Vital Physical


The Anatomy of Gesture.

Thank you to all who joined us for DIG Plot 1 led by Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser, from June 4th - 7th, 2022

DIG, personal and collective movement research, is Core Dance’s summer intensive for professional dance artists. Intended to provide a space for group-minded and individual learning and exploration, artists investigate the art-making process, tune their creative voice, gain tools in technique, methodologies for movement invention, composition and performance studies. Led by art-makers from around the world, participants experience a rigorous investigation of the body in space and the connection towards one another while expanding their artistic and movement research practices.

Each day consists of a 2-hour morning class, 1-hour lunch and 4-hour research in the afternoon. 


Meet the DIG Plot 1 Teaching Artists

CHRIS AIKEN is recognized internationally as a contemporary dance maker and teacher of dance improvisation, performance, and contact improvisation. His work has evolved through long-term collaborations with Angie Hauser, Andrew Harwood, Kirstie Simson, Ray Chung, Peter Bingham, Mike Vargas, Olivier Besson, Cathy Young, and Patrick Scully, as well as collaborations with Steve Paxton, and Nancy Stark Smith. His training includes extensive research of ecological psychology, neurophysiology, philosophy, poetics, design, Alexander Technique, bodywork, and ideokinesis. He has received numerous awards for his work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and has been presented by Movement Research, Dance Theater Workshop, the Bates Dance Festival, the Seattle Festival of Dance and Improvisation, the Florida Dance Festival, Impulstanz, and most recently i-dance Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, among many others. He is an Associate Professor and MFA Director at Smith College.

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ANGIE HAUSER is a BESSIE award-winning choreographer and performer. Her work is grounded in improvisation and collaboration.  She is a principal collaborator with Bebe Miller Company contributing to the work as a dancer, performer, and writer for 20 years.  She and long-time collaborator Chris Aiken create improvised performance projects which bring together musicians, dancers, and designers. In 2019 they toured Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan presenting their performance work, teaching workshops and connecting with professional dance communities.  Other collaborators and influencers of her work include Jennifer Nugent, K.J. Holmes, Darrell Jones, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Paul Matteson, Xan Burley and Alex Springer and musicians Mike Vargas and Jesse Manno. She teaches dance technique, choreography, contact improvisation, and improvisation internationally.  She received her MFA from Ohio State University and is currently an associate professor and chair of dance at Smith College in Northampton, MA.

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