The Indian Queen

Henry Purcell died in 1695 while writing his last opera, The Indian Queen. His brother Daniel provided an uninspired completion of the rich, visionary, and transcendent score by the British master. More than three centuries later, the Teatro Real presents the world premiere of a fresh version and unpublished final work of Purcell, incorporating some of his most inspired music, as well as a new script adapted from writings of the Nicaraguan novelist Rosario Aguilar. This new fusion of dance, music, literature, theater and visual arts depicts the first contact between Europeans and the Maya of the New World, a story of personal conquest through the lives of those women who created a new culture. 

Stage Director - Peter Sellars
Musical Director - Teodor Currentzis
Choreography - Christopher Williams
Scenic Design - Gronk
Lighting Design - James F. Ingalls
Costume Design - Dunya Ramicova
Score Compiled and Edited by Ryan Dudenbostel

Perm Opera & Ballet Theater

25a, Petropavlovskaya St.
Perm, Russia

September 25th, 2013 at 7:00pm
September 27th, 2013 at 7:00pm
September 28th, 2013 at 7:00pm
September 29th, 2013 at 7:00pm
October 1st, 2013 at 7:00pm
October 2nd, 2013 at 7:00pm

Teatro Real

Plaza de Oriente s/n
Madrid, Spain

November 5th, 2013 at 8:00pm 
November 7th, 2013 at 8:00pm
November 9th, 2013 at 8:00pm
November 10th, 2013 at 6:00pm
November 13th, 2013 at 8:00pm
November 15th, 2013 at 8:00pm
November 17th, 2013 at 6:00pm

November 19th, 2013 at 8:00pm
Production of the Teatro Real (Madrid) in cooperation with the Ópera de Perm

www.operatheatre.perm.ru
www.teatro-real.com



Wolf-in-Skins (dance excerpts) at the Arts Arena in Paris

American dancers Caitlin Scranton, Andrew Champlin, and Dylan Crossman joined by two local dancers will perform four dance excerpts from the work-in-progress dance-opera Wolf-in-Skins at the Arts Arena as part of the American University of Paris.

Wolf-in-Skins (dance excerpts)
Friday, June 14th at 8:00pm & Saturday, June 15th at 3pm

The Arts Arena
at The American University of Paris
Door Studios
9-9bis Rue de Les
diguières
Paris, 4e
France
Metro: Bastille



Pedigree Perigee Apogee

Join dancer/choreographer Jordan Isadore, who has danced in the work of dancer/choreographer Christopher Williams, who has danced in the work of dancer/choreographer Douglas Dunn, who has danced in the work of the late dancer/choreographer Merce Cunningham, for a taste of their current research in the studio.

Are there detectable traces of pedigree at play?
Do they as artists prefer the point of perigee or apogee in relation to their predecessors?
A conversation with the audience will follow.


Fridays at Noon series

May 31st, 2013 at 12:00pm
Buttenweiser Hall, 92nd Street Y
Pay what you can or come for free!



Studio 11 Libertà Inagural Festival

Christopher Williams and Caitlin Scranton will perform excerpts from Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins and other works for a public celebration to inaugurate the new dance studio (Studio 11 Libertà) at the Liguria Study Center for Arts & Humanities in Bogliasco, Italy. This festive weekend will include Fellows′ open studios and a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring a host of international performances and special guests.


Inaugural Festival for
Studio 11 Libertà
Liguria Study Center for Arts & Humanities

May 18th-19th, 2013

Via Aurelia 4

Bogliasco, Italy



Wolf-in-Skins (preview)

Inspired by ancient themes of the "mythic hero′s journey" found in medieval Welsh literature, Wolf-in-Skins is an evening-length "dance-opera" choreographed and directed by Christopher Williams and composed by Gregory Spears.  Driven by choreographed operatic sequences supported by supertitles, the work combines live music, dance, and visual design to re-imagine lost mythology as a staged ritual.  Featuring a 10-piece chamber orchestra with period instruments to accompany its large cast of New York and Philadelphia based dancers, singers, and instrumentalists, workshop preview performances of the work′s first act will be presented by Philadelphia Dance Projects and American Opera Projects.  Collaborators for the work include costume designers Andrew Jordan, Ciera Wells, and Carol Binion, set designers Tom Lee and Michael Wang, and lighting designer Joe Levasseur.

