Dance Improvisation & Performance Intensive 2016 with Chris Aiken & Angie Hauser

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August 7, 2016 - 5:00pm - August 13, 2016 - 3:00pm

A 6­-day residential workshop focused on dance improvisation, performance, and 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. The intensive culminates in a public performance Friday, August 12th in Northampton, MA.

To apply, please send an email stating your interest and experience with improvisation, performance, and movement to ahauser [at] smith [dot] edu.

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.
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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.
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