INSIDE | OUTSIDE with Chris Aiken & Angie Hauser – Dec. 5

We are thrilled to bring a pair of acclaimed masters of contact improvisation and performance to Dance Exchange for our next INSIDE | OUTSIDE class series. On Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 AM, we welcome the incomparable Chris Aiken & Angie Hauser to teach a 3-hour master class open to the public.

Chris and Angie are internationally recognized artists known for their skill in crafting the dynamic and unpredictable compositional possibilities found in performance improvisation. Since 2003 they’ve been creating performance projects together that blend articulate physicality with musicality and their ability to engage the poetic imagination of the audience. Following the Dance Exchange master class, they will be performing their work at Dance Place on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5-6.

Registration for this class opportunity is $30 (Class cards are not accepted for INSIDE | OUTSIDE classes). Email Matthew to secure your spot- space is limited! We hope to see you there.


Chris Aiken is a leading international teacher and performer of dance improvisation and contactimprovisation.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.

Angie Hauser is a dance-artist and teacher. Her work and research is grounded by the questions of improvisation, performance and collaboration. Since 2000, Angie has been a member of the Bebe Miller Company (USA). In 2006 Angie was awarded a BESSIE (N.Y. Dance and Performance Award) for Creation and Choreography for her work with Bebe Miller Company. Her dancemaking projects include collaborations with many gifted artists including Chris Aiken, K.J. Holmes, Darrell Jones, Andrew Harwood and Kathleen Hermesdorf. She has also danced with the companies of Elizabeth Streb, Liz Lerman and Poppo Shiriashi. She has taught dance technique, dancemaking, contact improvisation, improvisation throughout North America as well as Switzerland, Germany, France and Scotland. Angie received her MFA in dance from the Ohio State University and holds a BA in Art History from University of South Carolina. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Smith College in the Department of Dance where she teaches choreography, creative process, improvisation and dance technique.

About Alison Waldman

Alison Waldman is Dance Exchange's Marketing & Communications Manager and a D.C.-based “entrepren-artist” consultant, performer, photographer, and collaborator.