January 25th & 26th at 7:30pm & January 26th at 2:30pm, 2013
Conwell Dance Theater, Temple University

1801 North Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Hear a sneak preview of musical excerpts by clicking here.

For more information on the project click here.

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Help make this production happen by clicking here.



Hen′s Teeth (excerpt)

Dancers Jennifer Lafferty, Storme Sundberg, and Banu Ogan will perform an excerpt from Hen′s Teeth (2010) in the Douglas Dunn Salon Festival which also features works by Jules Bakshi, Kira Blazek, Paul Singh, and Jin Ju Song-Begin.

 


Douglas Dunn Salon Festival
December 9th, 2012 at 1pm and 3pm
Douglas Dunn Studio
541 Broadway
New York, NY 10012


For more information click here.



Wolf-in-Skins Lecture/Demonstration at Watermill

Composer Gregory Spears, choreographer Christopher Williams, and costume designer Andrew Jordan will offer a glimpse into the process of making their latest work while in residence at the Watermill Center.  Inspired by obscure Welsh faerie legends and the overlapping mythology of the six remaining Insular Celtic cultures, the new work Wolf-in-Skins will interweave dance, music, and visual design to define a ritualistic arena in which lost mythology may be embodied via contemporary performance.

The open rehearsal will feature dancers Caitlin Scranton and Matthew Flatley.

June 16th, 2012, 5:30pm
Watermill Center
39 Watermill Towd Road
Watermill, NY 11976
(631) 726-4628

More details coming soon.

Hear a sneak preview of musical excerpts by clicking here.
For more information on the project click here.

 



APAP Showing

Dancers Raja Kelly, Paul Singh, and Christopher Williams perform excerpts from The Portuguese Suite (2006) and Mumbo-jumbo (2010) on a program showcasing excerpts of works by Sarah Skaggs, Jean Butler, Douglas Dunn, & Christopher Williams.

Saturday, January 7th, 2012
12pm, 2pm, & 4pm


Douglas Dunn Studio
541 Broadway (near Spring Street), 3rd floor
No reservations necessary.  Doors open a half hour before each showing time.  Wine & water served.



CD Release Concert & Party

Join New Amsterdam Records, composer Gregory Spears, choreographer Christopher Williams, and an ensemble of acclaimed musicians in celebrating the release of Spears′ Requiem which was originally commissioned with support from the O′Donnell-Green Music & Dance Foundation in 2010 for the dance Hen′s Teeth, created and premiered during a 2009-2010 A.I.R. Residency at Dance New Amsterdam.


November 21st, 2011

7pm doors open, 8pm music


Galapagos Art Space
16 Main Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn
(718) 222-8500



Saints Projects ″Informance″

Join Christopher Williams for an "Informance" concerning his body of dance works based on the curious lives of medieval saints.  In a unique artist/audience conversation, he will share details of his artistic research and craft, an will show video excerpts illustrating how he used historical literature, early and contemporary music, fastastical prosthetic costuming, and puppetry to create his two critically acclaimed works Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins and The Golden Legend.  Dancer Caitlin Scranton will be present to perform an exerpt with Williams from one of the works.  A free discussion will follow.

Philadelphia Dance Projects
"Informance" with Christopher Williams
Saturday, March 12th, 2011, 7:30pm
Performance Garage
1515 Brandywine Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Tickets:

http://www.danceboxoffice.com/product_details.php?category_id=0&item_id=224



The Playgroud

Conceived by Gregory Dolbashian and Loni Landon, The Playground is an open forum for professional dancers to participate in the processes of a wide array of New York City′s choreographers. This open-door workshop series builds a community of movement and artistic exchange in a non-competitive and highly motivated dance environment. The program functions on a $5 entry fee for participants, allowing dancers to freely experience each choreographer’s methods and ideas while the choreographers showcase their brands of movement and concepts, all without financial strains.  Christopher Williams will be experimenting with new choreographic ideas on March 9th and 10th.

