfestwochen and The Vienna Art Fair. However the largest and most rewarding piece was Amber's feature length show entitled The Beggar & The Bird, with Opera singer composer, Natalie Jean Marain.
Choreographic works range from experimental works with live painting, to City Festival showcases in Europe, to Fashion Festivals and feature length Dance Theatre Productions. Amber majored in Contemporary Dance at Auckland's Unitec Performing Arts School, did a minor in Performative Arts at The Academy Of Fine Arts in Vienna and then followed up with a Post Graduate Diploma in Dance back at Auckland's Unitec Performing Arts School. Each work, like Amber's paintings contain a geometric, rhythmic pattern. Her love of numerical arrangements and music, having studied the Violin and performed in the Auckland Junior Philharmonic Orchestra, has been the base of each production. You will discover through each work, the subject matter is largely connected with existentialism, metaphysics and human relationships, namely the search for identity and access to power and human potential.