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Christopher Williams Dance Work in Progress Showing with Q&A

September 11, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Christopher Williams Dance will be in residency in September 2021.  During their time at Bethany, they will present a work-in-progress showing of both solo and group material for the supernatural characters in their developing evening-length work “Narcissus” performed by an all male cast of acclaimed contemporary dancers. The showing will also include a question and answer session as well as an open discussion between the dancers, the assembled audience, and Christopher Williams.



Photo by Andrew Jordan


Christopher Williams, hailed as “one of the most exciting choreographic voices out there” (The New York Times) and “the downtown prodigy” (The New Yorker) creating “extraordinary feats of visual imagination” (The New York Times), is a choreographer, dancer, and puppet artist who has created over thirty original and collaborative works in New York City and abroad since 1999. In addition to touring internationally in France, England, Italy, Spain, Holland, Colombia, Malawi, Indonesia, and Russia, as well as nationally in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Kalamazoo, Princeton, Bainbridge Island, Lewiston, Carlisle, Interlochen, Kaatsbaan, and Jacob’s Pillow, his works have been presented in many New York City venues including Lincoln CenterCity CenterThe Joyce TheaterNew York Live ArtsThe Solomon R. Guggenheim MuseumDanspace ProjectDance Theater WorkshopLa MaMaP.S. 122HERE Arts Center, the 92nd Street YJoyce SoHoSymphony SpaceGalapagos Art SpaceBRIC StudioDixon PlaceThe John Ryan TheaterBrooklyn Arts ExchangeSolar OneSocrates Sculpture Park, Judson Church, Dance New Amsterdam, The Mulberry Street Theater, The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, and One Arm Red, as well as in the Late Night Cabaret of the Jim Henson International Festival of Puppet Theater, the Pesta Boneka International Puppet Biennale, and via American Opera Projects in OPERA America′s New Works Forum.

Christopher was named a choreography fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 2021 and received a New York Dance & Performance “Bessie” Award in 2005 for his work Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins (2005), as well as an impromptu Ishmael Houston-Jones “Messie” Award for his work The Golden Legend (2009), which was listed among the 10 best dance performances of 2009 by Joan Acocella in The New Yorker. He has been awarded fellowships from The New York Foundation for the ArtsThe Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Center for Ballet and the Arts, the Bogliasco Foundation for multiple residencies at the Liguria Study Center for Arts & Humanities in Bogliasco, Italy, and was granted a Bessie Schönberg Memorial Endowed Fellowship for a residency at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. In 2017 he was named an honoree of Exploring the Metropolis after receiving an EtM Choreographer + Composer Residency, and has been granted creative residencies at New York Live Arts as a Live Feed Resident Artist, Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic StudiesBethany Arts CommunityKaatsbaan Culture ParkJoyce SoHo, Dance New Amsterdam, White Oak Plantation, The YardBates Dance FestivalMt. Tremper Arts, Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, on Captiva Island via the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, through Movement Research, the Harkness Dance Center at the 92nd Street YLower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Dream Music Puppetry Program, the HERE Artist Residency ProgramBainbridge Dance Center, the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland, the Anderson Center, and at Yaddo where he was named for the Charles and Candace Wait Residency in 2014. Foundations and organizations that have supported his work include the New York State Council on the Arts, the Jim Henson Foundation, the O′Donnell-Green Music & Dance FoundationLower Manhattan Cultural CouncilAmerican Music Center′s Live Music for Dance Program, the International Festival Society, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and the Greenwall Foundation.