Manhattan Movement Arts Center
Saturday, March 9th & 10th, 2011, 1pm-3pm
248 West 60th Street
New York City

Tickets:

http://theplaygroundnyc.eventbrite.com/



Mumbo-jumbo and Other Works

Premiere performances of Mumbo-jumbo inspired by a hodgepodge of controversial 19th century juvenile literature and influenced by how phenomena such as xenophobia, racism, ignorance, abandonment, sacrifice, cruelty, and erroneous identity may lead to widespread cultural confusion will take place as part of the Harkness Dance Festival 2011.  Also appearing on the program will be excerpts from a smattering of earlier works and a sneak preview of the latest collaboration with composer Gregory Spears. The costume design is by Carol Binion, Andy Jordan, and Christopher Williams.

Featuring performers Jennifer Lafferty, Kira Blazek, Hope Davis, Caitlin Scranton, Emily Stone, Storme Sundberg, Paul Singh, Raja Kelly, Andrew Champlin, Burr Johnson, Jordan Isadore, Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, Larry Lipnik, Elizabeth Weinfield, Jacqui Kerrod, and Mischa Bouvier.

Harkness Dance Festival
February 25th-27th, 2011 Buttenweiser Hall
92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue

New York, NY 10128

Tickets:
http://www.92y.org/shop/event_detail.asp?category=School+of+the+Arts888Harkness+Dance+Center888Harkness+Dance+Festival888&productid=T-DP5HP12
 



The Voyage of the Húi Corra (excerpt)

Dancers Sydney Skybetter, Philip Montana, Jordan Isadore, Jordan Morley, and Andrew Smith perform in The A.W.A.R.D. Show!

Each of the series—in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle—will present the work of 12 promising contemporary choreographers. Three preliminary evenings will feature the work of four choreographers per night. Each dance piece will be 12–15 minutes of a completed work, excerpt or work-in-progress. After each performance, a moderated artist and audience discussion will take place, followed by an audience vote to select a finalist to perform on the fourth and final night of the series. Each night, the audience and the artists will be invited to a post-performance reception to encourage further informal dialogue about the work. On the final night in each city, a panel of experts in dance and other cultural arts fields, along with the audience, will choose the winner of the award.

The first place winner in each of the six participating cities will receive a $10,000 cash award. The two runners-up in each city will receive $1,000. The winners and runners-up will use these awards toward the creation of new dance work. This expansion into Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle is made possible by a generous grant from The Boeing Company.

The A.W.A.R.D Show!
November 19th, 2010 at 7:00pm
Joyce SoHo
155 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10012

to purchase tickets online: http://www.joyce.org/performancestickets/calendar_soho.php

Click here for more information!



Mumbo-jumbo (excerpt)

Dancers Raja Kelly and Paul Singh perform an excerpt of Mumbo-jumbo in Cath 41!

CATCH 41
Saturday, October 2nd, 2010
The Bushwick Starr
207 Starr Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Featuring...


Michelle Boulé !
Levi Gonzalez !
Elizabeth Kurkjian !
Molly Lieber & Eleanor Smith !
Hedia Maron !
Maggie McBrien !
Christopher Williams !



Mumbo-jumbo (excerpt)

Dancers Raja Kelly and Paul Singh perform an excerpt of Mumbo-jumbo in the DanceNOW Festival 2010.

