We have a responsibility to bring awareness to the humanity of others.
Ambo Dance Theatre works to accomplish this mission through its four pillars:
To create original modern and contemporary dance works that share a unique voice
To provide equitable access to educational opportunities in dance to the community.
To foster a dance community that honors and invites all individuals to participate.
To build sustainable, paid performance and choreographic opportunities for local dance artists.
Ambo Dance Theatre (Louisville, KY) is a modern and post-modern dance company under the direction of Amberly M. Simpson, formally established in April of 2019. Their work is often interdisciplinary in nature, combining elements from theatre, film, photography, and visual arts to create works that touch on social issues and the human condition.
Using a collaborative model for creation, Ambo Dance Theatre not only presents the unique voice of the choreographer, but also the direct input and movement vocabulary of the dancers themselves to create innovative, integrative, and original modern dance works that unify a variety of perspectives on complex topics.
BUT...WHAT'S AN AMBO?!
The name Ambo comes from a childhood nickname that was given to Ambo Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director, Amberly M. Simpson when she was a young child, drawing a comparison to the Sylvester Stallone movie, Rambo.
Over the years, the nickname stuck and was adopted by others. It is a nickname used only by those that know her intimately, and, as such, the name itself represents entering in a space of intimacy, vulnerability, complexity, and intense honesty, as well as an unyielding spirit tenaciously devoted to a cause…just with a little less violence and recklessness than the actual Rambo.