Christopher has been commissioned by The Joyce TheaterNew York Live ArtsOpéra Royal du Château de Versailles/Opéra National de BordeauxEnglish National OperaTeatro Real/Perm Opera & Ballet TheaterInterlochen Center for the ArtsDance Theater WorkshopDanspace Project, the Harkness Dance Center and Harkness Repertory Ensemble at the 92nd Street Y, Philadelphia Dance ProjectsAmerican Opera ProjectsReid & Harriet DesignThe Blanket10 Hairy LegsLower Manhattan Cultural CouncilBates Dance Festival, and HERE Arts Center’s Dream Music Puppetry Program, and has set original works on students at Princeton UniversityNYU′s Tisch School of the ArtsSarah Lawrence CollegeDickinson CollegeInterlochen Arts AcademyBainbridge Dance Center, and the Chadwick School. He has also had the great fortune of collaborating with many distinguished artists including renowned opera directors Peter Sellars and Michel Fau, composers Gregory SpearsNico MuhlyRobert EenPeter Kirn, David Griffin, and Ivan Jiménez, visual designer Andrew Jordan, costume designers Carol Binion, Ciera Wells, and Timothy Westbrook, lighting designers Joe Levasseur, Kathy Kaufmann, and Carol Mullins, visual artists David R. Harper and Rosario López Parra, choreographers Patti Bradshaw and Kindra Windish, puppeteer and set designer Tom Lee, puppeteers Basil TwistLake SimonsEric Wright, and Matt Acheson, as well as with musical director Raphaël Pichon of Ensemble Pygmalion, and members of PiffaroModern MedievalThe New York Consort of ViolsSonnambula, the Sebastian Chamber PlayersLionheart, and the internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble Anonymous 4. His collaboration with director Michel Fau and musical director Raphaël Pichon for a production of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Dardanus presented at the Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles won the Grand Prix du Syndicat de la Critique 2015 in the category of “best Spectacle Lyrique of the year” and his collaboration with Peter Sellars on a new adaptation of Henry Purcell’s The Indian Queen presented at The Bolshoi Theater won five Golden Mask Awards in Moscow.

Christopher has danced for Douglas Dunn + DancersRebecca LazierTere O’Connor DanceYoshiko Chuma & the School of Hard KnocksJohn KellySally Silvers, Mina Nishimura, Michou Szabo, Yvonne Meier, Jon Kinzel, Renée Archibald, Edisa WeeksRisa JaroslowNanine LinningBeppie Blankert, Wendy Rogers, Lisa Gonzales, Eliza Miller, Anita Cheng, and Elise Knudson, and has also performed for Peter Sellars, David Neumann, Fred Ho, and Charles Atlas. As a puppeteer, Christopher has worked with the award-winnning master puppeteer Basil Twist, both serving as the Ballet Captain for the puppets’ choreography as well as developing roles in his versions of the ballets Petrushka and The Rite of Spring. He has also toured in the award-winning work of Dan Hurlin (including Everyday Uses for Sight no. 3 and Hiroshima Maiden), with Phantom Limb Company, and has appeared in works by puppet artists Chris M. Green, Erin K. Orr, Kate Brehm, and Lake Simons.

Christopher was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Syracuse, New York where he began early studies of gymnastics, drama, music, and ballet. He earned a diploma from the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris where he studied physical theatre, acrobatics, and mask traditions from 1996-1998, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1999 from Sarah Lawrence College where he studied choreography with the late Viola Farber and puppetry with Dan Hurlin. He has also studied contemporary dance and ballet most notably with Douglas DunnRebecca Lazier, Vicky Shick, Jeremy Nelson, Janet Panetta, Lance Westergard, John Jasperse, June Finch, Janet Charleston, and at the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio, where he received three scholarships for participation in their professional training program. He was an Affiliate Artist in the Dance/Theater departments at Sarah Lawrence College and serves on the Artist Advisory Board for Danspace Project. He lives in Washington Heights.

Christopher′s long-term project Marginalia is fiscally sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Christopher’s web log “The Land of Nimbi” may also be viewed here.
Find Christopher on Instagram as @faycavalier.

Residencies and programs at Bethany Arts Community are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Westchester, and numerous individual donors.

National Endowment for the Arts     The New York State Council on the Arts   National Endowment for the Arts


September 11, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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