DanceNOW Festival Twenty Ten

September 8th-11th, 2010

Dance Theater Workshop, 7:30pm
 

Program for September 10th:

Daniel Charon
Jennifer Chin Dance
INSPIRIT
TerraFirmaDance/Stuart Loungway
Stefanie Nelson dancegroup
Riedel Dance Theater
small apple co/Makiko Tamura
Christopher Williams
Ellis Wood Dance
ZviDance



Saint Smitten

Excerpts from The Golden Legend and brand new work will be performed in a former church in Catskill, New York.  Dancers Raja Kelly, Brandin Steffensen, Jordan Isadore, and Paul Singh perform.

Showing
Saturday, August 22nd at 5pm
5 Franklin Street
Catskill, New York*

*Details about free shuttle service coming soon...



The Voyage of Garbhglas (excerpt)

Part of a cycle of works inspired by ancient Irish faerie lore along with 6th and 7th century Irish adventure tales known as Immrama (“rowings about” or "voyaging") in which saints, heroes, or troubled men are often set adrift in boats with no oars and encounter uncharted magical roaming lands with strange inhabitants, The Voyage of Garbhglas (excerpt) is a work performed at The Irish Hunger Memorial exploring themes of exposure, isolation, and emigration from the perspective of ancient folk memory.  The work is set to original music by Gregory Spears, and the costumes are designed by Carol Binion and Christopher Williams.

Featuring Ursula Eagly, Kira Blazek, Caitlin Scranton, Michael Ingle, Sydney Skybetter, Moses Kaplan, and Andrew Smith.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Sitelines Festival, 2010
Irish Hunger Memorial

290 Vesey Street/North End Avenue
New York, NY 10285

August 2nd-5th, 2010 at 12:30pm
Free and open to the public!

For more information:
http://rivertorivernyc.com/



Hen′s Teeth (premiere)

Incorporating imagery of the mysterious flying women found in a Breton fairytale preserved by 19th century folklorist François-Marie Luzel, the Graeae, or three swan-like crones of ancient Greek myth who share only one eye and one tooth between them, and that associated with the display of holy relics in the middle ages, Hen’s Teeth is a work for three middle-aged women, six younger women, and one man set to to original music by Gregory Spears in the form of a requiem mass sung in Breton, Latin, and French by members of Lionheart and Anonymous 4. The costume design is by Andy Jordan, with additional elements by Christopher Williams and Carol Binion.

Featuring Jennifer Lafferty, Storme Sundberg, Hope Davis, Ursula Eagly, Emily Stone, Kira Blazek, Grazia Della Terza, Alison Granucci, Joan Arnold, and Adam H. Weinert. 

June 3rd-5th, 2010 at 8pm and June 6th, 2010 at 3pm
Dance New Amsterdam

280 Broadway, 2nd floor (entrance at Chambers Street)
Tickets $12
www.dnadance.org



Gobbledygook (an excerpt from Twaddle Tales)

Inspired by the curiously anthropophagous ramanga or "blue bloods" of Madagascar, the gaki or “hungry ghosts" of Buddhist mythology, and the Japanese folktale Jugemu (made famous by the Rakugo performance tradition and later echoed in the popular 1968 children’s book Tikki tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel), Gobbledygook is a dance for Japanese dancer Eikazu Nakamura (with appearances of dancer Adam H. Weinert) incarnating an imaginary version of the Buddhist segaki ritual concerned with personal atonement and easing the suffering of the wandering dead. The work is set to a sound-score by David Griffin and the costume design is by Carol Binion with additional elements by Andy Jordan and Christopher Williams.

June 3rd-5th, 2010 at 8pm and June 6th, 2010 at 3pm
Dance New Amsterdam

280 Broadway, 2nd floor (entrance at Chambers Street)
Tickets $12
www.dnadance.org



Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival Gallery

Puppets from The Golden Legend will be on display as part of the Voice 4 Vision Festival curated by Jane Catherine Shaw and Sarah Provost.  The gallery will also feature pupets by Lake Simons, Federico Restrepo, Howie Leifer, Anna Sobel, Sinking Ship, Eric Wright, Gary Mirabelle, Caitlin Lainoff, Judy Schwartz, Paul Spirito, and Jane Catherine Shaw.

Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival

December 3rd-December 13th, 2009
Theater For the New City
155 1st Avenue

Tickets $15/$8 per show
(212) 254-1109



The Portuguese Suite (excerpts)

Dancers Christopher Williams, Paul Singh, and Jennifer Lafferty perform excerpts from The Portuguese Suite set to traditional Portuguese fado songs recorded by the legendary Amália Rodrigues in Dance New Amsterdam′s 25th Anniversary Gala evening.

 DNA 25th Anniversary Gala!

 

October 24th, 2009, 8pm
Dance New Amsterdam

280 Broadway, 2nd floor (entrance at Chambers Street)

Tickets: $25

Purchase tickets here



The Golden Legend (world premiere)

A 13th century work by the blessed Jacobus de Voragine known as the Legenda Aurea Sanctorum (or Golden Legend of the Saints), which was probably the most widely read text other than the bible during its heyday, serves as inspiration for this epic work. Loosely following fantastical tales mentioned in the ancient text, the piece consists of portraits of 17 male saints performed by corporeally and ethnically diverse male dancers of many ages within the New York City dance community accompanied by appearances of two movement choruses and puppets by Eric Wright, Lake Simons, and Christopher Williams. Music for the work runs the gamut from extant medieval hymns, antiphons, laude, motets, and conductus from as early as the 12th century, written in praise of each saint, to original compositions by distinguished composers Gregory Spears and Peter Kirn performed live by select members of Lionheart, Anonymous 4, and the New York Consort of Viols. Costumes for the work are by Carol Binion, Michael Oberle, Ciera Wells, Andy Jordan, and Christopher Williams.  The lighting design is by Joe Levasseur, and the set is by Tom Lee.

Featuring David Parker, Paul Singh, Luke Gutgsell, Dušan Perović, John Kelly, Jonah Bokaer, Julian Barnett, Glen Rumsey, Dylan Crossman, Rommel Salveron, Keith Sabado, Nicky Paraiso, Chris Elam, Aaron Mattocks, Luke Miller, Stuart Singer, Reid Bartelme, Chris M. Green, Charley Scott, Gus Solomons, Jr., Carlton Ward, Alberto Denis, David Neumann, Brian Brooks, Philip Montana, Bryan Campbell, Sydney Skybetter, Clay Drinko, Arturo Vidich, Brandin Steffensen, Sarah Bodley, Jennifer Lafferty, Renée Archibald, Abby Block, Storme Sundberg, Coco Karol, Erin K. Orr, Takemi Kitamura, Kate Brehm, and Lake Simons.

Dance Theater Workshop
219 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011

May 12th-16th, 2009, 7:30pm*

*Post performance discussion with the choreographer moderated by Dan Hurlin on 5/13 and pre-performance coffee and conversation on 5/14 at 6:30pm with Nancy Dalva.

Tickets $26/$15 (members, students, and seniors)

Reservations: (212) 924-0077 or online at www.dtw.org

Visit www.dancetheaterworkshop.org/williams for more information.



The Golden Legend (informal showing/lecture demonstration)

Sarah Lawrence College
Dance Meeting

March 9th, 2009, 3:45pm

Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708



Pink Empowerment

Dancer Renée Archibald performs an excerpt from Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins at the Wellness Day, Dance Concert and Artist Health Fair presented by Move for Breast Cancer Awareness (MBCA)

February 8th, 2009 at 2pm
Dance New Amsterdam

280 Broadway, 2nd floor (entrance at Chambers Street)

The Dance Concert features works by:

Monica Bill Barnes & Dancers
Alexandra Beller/Dances
David Parker & the Bang Group
Laura Peterson Choreography
Urban Bush Women
Christopher Williams
Ellis Wood Dance

FREE ADMISSION

Wellness Day FREE ADMISSION 9:00am-12:00pm
Drop by Lower Manhattan for FREE classes and workshops including meditation techniques, rehabilitative yoga, and information on FREE or discounted Health Services.
In anticipation of a full house given the FREE admission to our 2pm concert, we will be offering 20 confirmed reservations on a first come first served basis to Wellness Day participants.

