Amy Chavasse

Professional Title

Professor of Dance




Amy Chavasse's ideas about performing and performance resound with contradictions. The tension around difference plays out in both serious and hilarious ways. Where is the reliable truth about people and how they behave together? Why aren’t things what they seem? These questions often seem to turn up in my process. Chavasse is compelled by intimacy, longing, seduction and treacherous motives and maneuvers. She is drawn to stories, sensations, scenarios that have caused, purposefully or by mistake, a warp or tear in the fabric. Amy loves to watch the ways that bodies react to unfamiliar situations—things that come up unbidden, in the moment. She likes dancing and creating movement that stings, bites and devours, and is deeply compassionate and tender. Amy loves words and the names of things, and getting categories wrong. She wants to slake a deep thirst, and along the way address and wrestle with thorny topics with high frequency attention and movement.

Research Interests

sexual harassment
movement and place
migration ecologies