During their residency, Christopher K. Morgan will work with his music and movement collaborators continue to develop a new work, Native Intelligence/Innate Intelligence, is a two-part dance performance incorporating contemporary dance, hula, Hawaiian chant, and original live music. The two parts create a comprehensive picture of the complexities contemporary Native people navigate and move fluidly between, and invites audiences to reflect on their own identity, perception of Native people, and instinct. The evening will include a showing of some of the movement material they have been developing, followed by a discussion of their creative process.
Christopher K. Morgan is the Executive Artistic Director of Dance Place in Washington, DC, where he oversees the curation of 40 weekends of performances by national and international choreographers annually, a school for youth and adults, youth enrichment programs and continues Dance Place’s leadership in creative placemaking. He is the Artistic & Executive Director of Washington DC based contemporary dance company Christopher K. Morgan & Artists (CKM&A) and has directed Art Omi: Dance since 2006, an annual collaborative residency for international choreographers in New York, where he has created an utterly unique international cultural exchange program. Born in Orange County, CA, Christopher’s Native Hawaiian ancestry and a diverse, international performance career that moved him to San Diego, Munich, New York, Dublin and London all influence his work as an administrator, choreographer, educator, facilitator, curator and performer.