PDP Presents Informances are expanded conversations between artists and the audience about the content of their work, ideas, and inspiration. For the inquisitive dance audience member, Informances are a direct way to learn more about dance, styles, history, and artistic approaches through conversation.
Choreographer Christopher Williams is the originator of the highly acclaimed dance opera “Wolf-in-Skins,” co-produced by PDP. Popular with local audiences, the still in work in progress most recent addition was seen in PDP Dance Up Close in 2017.
In his Informance, Following in the Footsteps of Nijinsky, Christopher Williams will discuss an ongoing project of his to reimagine an array of beloved works from the Ballets Russes era in his own contemporary queer idiom. Participants will get a glimpse of choreography, designs, and concepts for works-in-progress, including The Afternoon of a Faun, Narcissus, and Les Sylphides.
Christopher Williams dubbed “one of the most exciting choreographic voices out there” (The New York Times) and “the downtown prodigy” (The New Yorker), is a choreographer/dancer/puppeteer working in New York City and abroad since 1999. His work has toured in France, Italy, Spain, England, Holland, Colombia, Malawi, and Russia. It has been presented in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Princeton, Los Angeles, and local venues, including Lincoln Center, City Center, DTW, Danspace Project, P.S. 122, the 92nd Street Y, and La Mama. Among his commissioners are The Joyce Theater, New York Live Arts, Opéra National de Bordeaux, English National Opera, Perm Opera & Ballet Theater, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Princeton University, Philadelphia Dance Projects, and HERE Arts Center’s Dream Music Puppetry Program. His awards include a 2005 New York Dance & Performance “Bessie” Award and fellowships from The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Center for Ballet and the Arts. He has also been awarded residencies via the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Watermill Center, the Bogliasco Foundation, Movement Research, Djerassi, Yaddo, and The Yard. He holds degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. He has performed for Tere O’Connor, Douglas Dunn, Rebecca Lazier, Yoshiko Chuma, John Kelly, and Basil Twist.
PDP’s online Informances continue with
Following in the Footsteps of Nijinsky
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 7PM
FREE or pay what you wish
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