Choreographer, performer, dancer, writer.

Ami Garmon, American, has lived and worked between France and Berlin since 1988 and moved permanently to Berlin in 2003.

She creates mostly one-woman shows for theaters and museums, often collaborating with visual and sound artists in performance installations that are intensely visceral and poetic immersive atmospheres for her writings, her voice and her dances. Her interest has always been on emotion and nostalgia. With a focus on writing, performance and precision of movement, her work stretches over diverse fields and media.

She has received generous support throughout the years from the Ministère de la Culture en France and Hauptstadtkulturfonds from Germany and co-productions with theaters in France, Berlin and Spain, the Institut Français in Bilbao, Berlin and Kyoto. Musee d’Art Moderne - Paris, Musee d’Art Contemporain-Marseille, Festival d'Uzès, ImPulsTanz, Tanzfabrik, Uferstudios, Tanz im August, Sophiensaele, HAU, Théâtre de la Bastille.

As a dancer and performer she worked with (among others) Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods, Marianne Dissard, Steve Paxton, Raja Kelly, Marco Berrettini, Phillippe Decoufle, Pierre Droulers, Greg Haines, Christiane Hommelsheim, Julia Jarcho, Nadia Lauro, Nicolas Losson, Remo Lotano, Mark Thompkins, Janina Janke for Oper Dynamo West, Olivier Zol, Jeremy Wade.

Current projects

Patience and Hunger / Where was I?

Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the framework of the initiative NEUSTART KULTUR, aid programm DIS-TANZEN by the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland.

2020 – Present

Patience & Hunger is the first book and album by Ami Garmon. It collects poems and stories together with what she calls back stories written over the last 20 years. Often part of her dance and choreographic performances, they poetically - sometimes drastically, sometimes surrealistically - develop Garmon’s own experiences and endurance. They treat difficult, painful, troubling topics of love, abuse, neglect, parental struggles, abandonment, grief and mental health. Yet hers is a voice of someone that through honesty and humor retains and continually reaffirms her self-respect, pride and strength.

The back stories literally pick up on her crippling back injuries throughout her 35 year career as a dancer and choreographer, revealing and reflecting with poignant and funny understanding on her autobiography in a family struggling with mental health issues. 

Conceived and developed during a 4-month long residency in Madeira/Portugal, “Patience & Hunger” the book forms part of a wider, multimedial project including a performative exhibition (The Pink Room) in Funchal/Madeira and a cassette album, which akin to a radio play transmit the cinematic feel of many of her texts. The album was released in a limited tape edition and on bandcamp (link) in December 2021.
The book will be published at the end of 2022 (created in collaboration with Ada Favaron, Remo V. Lotano and Timon Mürer).

Where was I? 

Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the framework of the initiative NEUSTART KULTUR, aid programm DIS-TANZEN by the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland.

Conceived, written and performed by Ami Garmon, choreography by Quincy Junor, Scenography by Remo Lotano (premier autumn 2022).
This is a choreographic work in response or summation with a question mark and follow-up creation from the completion of Patience and Hunger.  

Where was I?
I was out to lunch and the sparrows were having a feast with my mind. I followed the sparrows and not the crumbs.

Where was I? will be choreographed monologues of constant interruptions and detours. The question the character repeatedly asks as she wakes up in the middle of a discourse or dance and realizes that she lost the plot (either by not completing the dance or the story or starting a brief interlude with the audience) is “Where was I? Oops, sorry I digress again, Where was I? Now? What were we talking about? Where was I? For real, which corner did you find me on? Where was I? What the fuck was I thinking???”.

Throughout the performance, the choreographic phrases will always seem as the one cohesive thought in the work no matter where she stops in the phrase and goes back into dialogue with the audience or immerses her attention with a prop. Ultimately, finding the balance between both movement and disruption.

The Go to Guy 2022: Writing research grant project

Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR #TakeHeart HAU (Hebbel am Ufer) Residency program.

Performative publishing writing research. 

This project explores mosaics of writing, voice and imagery, moving digital fiction, audio fiction, print and monologue theatrical work. This research involves graphic collaboration with Ada Favaron and text development and recording with the actor Frank Willens.