Founder | Artistic Director
Danielle Agami was born in Israel in 1984, where she studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance High School and was a member of the Batsheva Dance Company. Between 2007 and 2009, Agami served as the Artistic Director of Batsheva Dancers Create, and functioned as the company's rehearsal director from 2008-2010. After 8 years with Batsheva, Agami moved to New York to serve as the Senior Manager of Gaga U.S.A.
In 2012, Agami relocated to Seattle where she founded Ate9- an undertaking that has fully realized her artistic voice as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Danielle was the grand prize winner of the 2013 & 2014 Annual Choreography Festival at the McCallum Theatre and Dance Magazine’s Top 25 to watch in 2015. In 2016 she was recognized with the Princess Grace Award for Choreography and created a new work, "Pick a Chair", with Visceral Dance in Chicago.
Agami was recently named as the recipient of the Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship for Women Choreographers for 2018 during which she will be developing a solo work and researching a new ballet class inspired by her years of experience with Gaga Movement Language.
Company Manager | Jordan Klitzke
Having many questions about the sensorial experience of movers and viewers, Jordan choose to be a choreographer, performance coach and dramaturg for up and coming artists. Currently, he is the company manager of AteNine and dramaturg for choreographer Danielle Agami. Jordan received a BA in Biology from Gustavus Adolphus Collage and later trained with Delfos Danza Contemporanea at La Escuela Profesional de Danza de Mazatlan in Mexico where he became a certified teacher of the Continuum technique developed by Omar Carrum. In December 2018 he will complete his MFA in Dance at Arizona State University with his thesis focusing on the relationship between sensation, fantasy, and performance. Jordan constantly travels between the US and Latin America for choreographic and cultural exchange projects.
Our Board of Directors:
Ariel Carpenter | Board Chair
Charlotte Spiegelman | Vice Chair
Wileen Dragovan | Treasurer
Lorraine Evanoff | Secretary
Cheryl Mann | Branding & Image
Ate9 was founded by Agami in 2012 -- fueled by her vision to transform dance and engage new audiences with bold, innovative work. After a very successful first season in Seattle, where the company premiered Sally meets Stu to rave reviews, Agami relocated Ate9 to Los Angeles in 2013 to expand opportunities for the company and fully manifest its mission.
mISSION >>>>> Ate9 is dedicated to evolving the world of dance, and devoted to reimagining the role dance can play in communities of all kinds.
Within three months, Ate9 had made its Los Angeles debut with a performance of Sally meets Stu at Los Angeles Theater Center. The presentation electrified the audience and quickly established Ate9 as a refreshing, bold new voice on the L.A. dance scene. The company’s 2013/14 season further solidified Ate9’s transformative role on the L.A. dance landscape with commissions and presentations for clients such as L.A. County Arts Commission, The Music Center, REDCAT Studio, The Industry Opera, Grand Park, Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Design for Sharing (UCLA), Celebrate Dance, The Krupnick Festival, CAP UCLA, The LA Philharmonic Orchestra @ The Hollywood Bowl, as well as continuing to tour nationwide.
"She’s the kind of dancer who truly appears to live onstage, moment by moment, in a highly conscious state. A mesmerizing performance, a very big pay-off after years of L.A. dance-viewing to see a woman artist of this caliber create dance in our city."
-Debra Levine, ArtsMeme
Agami also collected the Grand Prize from more established choreographers at the Annual Choreography Festival at the McCallum Theatre, PalmDesert, CA in 2013, and again in 2014, and was awarded the prestigious 2016 Princess Grace Award, which honors emerging artists in theater, dance and film. As part of the prize, Agami will create a new commissioned work for Visceral Dance Chicago. Ate9 is now a highly sought after dance company, this prolific outpouring of work has allowed the company to make major waves in the dance community, as well as build a solid organizational infrastructure for continued growth. With an expanded Board of Directors, Ate9 has significantly diversified its base of financial support and increased its revenue potential. Ate9 will continue to blaze a trail in Los Angeles with productions that are innovative, visceral, interactive and accessible to the diverse communities around this city and the globe.
"I think her [Agami's] priority is not to imagine how to exploit riches in service to her 'brand' but instead to position her artistic ideas within an internationally engaged 'art city' in pursuit of creating great work — from here. I respect that diligence and awareness.”
-Kristy Edmunds, Artistic Director, Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA