Workshop in Chicago Saturday 2/5/11

Poetics of Contact
a Contact Improvisation Workshop

Chris Aiken & Angie Hauser

Saturday February 5, 2011
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Chicago, IL

For registration and more information contact

Contact Improvisation is a movement form that offers opportunities to experience heightened states of being – times when we feel fearless and alive. There are no recipes to create these moments, but training can lay the foundation for physical and emotional breakthroughs. In this workshop, the artists are interested in developing reflexes, coordination, and the capacity to continually recycle mental and physical energies back into the dancing. At the core is the commitment to staying with the modulation of tone and weight in the body, so that the touch remains alive. Aiken & Hauser bring a combined 35 years of experience practicing and teaching Contact Improvisation–this produces classes that teach the principles at the foundation of contact improvisation, and which share an ongoing oral history of the form.  All levels welcome; please come with questions, energy and commitment to playful, imaginative dancing.






Chris and Angie teaching in D.C.

Capital Contact Workshop

presented by  Dance Place!

Celebrate the new year at the 3rd annual Capital Contact Workshopwith teachers Chris Aiken, Angie Hauser, and Madeleine Reber onMartin Luther King Day, Monday, January 17, 2011. We are hosting a day of classes and jams in the nation’s capital. All abilities and levels welcome!
9:30am – Registration at Dance Exchange
10-10:30am – Personal Warmup in the Space
10:30am-1:30pm – Morning Class
1:30-2:30pm – Lunch
2:30-4:30pm – First Afternoon Class
4:30-4:45pm – Break
4:45-6pm – Second Afternoon Class
8-11pm – Evening Class and Jam at Dance Place
$45 for just the day at Dance Exchange;
$55 for day plus evening session at Dance Place
Liz Lerman Dance Exchange
7117 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912
(Near the Takoma station on Metro’s red line)
Dance Place
3225 8th Street Northeast
Washington D.C., DC 20017
(Near the Brookland station on Metro’s red line)
To register:
Send a check payable to Amanda Abrams with Capital Contact Workshop in the memo line to:
Amanda Abrams
1706 Euclid St., NW
Washington, DC  20009 

Other notes: 

If you are traveling from out of town and need housing, the DC jammers may be able to host you. Email Amanda with the dates and number of people.

Out-of-towners arriving early might want to also attend DC’s Sunday jam:
St. James Church in Capitol Hill
222 8th St. NE, Washington, DC 20002
More info about it is at

Register now, and please forward to anyone who may be interested!

New Work-In-Progress “History” at Danspace


HISTORY (excerpts from a work-in-progress)
Choreography and direction: Bebe Miller
Dramaturgy/ Text: Talvin Wilks
In collaboration with: Angie Hauser and Darrell Jones
Video: Lily Skove
Performed by: Candace Feck, Angie Hauser, Darrell Jones, Bebe Miller and Talvin Wilks
HISTORY is a performance and installation featuring long-time company members Angie Hauser and Darrell Jones. It is inspired by the ongoing creative conversation – step-by-step, idea-by-idea, dance-by-dance – that’s been central to the company for 25 years. It delves into our process on a visceral and thoughtful level, giving rise to a wealth of material–a love story about how we do what we do. Premiering in 2012/13.

Danspace Project / St. Marks Church
Second Avenue & 10th Street
New York, NY 10003
January 8, 2011
7:30 pm
APAP Delegates – please reserve ahead:

Team Work: The Bebe Miller Company’s Collaborative Effort for Necessary Beauty

NEA Arts 2009/Volume 2

Six women, two seated, four behind, in dramatic pose
Six women of all ages dance in Bebe Miller’s Necessary Beauty: Yen-Fang Yu, Bebe Miller, Cynthia Oliver, and Kathleen Hermesdorf, standing; and Kristina Isabelle and Angie Hauser, sitting. Photo by Julieta Cervantes

The NEA has a long history of supporting work by choreographer Bebe Miller; during the 1980s, she received four NEA Choreographers Fellowships. Over the years, the Bebe Miller Company has received grants to create new repertoire, while presenters nationwide have received support to bring the choreographer’s work to new audiences. In 2007, the NEA joined five dance presenters in supporting the commission of Miller’s latest endeavor, Necessary Beauty. Although the piece premiered Oct. 1, 2008, at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, during the two-year development, arts centers in Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, and Montana all helped bring Necessary Beauty to fruition.

Necessary Beauty is a 90-minute, multimedia dance piece about the unexpected, artful moments of daily life. Five dancers of varying ages and body types join Miller onstage, but the offstage action is just as important. The creative team included a dramaturge, playwright, video artist, digital artist, and composer/musician Albert Mathias, who played a live score. “I really have to stress the whole teamwork of [producing this piece],” Miller said. “It is a different way of making work than I think many choreographers do. It’s a strategy. I’ve spent a lot of time with the collaborators, and that whole total picture is my work.”

Her strategy works. Writing in the Columbus Dispatch, Barbara Zuck deemedNecessary Beauty the most flawlessly constructed of the five Miller pieces Ohio State has presented since Miller joined the university faculty. The choreographer traded her New York apartment for a house in Columbus nine years ago, when her alma mater offered her a full-time job. She has a house, a garden, and an enviable working environment at Ohio State that encourages collaboration. Video and digital artists created their Necessary Beauty footage at the university’s Advanced Computing Center for Arts and Design. Charles Helm, director of performing arts, was particularly pleased to see Miller make use of the center. At a major university like Ohio State, it’s important that artists “join forces with academic partners” to fulfill the university’s research mission, Helm said.

Two other campuses also played key roles in developing Necessary Beauty. In July of 2007, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois hosted Miller’s company for a creative residency, and a few weeks later, she gave a “performance in progress” at the Bates (College) Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine. After the Ohio State premiere, Necessary Beauty toured to New York, the Krannert Center, and the Myrna Loy Center in Helena, Montana. Reviewing Necessary Beauty in the New York Times, Roslyn Suclas noted that Miller “effected one of those magical theatrical transformations when what has felt random is unexpectedly filled with allusive mystery.”

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Washington, DC 20506

Chris Aiken teaching in Montreal


Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood, Marc Boivin and Chris Aiken
January 4 to 9, 2010 from 9.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. (4.30 p.m. on Saturday)
Studio Peter-Boneham
$375 – $325 if workshop is paid before December 4, 2009
On AH HA productions’ initiative

Three renowned dance improvisers present a comprehensive week of training for professional and advanced students wanting to develop and expand their competence and knowledge through an intensive period of study in contemporary technique, compositional improvisation and Contact Improvisation.

Participants must be available for the entire intensive: Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm, Saturday from 9:30 am to 16:30 pm.