The cast is comprised of dancers handpicked by Agami– together they are committed to the research and development of the distinct voice of Ate9. Since its inception, Ate9 was given the blessing by Ohad Naharin to use Gaga as its primary training method and extend it to the various communities it visits.
Ate9’s repertory is built upon the desire to engage newcomers and fans. Agami enjoys framing her work in a traditional theatre setting, just as much as canceling the gap between the audience and the performer in more non-traditional spaces. Agami understands the potential that comes through subtlety, as much as the need to ignore boundaries. The work can respect the viewer, but will often surprise. The idea and motivation invites people from all demographics into our circuit.
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival - as seen in the NY Times (click here)
Danielle Agami is a dancer, choreographer, and former member of the Batsheva Dance Company in Israel. She served as rehearsal director of Batsheva from 2008-10 and Artistic Director of Batsheva Dancers Create from 2007-09. After 8 years with Batsheva, Agami moved to New York to establish Gaga USA as a master Gaga teacher.
In 2012, Agami relocated to Seattle where she founded Ate9 Dance Company- a beautiful undertaking that has established her as an important voice in America. Agami has created over 8 complete works with Ate9 during its 5-year history in addition to her multiple commissions throughout the LA community including the LA Philharmonic, The Music Center, CAP UCLA, The Industry Opera, LA Dance Project, and The Krupnick Festival. Danielle was the grand prize winner of the 2013 & 14 Annual Choreography Festivals at the McCallum Theatre and one of Dance Magazine’s Top 25 to Watch in 2015. She received a 2016 Princess Grace Award for Choreography and the 2018 Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship for Women Choreographers at the Center for Ballet and the Arts, NYU.
Genna Moroni graduated from LACHSA and magna cum laude from UCLA. In 2011, she met Barak Marshall while performing his work with BODYTRAFFIC. Since then, Genna has been fortunate to work as Marshall's choreographic assistant whenever possible. In June 2012, Genna was invited as a founding member of Danielle Agami’s Ate9 Dance Company. Lately, Genna has been developing her own choreography for stage & film. She has enjoyed opportunities to perform & choreograph for musical artists such as Helado Negro, Jarina De Marco & Francisca Valenzuela. In addition to choreography and performance, Genna is also a Gaga Certified teacher.
Rebecah Goldstone is from Santa Fe, NM where she trained and performed for many years with Moving People Dance Santa Fe under the direction of Ronn Stewart and Layla Amis. In 2012, she received her BFA from The Boston Conservatory. Goldstone has been with Ate9 since its inception and is a certified Gaga teacher under the umbrella of Ate9.
Sarah Butler received early dance training at the Marin Ballet School and graduated with a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts. She has been in process with and performed work by Alex Ketley of The Foundry and more recently with Tom Weinberger in Seattle, WA. Sarah teaches open classes through Ate9 in Los Angeles and recently staged Agami’s Vickie on students of Cornish College of the Arts.