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D I P I     2018

DANCe Improvisation and performance intensive

with Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser

Arrive Sunday Afternoon August 12 - Depart Saturday Afternoon August 18, 2018

Public Performance Friday August 17 in Northampton, MA


DIPI is an annual 6­-day residential workshop featuring the research and teaching of Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser.  Presented in August at Earthdance the intensive focuses on dance improvisation, performance, and related work. Time is spent tuning and stretching our physical and perceptual capacities. Dancing, watching, talking, performing, and composing will be a part of our daily practice and research. The material of this intensive is informed by Chris and Angie’s experience with a wide range of forms. There are recognizable influences from contemporary dance training, Contact Improvisation, fascia research, Alexander Technique, ecological psychology, and visual and architectural design. The intensive culminates in a public performance.


“Working with Chris and Angie in this setting has fed me for months after (and probably years).  They facilitated a workshop environment of exquisite articulation and easeful collaborative exploration. They crafted the days together in a way that supported depth of work with the quality of a much longer-term collaborative team.”  

— Shaina Cantino Dancer/Choreographer and DIPI  participant


“Doing a workshop with Chris and Angie is a wonder. A wonder of opening to each day’s gifts, expertly guided by two effortlessly intelligent movers. A wonder of internal work that continues from the first day until the final circle. A wonder of confusion and clarity, of zany fun and sudden solemness, of breathless activity and the peace of being still with others. It’s a wonder of environment, of meeting new bodies and people who become new friends, in a natural setting that is one of the treats of being at Earthdance. Angie and Chris are wonders: seamlessly pairing with each other, each offering distinct viewpoints and pathways in, exploring along with their “students.” They’re one of my favorite improvisational duos!”  

— Ted Johnson Dancer with DanceExchange (Washington DC) and Sleep No More original cast (NYC); and DIPI participant


Sample Schedule


Late afternoon arrival, Check-in,  Dinner and Earthdance Orientation, Community Jam


7:30am Breakfast

9:00-1:00pm Morning Session: Warm up, solo improvisation practice techniques, contact improvisation

1:00-3:00pm Break and Lunch:  time for napping, sauna, walking in the woods

3:00-5:30 Afternoon Session:  Ensemble improvisation and performance

6:00pm Dinner

Evening events include open dancing, body work and discussions


10:00 – 12:00  Morning Session at Earthdance

12:00 – 1:00    Early Lunch

1:00 – 5:00     Afternoon Session in Northampton:  Rehearsal and performance prep

8:00    Public Performance 


9:00 – 12:45pm  Morning Session

12:45 – 1:00pm  Closing Circle

1:00 – 2:00pm Lunch

2:00-3:00pm      House Clean

3:00-4:00pm      Departures

For more information about Earthdance, housing, cost and travel visit EARTHDANCE.NET

To APPLY email your bio to ahauser@smith.edu