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Christopher Williams Dances

Christopher Williams has been devoted to performing and crafting choreographic works in New York City and abroad since 1999. A curious alchemist who naturally dissolves boundaries between various art forms, he has developed a unique style that dovetails rather than eclipses experimental dance with visual art, theater, puppetry, and live music. Preferring to cast each new piece specifically rather than maintaining a set company, he carefully assemb [...]

Christopher Williams Dances


Christopher Williams has been devoted to performing and crafting choreographic works in New York City and abroad since 1999. A curious alchemist who naturally dissolves boundaries between various art forms, he has developed a unique style that dovetails rather than eclipses experimental dance with visual art, theater, puppetry, and live music. Preferring to cast each new piece specifically rather than maintaining a set company, he carefully assembles a wide variety of brilliant performers that juxtapose many body types and span many ages in order to instill his work with an unusual corporeal counterpoint.
In conjunction with a profound personal passion for early art, literature, and music of many cultures, Christopher has recently made works inspired by historical wonders and curiosities that refract and re-imagine the sensibilities of lost ages in contemporary contexts. By employing a highly detailed choreographic vocabulary along with carefully stylized visual and live sonorous elements, his pieces produce an effect for observers of entering marvelously strange and fantastical new worlds.
Christopher is particularly interested in expanding live performance as an art form by rigorously re-examining the relationship of historical literature, early and contemporary music, prosthetic costume, mask, and puppetry to the movement of the human body. He notices an intricate harmony between seemingly disparate forms due to their common potential for movement, and finds compelling instances of visual, emotional, and spatial polyphony therein. The body of a dancer can move independently or become an armature upon which to sculpt, a musical vessel, a visage upon which masks may appear, a medium through which puppets can rouse, and even a sort of time machine in his work.
Though we are led to believe certain truths about our universe, ample ambiguous territory remains. Although he experiences a peculiar nostalgia for former ages that pondered the existence of unknown loci, flora, fauna, and the supernatural, Christopher believes that a simple continuation of the innately beautiful human impulse to explain our existence on the planet can be followed by generating innovative contemporary performance works. It is his belief that choreographic work inclusive of a variety of creatively combined elements provides both a powerful sense of vital spectacle and ritual for audiences and offers a culturally essential place where the public imagination is encouraged to soar.

Retrospective Photo Gallery

These photos represent just a smattering of the various repertory works from the past ten years available for an On-Demand Informance!


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This is Vicky Skick performing in Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins (2005). The photo is by Steven Schreiber.

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This is Natsuki Arai and Mara Torres performing in Virgo Genitrix (2003). The photo is by A. Pierce Bounds.

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This is Christopher Williams and Andrei Garzón performing in The Portuguese Suite (2006). The photo is by Paula Court.

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This is Sydney Skybetter, Philip Montana, and Bryan Campbell performing in The Voyage of the Húi Corra (2008). The photo is by Tony Dougherty.

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Nicky Paraiso performing in The Golden Legend (2009)

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Hope Davis, Ursula Eagly performing in Hen's Teeth (2010)

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This is Natsuki Arai, Mara Torres, and Rebecca Good performing in Virgo Genitrix (2003). The photo is by A. Pierce Bounds.

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This is Michael Ingle, Ursula Eagly, and Caitlin Scranton performing in The Voyage of Garbhglas (2010). The photo is by Michael Wang.

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This is Andrei Garzón, Derry Swan, Darla Villani, Jennifer Lafferty, Omagbitse Omagbemi, Laura Arrington, Rebecca Serrell, and Renée Archibald performing in The Portuguese Suite (2006). THe photo is by Paula Court.

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This is Nami Yamamoto performing in Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins (2005). The pohot is by Paula Court.

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This is Chris Elam performing in The Golden Legend (2009). The photo is by Steven Schreiber.

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This is Michael Ingle, Moses Kaplan, Andrew Smith, and Sydney Skybetter performing in The Voyage of Garbhglas (2010). The photo is by Andy Jordan.

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This is Jennifer Lafferty, Ursula Eagly, and Storme Sundberg performing in Hen's Teeth (2010). The photo is by Paula Court.

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This is Michael Ingle performing in The Voyage of Garbhglas (2010). The photo is by Andy Jordan.

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This is Gus Solomons, Jr. performing in The Golden Legend (2010). The photo is by Paula Court.

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This is Raja Kelly performing in Mumbo-jumbo (2011). The photo is by Steven Schreiber.

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This is Raja Kelly performing in Mumbo-jumbo (2011). The photo is by Andy Jordan.

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This is Jacob Kovner performing in The Voyage of the Húi Corra (2008). The photo is by Tony Dougherty.

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