Artist in Residence
Department of Performing Arts
- Christopher K. Morgan in addition to being the American University Dance Program's Artist in Residence, Christopher is the founder and Artistic Director of contemporary dance company Christopher K. Morgan & Artists and Director of the Dance Omi International Dance Collective, an annual choreographers residency in New York. All of his work stems from a belief in the urgency of live performance in an increasingly isolating, commercial, and digital world. Said to be "charming and poignant" by The New York Times, his choreography has been presented in 18 countries on 5 continents in venues including The Kennedy Center (Washington DC), La Mama (New York City), Theater Artaud (San Francisco), The Maly Theatre (Moscow, Russia) the Hong Kong Cultural Center (China) and the South Lawn of the White House. In April 2011 Dance Magazine profiled Christopher as one of six breakout choreographers in the United States. His 2010 work +1/-1, hailed as “exquisitely athletic…the kind of crooked choreography where the simple quiver of fingertips is enough to spark goose bumps” (artspost.net), won the Dance Metro DC award for Outstanding New Work that year. Teaching credits include the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Shawbrook (Ireland), Iwanson Schule (Munich), Choreography College of Belarus, Towson University (Maryland), Stephens College (Missouri), Western Kentucky University and University of Idaho among many others. He has lectured for New York City Ballet’s Education Department, Dance Theater Workshop, adjudicated National and Regional ACDFA Festivals and served as a panelist for both the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maryland State Arts Council. Performing credits include Fabulous Beast Dance Theater (Ireland/UK), David Gordon, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Kevin Wynn and the Collection, Shapiro & Smith, Malashock Dance & Company, Selfish Shellfish (Germany), and as a soloist with the Washington National, Houston Grand, and New York City Operas. He was in the original Olivier nominated cast of Fabulous Beast Dance Theater’s Giselle. TV and film credits include a PBS Great Performance with Placido Domingo, and on film dancing with Kate Winslet and Christopher Walken. Christopher is the recipient of a 2011 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award for Choreography, a 2012 and 2013 Individual Artist Grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and 2013 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Fellowship.
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