Angie Hauser

Associate Professor of Dance and Chair of the Department of Dance

Angie Hauser

Contact & Office Hours

47 Belmont Avenue #203

413-585–3318

Education

M.F.A., Ohio State University

B.A., University of South Carolina

Biography

A performer, choreographer and director with training in contemporary and postmodern dance, ballet, and contact improvisation, Angie Hauser’s research focuses on the creation and performance of dances for the stage, and it is grounded in the interrogation and practice of movement, improvisation and collaboration. Known as a bold performer who mixes set choreography and improvisation with personal history, she is described by The New Yorker as “a tremendous performer…who brings everything she has ever known about dance to the stage in a moment."   

Hauser is a long-time collaborator with the celebrated Bebe Miller Company. As a senior member of the company she has contributed to the repertory as a dancer, performer, writer and choreographic collaborator since 2000, receiving a BESSIE Award for her creative work. Her work with the company is featured on TWO: an online score for Motion Bank/The Forsythe Company, and in Dance Fort, an e-book.

Hauser has created performances with dance artist Chris Aiken since 2003. This partnership has yielded multiple grants and commissions by national and international presenters including National Performance Network, The Dance Center, Links Hall, Bates Dance Festival, Movement Research at Judson Church and Florida Dance Festival. Other recent choreographic projects include collaborations with dance artists Jennifer Nugent, Susan Rethorst, Darrell Jones, Andrew Harwood, Paul Matteson, and musicians Mike Vargas, Jesse Manno, Tigger Benford, and Andre Gribou. Before coming to Smith, Hauser danced with the companies of Elizabeth Streb, Liz Lerman and Poppo Shiriashi and taught on the faculty at Cornell University, Denison University and Columbia College.  

In addition to her creative research, Hauser has strong interests in the areas of liberal arts education and the application of movement, design-thinking methodologies, and collaboration to creative problem solving in many domains. Hauser teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on choreography and creative process. She also teaches contemporary dance technique, dance improvisation, repertory and performance, and an upper level theory and practice course on the work of Merce Cunningham and his collaborators.

At Smith, she was integral in the visioning and implementation of the Design Thinking Initiative pilot program and continues to serve on the advisory board. She also serves on the board for the Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning, and is a member of faculty of the Five College Dance Department.

In December 2017, Hauser will premiere “In a Rhythm,” a new work by Bebe Miller Company at the Wexner Center for the Performing Arts. In 2018, as part of the DanceMotion USA program, Hauser will travel to Peru and Colombia with Bebe Miller Company to share creative work and thinking with local communities, fostering dialogue around the human condition and exploring the subtext that our bodies reveal.


Selected Online Publications

Bebe Miller Company. Dance Fort: A History. Ohio State University, 2015. iBooks.

Motion Bank. TWO: an online score. 2013. Produced by The Ohio State University's Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design in collaboration with Motion Bank, a Forsythe Company project.


Selected Choreography and Performance

The Profession of Poetry (2016). Created and performed by Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser with Jesse Manno. Presented by Bates Dance Festival, Lewiston, ME.

Memory of the Future (2016). Created by Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser. Performed by Chris Aiken, Angie Hauser, Jennifer Nugent, Bebe Miller, Bronwen MacArthur, Andrew Harwood, Peter Jones, Mike Vargas. Presented by Smith College, Northampton, MA.

The Blue Jacket (2015). Created by Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser. Performed by Chris Aiken, Angie Hauser, Andre Gribou, Roger Braun. Commissioned and presented by Dance Place, Washington, DC.

A Part of Something Bigger (2015). Choreography by Angie Hauser. Performed by Angie Hauser and Jennifer Nugent. Presented by American Dance Festival, Durham, NC.

A History (2012). Bebe Miller Company: Bebe Miller, Angie Hauser, Darrell Jones, Talvin Wilks. Presented by Bates Dance Festival, Lewiston, ME, Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, New York Live Arts, New York, NY, REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA, Northrup Center for the Arts, Minneapolis, MN, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana, IL, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, Wexner Center for the Performing Arts, Columbus, OH, The Frankfurt Lab, Frankfurt, Germany.