Sunday March 29, Performance 4:00-5:00pm; Talk 5:30-7:00pm
$15 general admission / $10 students and seniors at the door.
No reservations. Check the SCDT website for more information.
Join world-renowned performance artists and university dance professors Stephanie Maher (Berlin), Andrea Olsen (Middlebury College), Kathy Couch ( Amherst College) and Chris Aiken (Smith College) for a lively discussion focused on THE POLITICS OF SPACE in relationship to dance performance. A dance performance will precede the talk where many local and international artists will be sharing new installation-based work. RIFF TALKS is curated and moderated by SCDT directors Jen Polins and Jennifer Nugent and offers the local community a chance to see contemporary performance work and participate in a dialogue based on questions about performance practices.
Chris Aiken is a leading international teacher and performer of dance improvisation and contact improvisation. He has received numerous awards for his artistic work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Bush Foundation Fellowship, funding from the Jerome Foundation and more.Chris is an Associate Professor at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania and is currently an Assistant Professor at Smith College in the Department of Dance. https://chrisaikenangiehauser.wordpress.com/chris-‐aiken/
Andrea Olsen is Professor of Dance, has held the John C. Elder Professorship in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, and is currently guest faculty at Mount Holyoke College. She’s the author of a trilogy:The Place of Dance, Body and Earth, and Bodystories in collaboration with Caryn McHose. She’s currently engaged in a year-‐long performance project: Dancing in Wild Places, Seaweed and Ocean Health. http://andrea-‐olsen.com
Stephanie Maher is a Smith College MFA Fellow and international artist and curator. In 1998 Maher moved to Berlin, Germany where she continued to perform, organize, develop and teach in the community-‐based settings of K77 Studios in Berlin and founded the Ponderosa Tanz/Land Festival and P.O.R.C.H. in Stolzenhagen, Germany. http://www.ponderosa-‐dance.de/en/news.html