Riley Watts

Riley Watts

Choreomusicology and Wearable Tech

Garden Street: Lower Level

In designing basic pressure sensors, this lecture/performance explores the relationship between movement and sound, focused particularly on using wearable technology as biofeedback devices for elucidating the nuances of partnered movement including the coordinated shifting and sharing weight.


Riley Watts is a dancer, teacher, researcher, and interdisciplinary artist based in Portland, Maine. He studied ballet and contemporary dance at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts and received his BFA from The Juilliard School in NYC. He has danced professionally with the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Bern Ballet, Netherlands Dance Theater, and The Forsythe Company in Frankfurt, Germany. In 2015, he was invited to perform Forsythe’s DUO2015 on the Life in Progress farewell world tour of iconic dancer Sylvie Guillem, for which he was awarded “Contemporary Dancer of the Year” by the Leonide Massine-Positano Prize, 2015.  He is a teacher and facilitator of improvisation and creative process, specializing in facilitating an environment of embodied thinking through improvised motion, and has done so at numerous universities, dance companies, choreographic institutes, and research platforms across the USA, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America.  He was Associate Researcher with Motion Bank/Dance Engaging Science and has been a visiting artist in dance, neuroscience, and cognitive psychology departments at universities in the USA, Europe, and Australia.  He is currently a Visiting Artist at Colby College, on the advisory committee and summer faculty member at the Bates Dance Festival, and continues to teach and perform in theaters, festivals, galleries, and museums worldwide.