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