Reception & Services Fair FREE ADMISSION 3:30pm-5:00pm
Please join us after the performance for wine cheese and more! Our partnering organizations will be present with staff and materials to share with you available health services and resources to the dance community.
Partners include: Dance/NYC, [QuA²D], Fractured Atlas, The Dancer′s Resource, and the
Harkness Center for Dance Injuries.

Move for Breast Cancer Awareness (MBCA)is a project of the Queens Academy of Arts & Dance [QuA²D]

www.pinkempowerment.org
www.quaad.org



The Voyage of the Húi Corra (excerpts)

Dancers Sydney Skybetter, Bryan Campbell, Benjamin Asriel, and Philip Montana perform excerpts from The Voyage of the Húi Corra, a work inspired by fabulous 6th and 7th century Irish adventure tales known as Immrama (“rowings about” or "voyaging") set to excerpts of the earliest complete polyphonic mass that has come down to us from the 14th century known as Le Messe de Tournai. 

Artist Advisory Board APAP Showcase
(featuring the work of Jonah Bokaer, Christopher Williams, Heidi Latsky, Jeanine Durning, Wally Cardona, Nami Yamamoto, Miguel Gutierrez, and David Dorfman)

January 10th, 2009 at 2pm*
*We are second on the program.

 Danspace Project
131 East 10th Street, New York, NY 10003

Reservations can be made at www.danspaceproject.org or by calling the reservation hotline (212) 674-8194.



The Golden Legend (excerpts)

Sketches for two new saint portraits (work-in-progress) including performances by dancers Stuart Singer, Brandin Steffensen, Arturo Vidich, and Paul Singh will be shown as part of a shared program also featuring Ximena Garnica, Elise Knudson, and Sônia Lopes Soares.

Dixon Place
Crossing Boundaries Series

December 5th, 2008, 10:00pm

Dixon Place (new location)
161 Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002

Info: (212) 219-0736



The Portuguese Suite (excerpts)

Dancers Christopher Williams, Paul Singh, and Jennifer Lafferty perform excerpts from The Portuguese Suite set to traditional Portuguese fado songs recorded by the legendary Amália Rodrigues in the third annual White Wave Rising Series.

White Wave Rising Series

October 22nd (gala performance), 23rd, and 25th, 2008 at 7:30pm, October 26th, 2008 at 4:00pm

John Ryan Theater
25 Jay Street, DUMBO Brooklyn

Tickets and Info: (718) 855-8822



The Golden Legend (excerpt)

Sketches for a brand new saint portrait (in-progress) including performances by dancer Paul Singh as well as by dancers selected at Bates Dance Festival will be shown as part of the festival's culmination.

Bates Dance Festival

Different Voices
International Visiting Artists and Emerging Choreographers Showcase

August 7th-8th, 2008, 8pm

Schaeffer Theatre
305 College Street
Lewiston, Maine

Tickets $20/$12*



Trapèze (or the misadventure of the sorcerer's menagerie)

This work represents my take on the obscure, one-act circus ballet, Trapèze by Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953) scored for a quintet featuring violin, viola, double bass, clarinet, and oboe. The premiere of this new version for six dancers with costumes by Carol Binion in the legendary Spiegeltent will be its second staging since the 1920's. The evening will also include new music by composer Gregory Spears.

