AMANDA SUM is an emerging performer and creator who dances between theatre and music. She is based in Vancouver, on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
As an actor, Amanda’s recent credits include The Wolves (With A Spoon/Rumble/Pacific), Chicken Girl (rice&beans), 2 seasons of the East Van Panto (Theatre Replacement), and do you want what i have got? a craigslist cantata (The Cultch).
Amanda has collaborated on many interdisciplinary theatre based works, which have brought her to perform at On The Boards (Seattle), and the Fury Factory Festival of Ensemble and Devised Theatre (San Francisco). Past devised works include Other Inland Empires (Swim Club), New Societies and Champion (re:current theatre), and Double Happiness: Detour This Way (Nancy Tam & Robyn Jacob/Music on Main/plastic orchid factory/Neworld Theatre). Amanda holds a BFA in theatre performance from Simon Fraser University.
As a musician, Amanda’s writing floats on top of the indie-pop genre, sometimes dipping into jazz or visiting alternative folk. She was one of the 10 selected acts to perform in the Mainland Concert Series, hosted by Side Door Access and Rogers. Her debut single and music video, Groupthink, was released in September 2020. Her latest single, Hot Headed Egos, was released in May 2021. Amanda is currently developing her debut full-length record. She aims to champion other under-represented artists in her music work. All her sound recordings were made with an all-female production and engineering team, and feature an all-Asian female band. Music recording collaborators include Emily Millard, Olivia Quan, Jamie Lee, Mary Ancheta, Cindy Kao, Shin-Jung Nam, Ginger Chen, and Elisa Pangsaeng.
Original works of Amanda’s include New Band, a 10 minute solo clown piece using a loop pedal and toy instruments, and New Age Attitudes: Live in Concert, a “pop-up book performance and concert in construction paper form”. She is currently developing a dance short film with Justin Calvadores for the 2021 FORM Festival. Amanda dips between disciplines, and values collective opportunities, chortling laughter, matching outfits, rhythm and rigour across all mediums she works with.
NEW AGE ATTITUDES: LIVE IN CONCERT
New Age Attitudes: Live in Concert is the fourth project to be commissioned for T/R’s COLLIDER Residency, a program built around PushOFF to foster artistic practice among Vancouver performance-makers. Amanda produced a limited run of 52 hand-made books, in the form of a ‘construction paper performance’ for PushOFF 2021: Speculative Futures. The books were hand delivered or mailed directly to peoples homes. This new version of the work will combine this personal gesture with music from Amanda’s upcoming new album to create an entirely unique live performance format.
Photos by Savannah Wheaton and Amanda Sum