Amanda Apetrea (born in 1981 in Uppsala, Sweden) is a performer and choreographer based in Stockholm. In her work she integrates political theories such as feminism, sexpositivism, body positivism, transfeminism and queerutopism. Apetrea went to Ballet Academy in Stockholm and has a master in choreography from DOCH (University College of Dance and Circus), Stockholm.
Her works are marked by her a significantly feminist point of view that calls into question larger power structures of modern world through the performance of classical and cultural dance, spectacle and conceptual performance. Her current works challenge structures that restrain and inhibit the microcosm of the choreographic field as a reflection of society at large.
During her education at Ballet Academy (Stockholm 2002-2005) and Mychoreography (lead by Mårten Spångberg at DOCH, 2008-2010) she examined power relationships of gender interactions, as well as her own personal and professional role or roles in these relationships, both on stage and off.
While at DOCH she created and performed The Rite of Spring and A Warrior's Roar Holler Across The Sky, with her cohort.
They performed at: Kaaitheater Brussels, Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier, Hau Theatre Berlin, a loft in New York, PAF St Erme. MDT Stockholm and Atalante Theatre Gothenburg.
In earning her MA through the Mychoreography program Amanda worked with such artists as: Xavier Le Roy, Alice Chauchat, Krõõt Juurak, Christine De Smedt, Tino Sehgal, Dorothea von Hantelmann, Siegmar Zacharias, Petra Sabisch, Elizabeth Ward, Bojana Cvejic, Mette Ingvardsen, Juan Domiguez, and Jan Ritsema.
Amanda co-founded the ÖFA-collective (2004), a feminist art collective and a support and discussion group, along with 23 other members. With OFA Amanda danced and acted in shows and club performances such as VGTP!, ÖFA: Spring Concert, The lesbian philosophy, ÖFA: DANCE, ÖFA: IMARSCH, ÖFA: MAGIC/LOGIC, ÖFA: What happens in Uppsala stays in Uppsala, ÖFA: MONSTER and ÖFA: DANCEOKE.
Together with ÖFA, Amanda does performances, party performances, lectures and workshops.
As Amanda has continued to critically examine, integrate and inhabit the overlapping politically radical theoretical concepts (feminism, sex positivity, body positivity, transfeminism, queer utopianism, to name a few) her work has significantly hinged on the collaborative process, and ethos fostered with the ÖFA-collective. Some of these collaboratively authored works are: I Ass Jazz with Emma Tolander and Lisen Rosell, EDIE&EDIE with Emma Tolander, Beauty and the Beast with Halla Ólafsdóttir featuring Lisen Rosell and Chrisander Brun (jardin d’europe 2013 prize winner), Samlingen with Nadja Hjorton, Zoë Poluch, Stina Nyberg and Halla Ólafsdóttir. I’m a Very Understanding Woman with Mica Sigourney (SF, USA).
Although nobody can teach her anything, she has learned and still learns from and would like to thank people, phenomenas, associations and things like:
Her mother and father Mona Hård and Coste Apetrea, her other moms, Therese Apetrea and Maud Karlsson, her brothers and sisters, Emmy Apetrea, Jimi Apetrea, Emil Herrera and Jona Herrera, Hanna Isaksson, her aunt (RIP) Romana Apetrea, feminism, queer theory, gender studies, Halla Ólafsdóttir, Emma Tolander, Nadja Hjorton, Mica Sigourney, San Francisco, The ÖFA-collective, Katarina Winter, Anna Wallgren, Anna Ehrlemark, Siri Hjorton Wagner, Caroline Åberg, Emelie Garmén, Hanna Karlsson, Stina Michelson, Lisen Rosell, Märta Thisner, Irma Ortega, Britta Persson and Kajsa Lisa Larsson, Reginateatern Uppsala, Maria Björk, Paul Kessel, Dany Kessel and Sam Kessel, Samlingen, THE FUTURE/CHICAGO, Sidney Leoni, Stina Nyberg, Zoë Poluch, Ben Evans, Luís Miguel Felix and Emma Kim Hagdahl, love, lust, fear, Alexis Holmqvist, Johannes Gehring, Leo Park, Peter Connelly, Enad Marouf, Kristoffer Elfström, Carl Michael Edenborg, The Swedish Dance History, Jessyka Watson Galbraith, Mychoreography, Mårten Spångberg, Alice Chauchat, Krõõt Juurak, Cecilia Bengolea, Christine De Smedt, Siegmar Zacharias, Petra Sabisch, Rebecka Stillman, Uri Turkenich, Elizabeth Ward, Bojana Cvejic, Tino Sehgal, Dorothea von Hantelmann, Juan Domiguez, Paf, Jan Ritsema, Undertone, Ludvig Daae, Martin Lervik, Rami Jawhari, Franziska Aigner, Tom Engels, Manon Santkin, Mariana Suikkanen Gomes, Mattias Lech, Andrea Csaszni Rygh, Ivar Furre Aam, Eliisa Erävalo, Sweden, Carl Olof Berg, Malin Hellkvist Sellén, MDT, Anna Soley Tryggvadottir, Chrisander Brun