On the Couch with Amber Haines

Dancenorth Australia Amber HainesWho is Amber Haines? 
Amber Haines is a choreographer, embodiment researcher, mother and photographer who has been creating critically acclaimed works and embodiment experiences for Dancenorth Australia for the last 9 years.

What would you do differently from what you do now?       
Impossible to imagine – this is exactly where I should be right now.

Who inspires you and why?       
Nigerian philosopher and writer Báyò Akómoláfé. I am inspired by his poetic, unconventional and counterintuitive take on civic action, activism and social change.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I believe that true change happens within smaller spheres of influence in incremental ways through love. I would desire to create the conditions and the healing where by notions of interbeing are available to naturally drive societal, political and economic decisions at government and community levels. 

Favorite holiday destination and why?
Yunbenun (Magnetic Island) – A beautiful tropical Island that is a National Park, non-touristic, community driven and unpretentious, with an extraordinary and inspiring landscape unlike any other.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?  
Yunbenun (Magnetic island), Crystal Creek, Alligator Creek and The Frosty Mango. Nature, nature, nature and locally made ice-cream. Celebrating regional treats!

What are you currently reading?
Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle.

What are you currently listening to?  
Arooj Aftab and The Emerald.

Happiness is? 

What does the future hold for you? 
I love not knowing.

Amber’s work can be seen in Dancenorth Australia‘s production of Wayfinder – which will be presented in the Space Theatre – Adelaide Festival Centre from 15 – 17 March, as part of the 2024 Adelaide Festival. For more information, visit: www.adelaidefestival.com.au for details.

Image: Amber Haines (supplied)