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Andrew Wass

After graduating from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Biochemistry, Andrew Wass, replaced the chem lab with the dance studio. By experimenting with aleatoric processes, he formalizes the coincidental and emphasizes the conscious processes of composition that are the generative source of much of his works. Andrew works by creating a defined, almost crystalline palette in order to generate a myriad of possibilities. The possibilities are reduced and concentrated in the moments of execution and reception.

        Teaching has taken him to festivals, studios, and universities in Asia, Europe, and throughout the United States. His performance work has been shown in San Diego, LA, Berlin, San Francisco, Marfa, Tokyo, Tijuana, New York, and Seattle. He has performed with Nancy Stark Smith, Ray Chung, Ka Rustler, Chris Aiken Jess Curtis, Scott Wells, and Nina Martin, among others. A member of the performance collective Lower Left, he is a graduate of the MA program of Solo/Dance/Authorship at the Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum für Tanz in Berlin. Currently he is pursuing his PhD in Dance through Texas Woman’s University, focusing on the relationship of cognitive science, phenomenology, and process philosophy to improvised dance making.





        Every form expresses multiple principles. Every principle can give rise to multiple forms. In this intensive, we will investigate the reciprocal relationship between forms (rides, falls, lifts, etc.) and principles (rolling point, center to center connection, dynamic listening, etc.). Starting with simple solo and duet scores to heighten awareness of principles and connections among dancers, we will expand the possibilities of different forms by layering different principles upon them. Through the repetition of forms and the juxtaposition of principles, the dance will be discovered, created, and transformed.