Choreographic assistant and collaborator for William Forsythe
Workshop based on the work of William Forsythe
May 25 - 29 | 10:00 am to 1:30 pm (17.5 hours)
Rate: DAC members - $165 | Visiting pro - $188 | EB - $212 | Standard - $235 | EQ* - $115
*This workshop is supported by Emploi Québec and co-presented as part of Danse à la Carte’s Professional Development Program and TransFormation and is not eligible for reimbursement by the Regroupement Québecois de la Danse.
Please note that the video and photographic materials are for insight into Christopher Roman's previous works and do not demonstrate what will be explored in this workshop.
Agency. Dancers are not tools. We are the embodiment of ideas, experiences, cultures, genders and races. We are expression. In order for a choreographer to express their ideas they depend on the dancer and the richness of their experience. As in life, It is often complicated to maintain a balance of autonomy while in service of parameters created without you. This workshop wishes to support an environment of individual expression where dancers have agency for creating and expanding beyond an already established choreographic structure, while remaining critical and objective toward the needs of the whole. Using the work Catalogue (Second Edition) by William Forsythe as a base, dancers will be invited to take that point of departure and launch into a collaborative venture utilizing their varying understanding of forms, choreographic thinking, personal backgrounds and artistic impulses.
As a ballet master, choreographic assistant and administrator Christopher has staged and assisted 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 Tanzraum Wedding/Danceworks Berlin and The University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt, MA CoDe. Since 2011 Christopher has been guest and adjunct faculty and choreographer in residence for Butler University, The Juilliard School, Hollins University, UCLA, USC, Princeton University, Harvard University, The Goethe Institute worldwide, Steps NY, Peridance, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, 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. In 2016, Christopher became the Artistic Director and dance artist with the Dance On Ensemble, a company for dancers over 40 based in Berlin. Together with the ensemble, he helped create 11 original works with Matteo Fargion, Rabih Mroué, William Forsythe, Kat Valastur, Deborah Hay, Ivo Dimchev, Johannes Wieland and Jan Martens premiering and touring internationally.and icluded a creation with director Ersan Mondtag and the Berliner Ensemble. In 2019, he grounded the SALT co., an agency in support of a collective of renowned dancers creating work, educating and programming with curiosity and integrity. His upcoming productions include new works with Deborah Hay, Martin Nachbar, Wendy Houston, and Neuköllner Oper, Berlin among others. He is currently on tour dancing in William Forsythe’s A Quiet Evening of Dance produced by Sadler’s Wells and in Deborah Hay’s Animals on the Beach, which he recently produced for Tanz im August in Berlin.
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 venues 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, Kuenstlerhaus Mousonturm, Cadance Festival Holland, Staatstheater Gärtnerplatz, Skulpturenpark in Graz and others. William Forythe'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 Performance: Dance 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.