Dance Improvisation & Performance Intensive with Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser

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August 9, 2015 - 5:00pm - August 15, 2015 - 3:00pm

A 6-day residential workshop focused on dance improvisation, performance, and other related work. Our time will be spent tuning and stretching our physical and perceptual capacities. Dancing, watching, talking, performing, and composing will be a part of our daily practice and research.

The material of this intensive is informed by Chris and Angie’s experience with a wide range of forms. There are recognizable influences from contemporary dance training, contact improvisation, fascia research, Alexander Technique, ecological psychology, and visual and architectural design.

This workshop will culminate in a public performance in Northampton on August 14th. Please come ready to immerse yourself in intensive research and practice.

“Participating in the workshop at Earthdance with Chris and Angie was just what I needed to reinvest in my improvisational practice. I felt supported, challenged, and excited to return home with new information, new friends and collaborators, and a reminder as to why I need to keep improvising. And doing this at Earthdance made it even more potent: the diverse community that came together in this work, and guided so generously by Chris and Angie, really invited my learning to continue beyond the studio.”

- Matthew Cumbie (Dancer/Choreographer with DanceExchange (Washington,DC) and DIPI 2014 participant)

If you are interested in this workshop please send an email stating your interest and listing your experience with improvisation, performance, and movement to ahauser [at] smith [dot] edu. You may also include questions. Thank you.

Tuition, Room & Board (tiered for accessibility)
Professional: $725 | Full: $675 | Subsidized: $625

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Angie Hauser

Angie Hauser is a dance-artist and teacher. Her work and research is grounded by questions of improvisation, performance, and collaboration. Since 2000, Angie has been a member of the Bebe Miller Company. She received a 2006 BESSIE award for her work with the company. Her dancemaking projects include collaborations with many gifted artists including Chris Aiken, K.J. Holmes, Darrell Jones, Andrew Harwood, and Kathleen Hermesdorf. She has also danced with the companies of Elizabeth Streb, Liz Lerman, and Poppo Shiriashi. She has taught dance technique, dancemaking, Contact Improvisation, and improvisation throughout North America and in Europe. Her choreographic collaboration with Chris Aiken has recently received support from NPN, Bates Dance Festival, Florida Dance Festival, and the Chicago Improvisation Festival. Angie received her MFA in dance from the Ohio State University and holds a BA in Art History from University of South Carolina. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Smith College in the Department of Dance where she teaches choreography, creative process, improvisation, and dance technique.
Photo by William Frederking

Chris Aiken

Chris Aiken is a leading international teacher and performer of dance improvisation and Contact Improvisation. Over the past two and a half decades his work has evolved through ongoing investigations of performance, composition, movement technique, and design. His work has been significantly influenced through the somatic practice of the Alexander Technique, ideokinesis, yoga, and the work of Ida Rolf. He has performed and collaborated with many renowned dance artists including Steve Paxton, Kirstie Simson, Nancy Stark Smith, Peter Bingham, Andrew Harwood, Patrick Scully, and Angie Hauser. He has received numerous awards for his artistic work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Bush Foundation Fellowship, funding from the Jerome Foundation, and commissions from the Walker Art Center, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Dance Theater Workshop, Bates Dance Festival, and the National Performers Network. Chris is an Assistant Professor of Dance and the MFA Director at Smith College in Massachusetts.
Photo by Chris Randle

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