Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – performance

Amelia Bande

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – performance
Region: Los Angeles, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Amelia Bande is a writer, performer, music maker, and teacher from Santiago, Chile. She uses text and songs to create live performances and low-fi musicals.

Her solo and collaborative work has been shown at Artists Space, MoCa, Human Resources, The Poetry Project, Storm King Arts Center, Participant Inc., BOFFO Performance Festival, EFA Project Space, Leslie Lohman Museum of Art, NgBK, and others. Bande has been an artist in residence at The Shandaken Project, Yaddo, Fire Island Artist Residency, and Human Resources. She's currently a writer in residence at NYU's Spanish and Portuguese department teaching performance and playwriting in their creative writing M.F.A. program.

Her play Chueca won the 2006 National Playwright Award in Chile and was later published with her second play Partir y Renunciar in a Spanish-English bilingual edition by Sangría Editora in 2012. Belladonna Collaborative published her 2017 chapbook The Clothes We Wear. A sound archive of her early performances with Canción de Amor Desea Verle was released by Infinito Audio in Chile. She was co-editor of Critical Correspondence, an online publication of Movement Research.

In 2021, she launched her online language school, @melios_university, creating Spanish learning programs from NIAD Arts Center and The LA Tenants Union.

At MacDowell, Bande worked on a musical performance about translation and language as a fluid material.


Monday Music

Amelia Bande worked in the Monday Music studio.

Given to the residency by the Monday Music Club of Orange, NJ, Monday Music Studio is sited next to an enormous boulder deposited by glaciers thousands of years ago. A small dormer once pierced the east slope of the roof, but after damage suffered in the 1938 hurricane, the roof was rebuilt without the dormer. The interior…

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