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Nita has a PhD in PerformanceStudies (2014) from the University of California, Davis, her dissertation: Articulating Presence: Creative Actions of Embodied Attention in Contemporary Dance; further develops the theory and practice of this material.

Nita has a PhD in PerformanceStudies (2014) from the University of California, Davis, her dissertation: Articulating Presence: Creative Actions of Embodied Attention in Contemporary Dance; further develops the theory and practice of this material.

 

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Nita Little is both a touring artist and a theoretician, working within the academy. She engages in an investigation of the dynamic aspects of embodied states through performance, pedagogy, and theoretical inquiry.

A touring dance artist specializing in improvisational forms, she introduces ideas of embodiment as the ecological articulation of presence, the physicality of directed attention, and the flexibility of self-sensing that makes moving important to knowing different forms of intelligence. Her work impacts students and audiences on a number of continents.

Nita has a PhD in PerformanceStudies (2014) from the University of California, Davis, her dissertation: Articulating Presence: Creative Actions of Embodied Attention in Contemporary Dance; further develops the theory and practice of this material. She directs Nita Little Dance Research Laboratory, which is an improvisational ensemble based in San Francisco that investigates the materials of her theoretical writings.

In the summers of 2013 and 2014 she investigated and produced a project for able and disabled dancers – UrbanFERAL was choreographed for the Avignon Festival OFF. A street performance, the work was commissioned, produced and danced for and by members of Dreamtime Danza Senza Limiti, a mixed-ability dance company based in Milan.

Company director, Paola Banone, is collaborative in developing UrbanFERAL as an ongoing multimedia dance performance that works across disciplines as well as across abilities. 

She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Florida,

Nita Little is an improvisational choreographer who is interested in the articulation of presence. Bringing together Contact Improvisation and contemporary dance movement, her work emphasizes states and levels of attention which she scores as the means to derive dancers movement relationships and materials.

Nita has multiple projects underway. One is process oriented and engages in the pursuit of performance as research. The other is a new dance film.