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4-day-research IMPROVISATION PROPOSITIONS with Christopher Roman at b12


when: 29th june – 2nd july 2017 / 9:00am – 1:00pm

where: Berlin, Germany

my time as a classical ballet dancer and subsequent collaboration with william forsythe in the ballett frankfurt and the forsythe company informed the practice of clarity and necessity of form in communicating ideas, but also taught me that form and ways of communicating are different for everyone.

the proposition of this workshop is to offer simple tools as points of departure, share the individual outcome from the use of those tools and utilize the difference of interpretation as a way of understanding and communicating.

christopher roman began his formal training and danced as an apprentice with the school of cleveland ballet, continuing his training at the school of american ballet in new york city. he was subsequently invited into the ranks of the pacific northwest ballet, and as a soloist and principal with edward villella’s miami city ballet, les grands ballets canadiens, the pennsylvania ballet, ballett frankfurt and the forsythe company, performing a huge array of important choreographic works, originating over forty roles and touring every major venue worldwide.

he has been a guest artist with complexions contemporary ballet and sasha waltz and guests in berlin. christopher was co-founder, choreographer and performer for the company 2+ with former wooster group video designer, philip bussmann and has created work with 2+ and independently for the pennsylvania ballet, philadelphia fringe festival, festival de danse in cannes, künstlerhaus mousonturm, cadance festival holland, staatstheater gärtnerplatz, skulpturenpark in graz and others.

william forsythe’s bessie award winning “you made me a monster” was created with mr. roman and he is the 2009 recipient of germany’s highest theater honor der deutsche theaterpreis “der faust” for best dance performance in the forsythe company’s “i don’t believe in outer space”. he is also featured in the thierry de mey film of forsythe’s work, “one flat thing, reproduced”.

as a ballet master, choreographic assistant and administrator, christopher has staged the works of william forsythe internationally, been a teacher of improvisational techniques, a research collaborator for the ohio state university project “synchronous objects” and the score manager and education coordinator for the motion bank initiative, in association with the forsythe company.

he is currently the curator and organizer for the mfa in dance european studies at hollins university, in affiliation with the dresden frankfurt dance company, mousonturm and the university of music and performing arts in frankfurt. since 2011, christopher has been guest and adjunct faculty and choreographer in residence for butler university, the juilliard school, hollins university, princeton university, harvard university, the goethe institute worldwide, steps ny, peridance, nyu tisch school of the arts, movement invention project, springboard dance montreal and dance arts faculty in rome.

mr. roman was one of the artists selected to be part of the solo performance commissioning project with deborah hay for her work “dynamic” and also one of the twenty artists to perform in boris charmatz’s curation of “20 dancers for the xx century” at moma. he was the choreographic assistant to william forsythe for the original work “rearray” at sadler’s wells, for sylvie guillem and nicolas leriche, as well as for the new creation for the paris opera ballet entitled, “blake works i”.

in september 2013, christopher assumed the role of associate artistic director of the forsythe company and is on the board of trustees for the forsythe foundation. christopher is currently the artistic director of, and a dance artist with, the dance on ensemble, a company for dancers over 40 based in berlin and is in the midst of creating 8 original works with matteo fargion, rabih mroué, william forsythe, kat valastur, deborah hay, ivo dimchev, johannes wieland and jan martens, over the course of 2 years.

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