Riley Watts - Embodied Dance Thinking
Open to Duke students of all levels of performance interests! We are happy to welcome outstanding dance artist Riley Watts currently living in Portland, Maine, for a master class of movement exercises and dialogue. He received a BFA in dance from The Juilliard School and since 2010 has worked primarily with choreographer William Forsythe and The Forsythe Company in Frankfurt, Germany, as well as with Netherlands Dance Theater 2, Bern Ballet, and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. As a teaching artist, he is frequently invited internationally to teach improvisation and embodied dance thinking in arts and academic institutions, festivals, dance companies, and research platforms, most recently as a visiting artist at Princeton University, Colby College, and The Juilliard School, among many others.As a performer and dance maker, he has toured extensively to major theaters and museums across the world. In 2015 he was invited to perform alongside Sylvie Guillem on her Life in Progress farewell tour where he danced William Forsythe's DUO2015 more than 60 times in 14 countries over 9 months. As an interdisciplinary collaborator, he has published research on entrainment in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, collaborated in research development with brain scientists in the UK, Germany, and Australia, and is the coauthor of a children's book "Where's Your Creativity?"