Les Sylphides Repertory Intensive with Christopher Williams
Tues-Fri, Feb 20-23
10:45am-12:45pm at BDC
Instructor: Christopher Williams
BDC Ballet Repertory students in Levels V, VI-VII and VII-VIII are invited for a special week-long intensive with visiting artist Christopher Williams. During this week, students will work in-depth on their choreography in Les Sylphides for the performance in June. This time will allow for one-on-one coaching with Christopher on nuance, technique and artistry. This is a phenomenal opportunity to have an intensive learning experience with one of the most exciting, unique New York choreographers working today.
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, and puppeteer who has made over thirty original and collaborative movement-based works in NYC and abroad since 1999. His work has been presented internationally in France, England, Italy, Spain, Holland, Colombia, and Russia, nationally in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Princeton, Carlisle, Interlochen, and Kalamazoo, as well as in local venues including City Center, Lincoln Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, P.S. 122, the 92nd Street Y, and La Mama. His collaborators have included renowned directors Peter Sellars and Michel Fau, conductor Raphaël Pichon of Ensemble Pygmalion, members of the Anonymous 4 and Lionheart, as well as critically acclaimed composer Gregory Spears and visual designer Andrew Jordan. He is currently working on commissions from Wanderlust Dance Project and 10 Hairy Legs, and has previously been commissioned by the Opéra National de Bordeaux, English National Opera, Teatro Real, Perm Opera & Ballet Theater, Interlochen Center for the Arts, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Princeton University, the Chadwick School, the Harkness Dance Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, and through HERE Arts Center’s Dream Music Puppetry Program. His awards include a 2005 New York Dance & Performance “Bessie” Award, fellowships from The Center for Ballet and the Arts, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Bogliasco Foundation, as well as residencies via the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, the Harkness Dance Center, the Liguria Study Center for Arts & Humanities in Bogliasco, Italy, Movement Research, Joyce SoHo, Djerassi, the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland, Yaddo, and The Yard.