Christopher Williams (CBA ’18) is a choreographer, dancer, and puppeteer who has created over 30 movement-based works in New York City and abroad since 1999. His work has been presented internationally in France, England, Italy, Spain, Holland, Colombia, and Russia, nationally in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, 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 directors Peter Sellars and Michel Fau, conductor Raphaël Pichon of Ensemble Pygmalion, members of the Anonymous 4, as well as critically acclaimed composer Gregory Spears and visual designer Andrew Jordan. His commissioners have included the Opéra National de Bordeaux/Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles, English National Opera/Teatro Real/Perm Opera & Ballet Theater, Interlochen Center for the Arts, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Princeton University, the Harkness Dance Center, DTW, Danspace Project, Wanderlust Dance Project, and HERE Arts Center’s Dream Music Puppetry Program. His awards include a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award (2005), fellowships from The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Bogliasco Foundation, as well as residencies via the Robert Raushenberg Foundation at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, the Tyrone Guthrie Center, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Harkness Dance Center, Movement Research, Mt. Tremper Arts, Joyce SoHo, Djerassi, Yaddo, and The Yard.
As a fellow at The Center for Ballet and the Arts, Williams will conduct research and create choreography for an original contemporary ballet entitled Narcissus. The new work, set to Nikolai Tcherepnin’s ballet score Narcisse et Echo, composed in 1911 for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, will reappropriate themes of the eponymous ancient Greek myth on which it is based to re-imagine the ballet through a contemporary queer lens.