Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood began his dance career in 1975. After three years of study in contemporary techniques, he quickly gravitated toward instantaneous composition and Contact Improvisation which allowed him a greater freedom of expression while incorporating other disciplines such as gymnastics, athletics, yoga, meditation, martial arts, and various somatic approaches. Formerly artistic director of AH HA Productions, Andrew has dedicated himself to the research, education, development, and dissemination of improvisation as a performing art for 40 years. He studied and performed with Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith, and Nita Little, the founders of Contact Improvisation, and danced for the companies of Marie Chouinard, Jean-Pierre Perreault, Jo Lechay and Fulcrum, as well as the improvisational ensembles The Improvisational Movement Fund, Echo Case, and Discovery Bal. He has also collaborated in performance with Benoît Lachambre, Lisa Nelson, Chris Aiken, Kirstie Simson, Ray Chung, Lin Snelling, Peter Bingham, and Marc Boivin, among others. He is known and respected internationally in the field of instantaneous choreography and contact/compositional improvisation since 1980, and has taught and performed in numerous international festivals throughout North America and Europe as well as South America, Central America Mexico, Australia, Eastern Europe, Israel, and Russia. Harwood has also taught classes to the world-renowned companies of O’ Vertigo and Marie Chouinard as well as the Montreal circus group Les Sept Doigts de la Main. He is the recipient of the Canada Council’s Jacqueline-Lemieux award for the year 2000.
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