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Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood

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Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood began his dance career in 1975. After three years of study in contemporary techniques, he quickly gravitated toward instantaneous composition and contact improvisation which allowed him a greater freedom of expression while incorporating many other formerly studied disciplines such as gymnastics, athletics, yoga, meditation, martial arts, Alexander Technique, Release Technique, and various other somatic approaches. Formerly artistic director of AH HA Productions, Andrew has dedicated himself to the research, education, development and dissemination of improvisation as a performing art for 38 years. He studied and performed with Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith and Nita Little, the founders of contact improvisation and danced for the companies of Marie Chouinard, Jean-Pierre Perreault, Jo Lechay and Fulcrum, as well as the improvisational ensembles The Echo Case and Discovery Bal. He has also collaborated in performance with Peter Bingham, Chris Aiken, Marc Boivin, Kirstie Simson, Benno Voorham, Lin Snelling, Ray Chung and Lisa Nelson among others.

01. Andrew Harwood

He is known and respected internationally in the field of instantaneous choreography and contact/compositional improvisation and since 1980, has taught and performed in numerous international dance festivals and most major Contact Improvisation festivals throughout North America and Europe as well as South America, Mexico, Australia, Eastern Europe, Israel and Russia.
Harwood has also taught classes to the world-renowned companies of O’ Vertigo and Marie Chouinard as well as the Montreal circus group Les Sept Doigts de la Main. He is the recipient of the Canada Council’s Jacqueline-Lemieux award for the year 2000.

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