1940 Hennepin Ave
Mpls MN 55403-3261
The mission of Hauser Dance is to promote and sustain the living language of modern dance. Our mission is accomplished by performing and teaching the constantly evolving Hauser aesthetic. We provide opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate in and appreciate the art form.
We produce works true to the Holm / Hauser aesthetic, and in so doing foster creativity and an understanding of the craft among dancers, choreographers and audience members.
1. ARTISTIC SEASON
Our company maintains an extensive repertory, performing an average of two repertory works per concert performance. The 2006 Spring Concert series, entitled "SPACE / TIME," performed in the first two weekends of June, at Old Arizona in Minneapolis, challenged the notion that dance is mainly for the young and the restless.
It was a concert of choreography by Artistic Director HEIDI JASMIN and former company member PAM GLEASON. They share a trained and intuitive use of universal and timeless principles of movement. Whether drawing from everyday nuances, society?s distortions or natural beauty, their choreography evokes strong kinesthetic and emotional responses from audiences.
These spring concerts celebrated the creative and artistic maturity of current company members and included music ranging from BACH to TUVA throat singing. Also included was a piece involving active older adults from our Dance for the Ageless class. This activity was made possible in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) through an appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature.
2. EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Hauser Dance School offers classes to people of all ages and backgrounds. We hold four 10-WEEK SESSIONS of classes per year. Class offerings include MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE and IMPROVISATION for teens and adults and CREATIVE DANCE for CHILDREN, DANCE for the AGELESS and YOGA. A diverse group of students of all ages and skill levels attend the School
In November of 2004, we conducted an enthusiastically received two-week "CITY KIDS" CREATIVE DANCE RESIDENCY and PERFORMANCE at Dayton's Bluff Community Center and School in St. Paul. The residency consisted of classes in modern dance and improvisation for children ages 9-16, two workshops for adults, and two performances combining students and company dancers. Financial assistance was made available to students of all ages. Funding for the residency was generously provided by The St. Paul Travelers Foundation and MRAC. A second residency at Dayton's Bluff took place in fall 2006 (thanks to funding from St. Paul Travelers and Kare 11 TV).
Our summer dance camp, CITY KIDS CREATIVE DANCE CAMP is offered annually and includes the use of improvisation, choreography and technique they explored the elements of space, time and energy to achieve their own creations. The workshop culminates in a performance for parents and the community. SPECIAL WORKSHOPS focusing on various subjects such as the art of making dances and teaching modern dance are held every year. COMPOSITION, IMPROVISATION and PEDAGOGY WORKSHOPS are held year-round. The public is invited to attend, free of charge, our fall, winter and spring OPEN HOUSES at which they can participate in free sample classes, view informal performances, talk with staff and company members, and enjoy refreshments.
3. HAUSER ARCHIVES PROJECT
Hauser Dance continues with the preservation and dissemination of its archives. In 2002, we were awarded an MRAC Capital Grant to purchase equipment for this ambitious undertaking. In February 2003, we received a second MRAC grant for phase 2 of this project. We are currently continuing the second phase of this extensive project in which archived materials are being transferred to DVD format. Nancy Hauser footage and historical documentation will be housed and available for viewing at the UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA PERFORMING ARTS ARCHIVES.
4. RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HAUSER DANCE AND DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING AND VISUALLY IMPAIRD COMMUNITIES
We began our collaboration with the D/HOH communities in the 1980's as part of the National Dance Touring Program, offering a series of lecture demonstrations and performances at the Rochester Institute of Technology for the Deaf in New York. With support from the Twin Cities METROPOLITAN REGIONAL ARTS COUNCIL in 2001 and 2002 the program expanded to include choreographic collaborations with D/HOH dancers. Hauser Dance concerts regularly feature productions interpreted in American Sign Language (ASL). The company received the MINNESOTA ARTS ACCESS AWARD IN 2003
With the assistance of VSA arts Minnesota and the Guthrie Theater, we also provide audio description at our concerts.
5. CULTURAL EXCHANGES WITH JAPAN AND RUSSIA
In 1990, Hauser Dance Company toured and performed in Taiwan and Japan. Artistic Director, Heidi Jasmin, funded by a JEROME TRAVEL STUDY GRANT and a MSAB Fellowship, returned in 1992 to lay the groundwork for future artistic collaboration. A member of a Twin Cities artistic delegation to NOVOSIBIRSK in the mid nineties, Heidi was invited LINK VOSTOK in 1998, to attend the THIRD INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MOVEMENT AND DANCE in YAROSLAVL, RUSSIA, where she performed, taught and choreographed . All of this activity has led to cross cultural exchanges through the nineties and into the present day. Moreover, Hauser Dance has developed an ongoing artistic exchange with DANCE COMPANY MAKO, in Minneapolis' sister city, Ibaraki-city (a suburb of OSAKA). American and Japanese students have studied and lived together in both cities.