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“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, invited my learning to continue beyond the studio.”  

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

DIPI 2015 Postcard

One dancer’s reflection on Chris and Angie’s Eco-Poetic approach to dancemaking


The Dance Current  Canada’s Dance Magazine

TDC on the Ground

Swell Season

By Susan Lee

I was a wreck when I first arrived at Swell: a Contact Dance Intensive and Eco-Poetic Approach to Improvisation, a workshop presented by Mocean Dance this past June in Halifax. The four-day intensive was led by acclaimed teachers and dancers Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser, American improvisers and dancemakers who currently teach at Smith College in Massachusetts. In the two months preceding the workshop I had been mostly bedridden, unable to eat solid food and too weak to be on my feet for more than a few hours a day. I couldn’t speak because of the painful canker sores in my mouth. The rules of the game had somehow changed – recovery did not follow rest. I rested and rested and rested and still I couldn’t speak, falling down from dizziness and crawling to my bed because of fatigue. I was frustrated by the breakdown of my body, and angry and disheartened by my inability to heal. Three weeks before the workshop I was taken to emergency for IV rehydration and pain relief. And now I came to dance – or to observe, in case I could not dance.

But funnily enough I could dance. Somehow, over the course of the workshop my body and spirit began to heal. By the end of the workshop I could speak with less pain, eat solid food and dance more than I had thought possible. Two weeks after the workshop, I was still improving.

During those four days in Halifax the twelve of us worked on shaping attention, gestures of intention, the dialogue of the body in relationship to gravity, spinal integration, and researched the ecological relationships of our dancemaking with the world. We cultivated an awareness of how our connective tissues feed information to the interior architectures of our bodies. We danced many scores, watched each other, fed each other, carried each other and shared. We created a fluid intentional community for those four days. You know, the usual.

So how did attending this workshop help me to heal? I could simply posit that I love to dance and to do what I love is healing. I could say that a big part of improvisation is listening to one’s body and deepening one’s experience of “now”. “Beginner’s mind” is cultivated, and if one quiets one’s mind, one can find infinite space – space to create, to be and to heal. I could also say that letting my parents (who live in Halifax) take care of me like I was a child by feeding me soft foods and driving me to the workshop was a factor in the healing.

But in my fanciful mind, I feel that what really helped was dancing the idea of eco-poetics. Chris and Angie proposed that we approach improvisation by cultivating our ability to see ourselves as part of the web of nature and the human ecosystems of culture, history and socio-political forces. Our bodies are micro-systems that absorb and are in relationship to those influences over time. We dance in relationship to gravity and our histories, in an intricately reciprocal relationship between creating and responding.

I love the work because it connects me to the world and locates me in time and space. Somehow, by nudging my body towards those connections I became aware of the circles of communities I belong to – overlapping sets and subsets of people over time like a four-dimensional Venn diagram. I was in Halifax (my hometown), surrounded by family, dancing with old friends and new ones. The interweaving of kinship and history created a web of support I felt in my body that allowed me to surrender to healing.

Fanciful yes, but real nonetheless.

In the months since the workshop my health has improved slowly, but steadily. I don’t fall down anymore (except when I choose to), the cankers are less virulent and if I rest a lot I can more or less function. The reason for my illness continues to be a mystery to my doctors and naturopath and we are still working towards making me stronger and less fatigued. When struggling with a prolonged illness, it’s easy to feel isolated. I think the lasting benefit of this workshop is that it reminds me to connect with my friends and family, my garden or with my body in movement when I am depressed or ill. Acknowledging that – sometimes invisible – web of connection helps me realize that all I need to do right now is take a deep breath and be. The rest will take care of itself.

A link to the article here

Angie Hauser teaching in Boston, MA

September 28, 2013

Moving Target Boston


Contemporary Dance Technique Master Class


Angie Hauser in "Dwell" from video still

The class is open to intermediate and advanced dancers interested in sampling Hauser’s approach to dance training and choreographic phrase work.  Some things that might happen are floor work, Modern dance movement vocabulary, inversions, pointing the feet and kicking the legs, paying attention to how we use our spines, improvising, walking, running, being still, and most likely some DANCING.

Hope to see you there.

Location: Green Street Studios, 185 Green St. Cambridge, MA


Minneapolis Two-Day Workshop

JUNE 8th and 9th, 2013

Chris Aiken & Angie Hauser: Minneapolis Guest Artist Residency

The Shape of Attention: A Dance Improvisation Workshop


This workshop creates opportunities to develop the perceptual and poetic skills that underlie dance improvisation. We will access and develop the physical intelligence needed to create and adapt to dancing and composing. This evolves from our individual and collective choice making. We will engage with emergent form on a micro and macro level, through various lenses including image, gesture, physical states, design, and our sense of the evolving performance landscape. Come ready to dance.

Saturday June 8th and Sunday June 9th
10am -3pm
at Studio 206 in the Ivy Building
Tuition : (sliding scale) $100-150
pre-registration is required to save you a spot, $50 pre- registration fee

To pre-register please contact Taja Will at tajawill@gmail.com


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. In 2006 Angie was awarded a BESSIE (N.Y. Dance and Performance Award) for Creation and Choreography for her work with Bebe Miller Company. She has taught dance technique, dancemaking, contact improvisation and improvisation throughout North America as well as Switzerland, Germany, France and Scotland. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Smith College in the Department of Dance where she teaches choreography, creative process, improvisation and dance technique.

Chris Aiken is a leading performer and teacher in the field of dance improvisation and contact improvisation. His work has evolved through ongoing investigations of performance, learning, perception and imagination. His work has been significantly influenced through the somatic practices of the Alexander Technique, ideokinesis, yoga and structural integration. He has received numerous awards for his artistic work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as commissions from the Walker Art Center, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Dance Theater Workshop and the National Performance Network. Chris is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Smith College and the Five College Dance Department.