Christopher Williams

The New York Philharmonic

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Christopher Williams is an award-winning dancer, choreographer, and puppeteer devoted to creating new movement-based works in New York City and abroad since 1999. His work has been presented in New York City venues including City Center, Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, 92nd Street Y, Dance New Amsterdam, Joyce SoHo, Symphony Space, Galapagos Art Space, BRIC Studio, HERE Arts Center, P.S. 122, La Mama Experimental Theater Club, Dixon Place, One Arm Red, The John Ryan Theater, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, Solar One, The Mulberry Street Theater, Judson Church, in the Late Night Cabaret of the Jim Henson International Festival of Puppet Theater, and via American Opera Projects in OPERA America’s New Works Forum. He has been commissioned by the Interlochen Center for the Arts, 10 Hairy Legs, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Harkness Dance Center, Harkness Repertory Ensemble, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Bates Dance Festival, and the Dream Music Puppetry Program, and has set original works on students at Princeton University, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, and Dickinson College. He has collaborated with opera director Peter Sellars; composers Gregory Spears, Robert Een, Peter Kirn, David Griffin, and Ivan Jiménez, costume designers Andrew Jordan, Ciera Wells, and Carol Binion; lighting designer Joe Levasseur; visual artist Rosario López; choreographer Kindra Windish; puppeteer and set designer Tom Lee; and with Ensemble Pygmalion, The New York Consort of Viols, the Sebastian Chamber Players, and members of Anonymous 4 and Lionheart. Christopher Williams received a New York Dance & Performance “Bessie” Award in 2005 for his work Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins and an impromptu Ishmael Houston-Jones “Messie” Award for his work The Golden Legend, which was listed among the 10 best dance performances of 2009 by The New Yorker.

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