As a choreographer, Amy Chavasse has collaborated with composers, video and visual artists, writers and costume designer throughout her twenty plus years of choreographing and performing. She’s created three new works for University of Michigan’s Power Center for the Performing Arts since 2006, and re-staged Laura Dean’s masterwork, Impact in collaboration with Joseph Gramley and the U.M. Percussion Ensemble in 2008. A choreographer, performer, educator, improviser and storyteller, she joined the faculty at University of Michigan after six years as Artist in Residence at Middlebury College. She has been a guest artist/ faculty member at numerous institutions, including Arizona State, Virginia Commonwealth, UNC-Greensboro, University of the NC School of the Arts, George Washington, Bennington College, University of Calgary and Cornish College of the Arts. As a choreographer and performer, she has collaborated and worked with many notable artists, including Peter Schmitz, Lisa Gonzales, Sue Rees, Xan Burley, Alex Springer, Donnell Oakley, Caroline Chavasse and Paul Matteson. As Artistic Director of ChavasseDance&Performance, her work has been presented throughout the U.S. NYC, (Dance New Amsterdam, Dixon Place, 100 Grand, Judson Church, WaxWorks, Triskelion, and at the BAAD!Ass Women’s Festival) Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out; DC- The Dance Place; San Diego; Seattle- Broadway Performance Hall; VT- The Flynn Theater, Tempe, AZ; across NC with the NC Dance Festival; and the American Dance Festival- Acts to Follow and Fast Forward. Internationally, she has taught and her work has been produced in Trinidad, Cienfuegos and Havana- Cuba, Kaunus and Vilnius, Lithuania, Vienna, Austria, Cali, Colombia and Buenos Aires. She a guest artist at Florence Summer Dance since 2006, teaching technique composition, improvisation and performing in Fiesole, Florence, Castiglioncello, and Rosignano. ChavasseDance&Performance premiered Hunger for the Longing (a biased history of seduction) during a residency in Bari, Italy in July 2011, with performances at Teatro Saschall in Florence and Teatro Traetta in Bitonto. In summer 2012, she’ll return to teach at Florence Summer Dance for a 6th summer and will be a guest artist at The Beijing Dance Festival 2012-Dance Camp co-hosted by 3 top modern dance companies in China, BeijingDance / LDTX, Guangdong Modern Dance Company and Hong Kong City Contemporary Dance Company. She recently premiered a new solo, Remnant Hit/fix at the CORD conference, Meanings and Makings in Queer Dance at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In May 2012, she will premiere Girldogsongs at Links Hall in Chicago in a weekend of performances curated by Holly Hughes.
She danced in the companies of Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians, Bill Young and Dancers and in many independent projects in NYC; with Maida Withers and Deborah Riley in DC; William Whitener in Seattle, and Jean Issacs in San Diego. As Artistic Director of ChavasseDance&Performance, she makes dance/theater works, using story telling, video, humor and wildly eclectic movement to comment on political and social issues.
She received a Choreographer’s Fellowship from the NC Arts Council in 1998, and her work and research has received support from public and private foundations, including the Moore Charitable Foundation of New York and Office of Vice President for Research at the University of Michigan. At U.M her work has been supported by Arts on Earth, the Center for World Performance Studies, Course Connections, and Arts at Michigan. She is a long time participant in the American College Dance Festival and joined the national board in 2009. She received her BFA in dance from the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts and her MFA from the University of Washington.