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Amy Chavasse

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Amy Chavasse, choreographer, performer, educator, improviser, and Artistic Director of ChavasseDance&Performance is currently a Professor at the University of Michigan. “Amy Chavasse is a continual surprise, solo or ensemble. Her dances are simultaneously absurd, smart and disturbing, and she chooses her collaborators well.” (Quinn Batson- OffOffOff). Her work has also been presented at Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, Links Hall, Chicago, The Dance Complex- Boston and other venues. Internationally, she has taught and her work has been presented in Uppsala, Sweden, Cuba, Lithuania, Vienna, Colombia, Vancouver BC, Buenos Aires, the American Dance Festival/ Henan (China) and The Beijing Dance Festival. She was the only American performing artist invited to participate and present new work at the 2019Urban Spaces Festival, Shanghai in October, 2019, premiering a new duet at The Shanghai Tower. Touring throughout the US in 2015-16 with Sola, Dances by and for Women, she performed a solo "Conspiracy Going, Amy Needs A Lot of Empathy", prompting Melanie Wiesen of theTampa Art Breaker to write: “The most polarizing of the six pieces, Amy Chavasse’s (University of Michigan) “Conspiracy Going,” seemed to be a rejection of the easy, digestible portrayal of contemporary dance on television. A mix of spoken word and dance, Chavasse, with no musical accompaniment, performed the intensely personal piece with incredible athleticism and passion. Her verbal commentary on sadism and authority, matched by her powerful and aggressive physicality, was the most provocative piece of art I have seen in the past year.” She presented improvisation workshops at the International Society of Improvised Music in Chateaux D’Oex, Switzerland in June 2015, and an alternative movement presentation at The University of Valetta, Malta as part of the Dance Studies Association conference in 2018. She has taught at and collaborated with members of Tanz Tangente in Berlin, was a guest teacher at pOnderosa Dance in Stolzenhagen, Germany, and taught at the Dance Program of the National University of Costa Rica in San José, and with the resident professional companies, CCDUNA and DanzaU in July 2019. Current projects with collaborators in Buenos Aires and South Korea are on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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