2017 - 2018 Season
Pōhaku New York Tour
PS21 at Chatham Dance Festival, Chatham, NY
September 2 & 3, 2017
Join Christopher for continued touring of his solo Pōhaku, as the work is presented at the Annual Chatham Dance Festival, a month-long celebration of contemporary dance.
Inspired by Morgan’s late cousin, Kumu Hula (hula master) John Kaimikaua (1957-2006) Pōhaku premieres one decade after his cousin’s passing, and nearly as long since the piece was first conceived. Performing live with Morgan are Kumu Hula Elsie Kaleihulukea Ryder of Kaimikaua’s Hālau Hula o Kukunaokalā, and classically trained electric cellist Wytold. Collaborators also include projection designer Sareen Hairabedian, scenery by Kapa maker Dalani Tanahy, lighting and technical direction by Brian S. Allard, and rehearsal direction by Tiffanie Carson.
New Dance Festival
James Madison University
Forbes Center for the Performing Arts
September 8 & 9, 2017
CKM&A shares an evening of dance with JMU's award-winning dance faculty members Ryan Corrison, Cynthia Thompson, Kate Trammell and Suzanne Miller-Corso. will present a full produced preview of a new work by Assistant Director Tiffanie Carson, Christopher's acclaimed solo Rice, and a preview of a new work by Christopher.
Christopher will also be dancing a duet with Ryan Corriston (JMU faculty and formerly of Doug Varone & Dancers), choreographed by Adriane Fang (University of Maryland faculty and formerly of Doug Varone & Dancers).
ArtWorks for Freedom
Dance Place, Washington, D.C.
October 14 & 15, 2017
ArtWorks for Freedom raises awareness of human trafficking in Strong in the Broken Places, an evening of dance featuring award-winning artists Holly Bass, Christopher K. Morgan, Erica Rebollar and PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER.
Each artist crafts their unique perspective using the concept of kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramic, as a metaphor for the trauma, resilience and courage of trafficking survivors.
Pōhaku at 92nd St Y
92nd St Y
1395 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10182
Hālāwai, an organization dedicated to promoting the cultural values and future of Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, presents a show-case of performing artists and culture bearers.
Guest curated by John-Mario Sevilla and Hālāwai.
Pōhaku excerpts at the 92nd St Y performance in the NY/Pacific Time Dance Festival was made possible by support from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.
January 8 - 10, 2018
CKM&A is thrilled to move our educational initiatives to our new home at Dance Place. This is our fifth annual Winter Workshop. With three days of technique classes and repertoire, the Winter Workshop is a fantastic way to refresh your practice as a working professional or get back into your body after the holidays.
CKM&A's Season Performance
at Dance Place
March 24 at 8pm
March 25 at 7pm
CKM&A presents a wide ranging and powerful evening of mixed repertory. Opening the program will be Christopher’s solo Unpredictable Repeat Hesitation, which puts the audience in charge of the score – and of Morgan’s dancing!
The world premiere of Assistant Director Tiffanie Carson’sB.U.G. – [Backlight. Uplight. Glare.] is a play on the lighting rating system of the same name and a meditation on the symbolic resonance of attraction between light and dark. B.U.G. features an original score played live by electric cellist / composer Wytold.
Guest Choreographer Adriane Fang (University of Maryland faculty, formerly of Doug Varone & Dancers) has staged her powerhouse duet Conflict Resolution on Christopher and Guest Performer Alex Springer (also of Doug Varone & Dancers).
Closing the program will be Christopher’s 2014 work, Inconstancy, a look at relationships and how the grass is always greener on the other side. This funny and poignant work features an original score by violinist / composer David Schulman and was praised by the Washington Post as “a fast paced kinetic charge – that has emotional content, too.”
National Center for Choreography
University of Akron
April 8-14, 2018
CKM&A begins a week long dance lab residency hosted by Executive/Artistic director of NCCAkron, Christy Bolingbroke. During this residency, the company and creative collaborative team begin the research process for new work "Native Intelligence." Collaborators include electric cellist/composer Wytold, visual artist Brenda Mallory, kumu hula Patrick Makuakane, and Maui Arts presenter Colleen Furukawa. In addition to this residency, Executive Director Christopher and assistant Artistic Director Tiffanie
Carson are teaching master classes at the University of Akron's Dance Department.
Photo by Richard Finkelstein
LoKo Festival at SUNY Potsdam
The State University of New York at Potsdam
April 27, 2018
CKM&A brings a wide ranging and powerful evening of dances to the LOKO festival. The works feature Morgan's company of athletic, expressive dancers who embody his sinuous and precise movement vocabulary. Opening the program will be the 2014 duet Bruised, with an original score played live by cellist composer Wytold. Originally created on two male dancers from the Washington Ballet, these performances mark the first time Bruised will be performed by two women.
Also on the program, Morgan performing his solo Unpredictable Repeat Hesitation, which puts the audience in charge of the score – and of Morgan’s dancing!
Assistant Director Tiffanie Carson’s B.U.G. – [Backlight. Uplight. Glare.] is a play on the lighting rating system of the same name and a meditation on the symbolic resonance of attraction between light and dark. B.U.G. also features an original score played live by electric cellist / composer Wytold.
Closing the program will be Christopher’s work, Inconstancy, a look at relationships and how the grass is always greener on the other side. This funny and poignant work features an original score by violinist / composer David Schulman and was praised by the Washington Post as “a fast paced kinetic charge – that has emotional content, too.”
June 4-8, 10-13, 2018
Join us for our sixth annual CKM&A Summer Intensive that inspires, nurtures & challenges pre-professional & professional dancers. The intensive includes a rigorous schedule of modern, ballet, contemporary jazz, partnering and CKM&A repertory. A culminating performance and professional photoshoot with Mark Williams Hoelscher is included.