Movement Symposium is a vehicle for the work of Samantha Spriggs and Alicia Wilson. Centered around research based processes and critical investigation, Movement Symposium presents dance that questions the status-quo. Using critical theory, improvisation, and collaboration, we create complex and dynamic live performance, video dance, and movement experiments. Our scholarly research, musings, thoughts, and experiences are compiled digitally and presented publically as a mode for sharing our processes and engaging with dance in an accessible way.
Alicia Wilson is from Southern California, where she began her modern dance training at Riverside City College (RCC). In May 2010 she graduated Cum Laude from Columbia College Chicago with a B.A in Dancemaking and Dance Studies. As a choreographer, her work has been shown throughout Chicago area, including The Dance Center of Columbia College, Gorilla Tango Theater, The A.W.A.R.D Show! Chicago 2010 and Manifest Urban Arts Festival. In addition, she has been a featured guest artist for The Kinetic Conversations Showcase in California. As a scholar, Wilson presented her research on the popular representation of the dancing body at the Dancing Under Construction conference at UC Riverside, as well as The Society of Dance History Scholars Conference. She has also been a dance columnist for the Windy City Times publication. Wilson is co-founder of The Attic, a research grounded, multi-discipline art collaborative in Chicago. She strives to connect her research to her choreography, creating works that are thought provoking and challenge assumptions through complex movement invention.
Samantha Spriggs is a Chicago-based independent dance artist. Her choreographic work draws inspiration from socio-cultural observations and research centered around a drive to challenge interlocking systems of oppression. Through improvisational processes, academic analysis, and deep physical exploration, Spriggs creates works that question and investigate societal norms. Her work has been seen in Atlanta, Georgia with Room To Move Dance, Inc. and at the Hijacking Music Festival, in Texas at Collin College’s Dance Fusion, and in Chicago as a part of the Open Space Project Presents Shift, Poonie’s Cabaret, The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, Under Construction: Socio-Analytical Perspectives on Gender Culture Through Dance, which she co-produced, Synapse Arts- New Works 2011, and Creative Nest’s Welcome to Our World. Her work was also featured in the American College Dance Festival’s Gala Performance. She also works as a freelance sound designer and provides technical theater support for local dance artists. Spriggs can be seen dancing with Synapse Arts Collective, The Dance Team, We Stand Sideways Dance, and in many other collaborative endeavors.