19th Annual Bard Music Festival and Bard SummerScape
"Prokofiev and his world"

July 18th and 19th, 2008, at 8:30pm
July 19th and 20th, 2008, at 3:30pm

in the Spiegeltent at Bard College

$25, $15 (matinees), $5 (children)

Ticket information: (845) 758-7900 or http://www.fishercenter.bard.edu/calendar/

Travel information: http://www.fishercenter.bard.edu/travel/



The Portuguese Suite (excerpt)

Christopher Williams performs his solo from The Portuguese Suite entitled ginja sem caroço (sour cherry with no stone) set to a traditional Portuguese fado song recorded by the legendary Amália Rodrigues in Dancing for Micki, a showcase of various choreographers' works including Meredith Monk, Tom Bogdan, Mark Bennett, HT Chen & Dian Dong, Yoshiko Chuma, Keely Garfield & Lawrence Goldhuber, John Jasperse, Deborah Jowitt, Jodi Melnick, Sara Rudner, Nicky Paraiso, John Scott, Doug Elkins, Ping Chong, Vicky Shick, Chris Yon & Taryn Griggs, Jonah Bokaer, and John Kelly. The evening, honoring the illustrious Micki Wesson, will benefit the La Mama Moves Festival.

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008 at 7:30pm

La Mama E.T.C. Annex
74 East 4th Street

Box Office: (212) 475-7710



The Golden Legend (excerpt)

Dancer Charley Scott appears with a chorus of puppets by Christopher Williams, Eric Wright, and Lake Simons in a further developed portrait of Saint Francis of Assisi including live music performed by Laurence Pangaro and members of the men's ensemble Lionheart as part of the Movement Research at Judson Church series. Costumes by Christopher Williams and Ciera Courtney Wells. Set by Tom Lee.

Monday, May 12th, 2008 at 8pm (doors open at 7:45pm)

Judson Memorial Church (55 Washington Square South)

Admission is free!



The Voyage of the Húi Corra

Ultimately part of a cycle of works inspired by fabulous 6th and 7th century Irish adventure tales known as Immrama (“rowings about” or "voyaging") in which saints, heroes, or troubled men are often set adrift in boats with no oars and encounter strange, uncharted magical lands with curious inhabitants, The Voyage of the Húi Corra is a work for five men and a chorus of twelve women set to excerpts of the earliest complete polyphonic mass that has come down to us from the 14th century known as Le Messe de Tournai.

Premiere performances of the work with costumes by Ciera Courtney Wells and Carol Binion will be danced by members of NYU's Second Avenue Dance Company.

New York University, Tisch School of the Arts Department of Dance
111 Second Avenue
(Fifth Floor Theater)

April 2nd-7th, 2008 at 8pm
Free Admission

For information, please call 212.998.1982.



The Golden Legend (excerpts)

Sketches for two brand new saint portraits (in-progress) including performances by dancers Silas Riener and Luke Miller as well as male chorus with original music by composers Gregory Spears and Peter Kirn featuring a live viola da gamba quartet will be shown as part of the Movement Research at Judson Church series.

Monday, January 28th, 2008 at 8pm (doors open at 7:45pm)

Judson Memorial Church (55 Washington Square South)

Admission is free!



Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival Gallery

Puppets from my work in progress The Golden Legend will be on display in the lobby as part of the Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival curated by Cathy Shaw and Sarah Provost. Performances on various nights by puppeteers Chris Green, Lisa Gonzales, Erin Orr, Chinese Theater Works, Carrionettes, Joe Silovsky, and others.

Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival

November 29th-December 9th, 2007
Theater For the New City
155 1st Avenue

Tickets $15/$8 per show
(212) 254-1109



The Voyage of the Húi Corra (preview)

Ultimately part of a cycle of works inspired by fabulous 6th and 7th century Irish adventure tales known as Immrama (“rowings about” or "voyaging") in which saints, heroes, or troubled men are often set adrift in boats with no oars and encounter strange, uncharted magical lands with curious inhabitants, The Voyage of the Húi Corra is a work for five men and a chorus of twelve women set to excerpts of the earliest complete polyphonic mass that has come down to us from the 14th century known as Le Messe de Tournai.

Previews of this newly commissioned work with work-in-progress costumes by Ciera Courtney Wells and Carol Binion will be performed by dancers of NYU's Second Avenue Dance Company.

