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. Chris 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 Associate Professor at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania. He is currently touring a NPN-commissioned work entitled “Dwell” co-created with Angie Hauser and is working on a new project inspired by the works of the artist Joseph Cornell.  He is currently an Assistant Professor at Smith College in the Department of Dance.


Chris Aiken at Open Look Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia