Chris Aiken is an internationally recognized teacher and performer of dance improvisation and contact improvisation. Chris Aiken is recognized internationally for his work as a 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, Olivier Besson, and Patrick Scully, as well as collaborations with Steve Paxton, and Nancy Stark Smith. His training includes extensive research of ecological psychology, neurophysiology, poetics, design, performance, 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, among many others over the past three decades. He is an Associate Professor at Smith College and the Five College Dance Department.

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 Performance Network. He teaches and performs internationally on his own and with his collaborator, Angie Hauser. Aiken teaches improvisation, contact improvisation, contemporary dance technique and theory as well as the science of dance, somatics and choreography.

The Unrepeatable Moment

Where am I when I am dancing? Who and what am I in dialogue with? How do I make creative and sensitive choices in relation to myself, others and my surroundings? This workshop is for those who wish to immerse themselves in the practice of learning, making and exploring improvisational dance and contact improvisation. Drawing on our many years of performing and teaching, we will offer specific compositional and technical exercises that are designed to support embodied dancing, witnessing, compositional awareness and choice making. We will consider how action, perception and imagination are at play as we explore our poetic sensibilities through movement and touch.