New York University, Tisch School of the Arts Department of Dance
111 Second Avenue
(Fifth Floor Theater)

December 6th-8th, 2007 at 8pm
Free Admission

For reservations and information, please call 212.998.1982.

 



The Portuguese Suite

Wellspring/Cori Terri & Dancers present The Portuguese Suite

The Portuguese Suite, is composed of nine dances all constructed in relation to both medieval love spells involving a particular herb or fruit considered by early herbalists to possess magical properties and a traditional Portuguese fado song recorded by the legendary Portuguese singer Amália Rodrigues. It is said that this particular style of singing known as fado or “fate” was born from the half singing, half weeping laments of the wives of sailors who set sail and left them alone on the mainland for long periods of time. These dances, for two ethnically diverse men and a chorus of seven carpideiras or "weeping women," explore the broad emotional range from ecstatic to dolorous and from tender to dangerous within inter-cultural relationships between male lovers.

Epic Center's Wellspring Theater
359 S. Kalamazoo Mall
Suite 204
Kalamazoo, Michigan
49007

October 18th-20th, 2007 at 8pm

(for Tickets call the Community Box Office at 269/387-2300 or 800/228-9858)



Asshole

I will present a new, one-minute work entitled Asshole in the Vox Novus 60 x 60 Festival, consisting of dances to 60 works by 60 composers all 60 seconds or less.

Vox Novus 60 x 60 Festival

August 26th, 12:30pm
Jan Hus Presbyterian Church & Neighborhood House
351 East 74th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)

http://www.voxnovus.com/60x60.htm



Virgo Genitrix (excerpts)

Dancer Tara Lorenzen performs excerpted solos from the larger work Virgo Genitrix (2003), set to 14th century composer Guillaume de Machaut's opus Le Lai de la Fontienne, inspired by the curious phenomena of desert asceticism, mortification of the flesh, holy fasting, sexual abstinence, daemonology, as well as the concepts of the transformation of the harlot to saint, and the noble savage as linked to prelapsarian innocence from a feminine perspective.

 

Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 8pm

Dixon Place HOT! Festival

the 16th annual celebration of queer culture

Puppet Blok
featuring; Christopher Williams, Gabrielle Cryan & Special Guests...
$12, $10 Stu/Sen
212-219-0736 or www.dixonplace.org (for advance tickets or reservations)



The Golden Legend (excerpts)

Three saints (Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint James the Greater, and Saint Pancras) complete this program interwoven with solos from the 70's-90's by renowned choreographer Douglas Dunn.

Performances by Charley Scott, Nicky Paraiso, Keith Sabado, Rommel Salveron, Aaron Mattocks, and special guests are complemented by singers Michael Ryan-Wenger, John Olund, and Kurt-Owen Richards from Lionheart along with accompaniment by Laurence Pangaro and Malina Rauschenfels on viol da gamba.  Original music by Gregory Spears.


May 11 - 13, 2007
Friday & Saturday at 10pm
Sunday at 5:30pm


as part of La Mama moves - inventors
Christopher Williams & Douglas Dunn
in the Second Annual Contemporary Dance Festival at

La Mama E.T.C. (Club Space)

74A East 4th St. NY, NY 10003
Phone 212.475.7710
Tickets $15



The Tale of Layla and Majnun (excerpt)

This is the first tidbit of a new work inspired by a 12th century Persian poem of the same name by mystic poet Nizami with dancers Derry Swan, Jennifer Goggans, Jennifer Lafferty, Christopher Williams, and Ursula Eagly.
Created in collaboration with composer Bob Een, this excerpt will include live music with the voices of Susan Hellauer & Robert Een, Bill Ruyle on Hammered Dulcimer, Robert Een on cello, and Hearn Gadbois on percussion.  Costumes are by Christopher Williams and Yukie Okuyama.


April 28, 2007, 7:00 PM (we appear roughly around 8pm)

as part of the Dance Sampler at

Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York, NY 10025
phone 212.864.5400
tickets: $15