“Does anyone in contemporary dance have a stranger and more fantastical imagination than Christopher Williams?” – The New York Times, April 8, 2008, Roslyn Sulcas
Christopher Williams is a choreographer, dancer, and puppeteer working in New York City and abroad since 1999. Spurred by a personal passion for early folklore and mythology from many cultures, Williams draws inspiration from a host of historical, literary and musical sources to create a body of work that aims to refract and re-imagine the sensibilities of lost ages in contemporary contexts.
His work has toured in France, Italy, Spain, Holland, Colombia, and Russia, and has been presented in local venues in New York City including City Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, P.S. 122, the 92nd Street Y, Joyce SoHo, and La Mama. His collaborators include renowned opera directors Peter Sellars and Michel Fau as well as acclaimed composer Gregory Spears. He has been commissioned by NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Princeton University, Dickinson College, Sarah Lawrence College, the Harkness Dance Festival, DTW, and through HERE Arts Center’s Dream Music Puppetry Program.
His awards include a 2005 New York Dance & Performance “Bessie” Award, fellowships from The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Bogliasco Foundation as well as multiple grants from the Greenwall Foundation, The Jim Henson Foundation, and the O’Donnell-Green Music & Dance Foundation. He has also been awarded residencies at the Watermill Center, the Liguria Study Center, Movement Research, and more. Williams holds degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and the L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq.
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