MTSU Dance Program is pleased to hosts a wide range of Nationally and Internationally recognized Guest Artists residencies. Guest artists make meaningful contributions to the development and growth of our students throughout the year. The Guest Artist Program at Middle Tennessee State University creates an environment that is supportive, substantive and inclusive of diversity. The guest artist series actively engages the dance program, campus and the community in special activities and programs that focus on multicultural issues within art and society. The extended residencies by innovative and acclaimed artists give students, faculty, and staff new materials and perspectives to integrate into their professional work and development. Select students will have the opportunity to perform in dance works choreographed by each artist in residence.
Christopher K Morgan - February 8 - 14, 2016
Christopher K. Morgan brings over 15 years of experience as a dancer, teacher, choreographer and arts facilitator to directing his new company. His work stems from a belief in the urgency of live performance art in an increasingly isolating, commercial, and digital world. Morgan’s choreography has been presented in 18 countries on 5 continents, in venues including The Kennedy Center (Washington DC), La Mama (New York City), Theater Artaud (San Francisco), The Maly Theatre (Moscow, Russia) the Hong Kong Cultural Center (China) and the South Lawn of the White House.
In April 2011, he was profiled as one of six breakout choreographers by Dance Magazine.
Morgan served as Choreographer in Residence and Rehearsal Director for Washington, DC based CityDance Ensemble from 2007-2011, where he was commissioned to create 6 original works and stage a major reconstruction. His 2010 work +1/-1, was hailed as “exquisitely athletic…the kind of crooked choreography where the simple quiver of fingertips is enough to spark goose bumps” (artspost.net) and subsequently won the 2010 Dance Metro DC award for Outstanding New Work.
Morgan has directed and facilitated the Dance Omi International Dance Collective since 2005, an annual three-week residency for professional, international dancer/choreographers that takes place in New York. From 2005 until 2008 he also founded and directed his New York City based pick up group, Muse.
Morgan is currently on faculty at American University in Washington DC. Previous teaching credits include Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Shawbrook (Ireland), Iwanson Schule (Munich),Towson University (Maryland), Stephens College (Missouri), Western Kentucky University and University of Idaho among many others. He has lectured for New York City Ballet’s Education Department, Dance Theater Workshop, served as a panelist to the National Endowment for the Art and adjudicated the 2010 National ACDFA Gala at the Kennedy Center.
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