Native Intelligence/Innate Intelligence

Native Intelligence / Innate Intelligence is a dance performance incorporating contemporary dance, hula, Hawaiian chant, and original live music. Native Intelligence asks how Morgan  maintains his root cultural identity when he has separated from ancestral land. Innate Intelligence examines the human instinct to connect to one another.  The interwoven ideas create a comprehensive picture of the complexities contemporary Native people navigate and move fluidly between, and invites audiences to reflect on their own identity, perception of Native people, and instinct.


Collaborators include kumu hula Patrick Makuakane, Cherokee visual artist / set designer Brenda Mallory, electric cellist Wytold and a cast of dancers that Morgan has been working with for several years. 

The work is co-commissioned by Dance Place (Washington, DC), the Maui Arts and Cultural Center (Kahului, HI), Pa’i Foundation (Honolulu, HI). The work is the recipient of a National Performance Network Development and Creation Fund, a NEFA National Dance Project Production Award (Tour subsidies available beginning January 2020, and is eligible for additional tour subsidies through the Western Arts Alliance’s Advancing Indigenous Performance (AIP) Touring Fund. It has received development support from the National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron, Bethany Arts Community, and the Emerging Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) in Troy, New York. 

This work will premiere in the 2019-2020 season and will be available for touring in 2020. 

Native Intelligence/Innate Intelligence was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National
Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew
W. Mellon Foundation.

Native Intelligence/Innate Intelligence is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Maui Arts & Cultural Center and PA'I Foundation in partnership with Dance Place and NPN. For more information:

The creation of Native Intelligence/Innate Intelligence is made possible with funding support from the Western Arts Alliance's Native Launchpad Program.


  © 2019 Christopher K. Morgan & Artists / Photos by Brianne Bland, Sareen Hairabedian, Mark Hoelscher, Jonathan Hsu, N Link Photography