Christopher K. Morgan
Christopher K. Morgan grew up in Orange County, CA dancing the Hula and Polynesian dances of his Hawaiian ancestors. Discovering ballet, jazz and modern dance at the age of 17, Christopher studied dance at the University of California Irvine. But after only 2 years in school, he was offered a job dancing for Malashock Dance & Company in San Diego. Thus began his extensive performing career that would have him move to Munich, Washington DC, New York, Dublin and London. Now, he brings his diverse heritage and over 15 years of experience as a dancer, educator, choreographer and arts facilitator to directing his contemporary dance company, the Resident Company of Washington DC based CityDance, and the Alden Theatre in McLean, VA.
His work stems from a belief in the urgency of live performance in an increasingly isolating, commercial, and digital world. 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.
From 2007-2011 he served as Choreographer in Residence and Rehearsal Director for CityDance Ensemble. He has collaborated with Musica Aperta since 2009, choreographing Pheasants, which premiered at the National Gallery of Art that year. From 2005 until 2008 he also founded and directed his New York City based pick up group, Muse.
A skilled facilitator, Christopher directs The Dance Omi International Dance Collective, an annual three-week residency for professional, international dancer/choreographers that takes place each August in Upstate New York.
Christopher is currently the Artist in Residence at American University in Washington DC. Previous 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 the 2010 National ACDFA Gala at the Kennedy Center 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.