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Marie Lynn Haas is a New Orleans based mover, composer, organizer, and educator who centers her work in improvisational practices and processes. Her research is situated at the crossroads of dance, science, autism, and healing. Marie’s interest in the field of autism emerged from her collaborative dance practice with Emily Climer, their work with Susan Sgorbati’s Emergent Improvisation Project, and her subsequent correspondence with neuroscientist Marco Iacoboni. Marie is currently working with Climer to develop an online resource for artists through the Improvisation Initiative at Bennington College's Center for the Advancement of Public Action. Marie approaches her work in improvisation as an interdisciplinary, transformational practice— one that weaves art-making with critical inquiry and attempts to engage creative problem-solving strategies not only across the arts and autism but within a broader range of contexts and systems of knowledge.

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