to continue bringing professional learning opportunities to the festival. This summer, BDF will host Christopher K. Morgan & Artists for two full weeks of dance-making, technique classes and performances. CKM&A will work very closely with our students, especially the Professional Development Program. The residency will be lead by the company's assistant director and company dancer, Tiffanie Carson. Plus, we'll have a visit by company director Christopher K. Morgan himself during the first week.
More about CKM&A:
Named Washington DC’s Best Dance Company in the 2015 CityPaper Reader’s Poll, Christopher K. Morgan & Artists (CKM&A) is a professional contemporary dance company founded as a vehicle for Morgan’s choreographic exploration of social and cultural issues. The company provides a creative outlet for its artists through virtuosic and expressive dance performances that give audiences an opportunity for self-reflection. CKM&A works to demystify contemporary dance through community dialogue and online video content. CKM&A also provides professional and pre-professional opportunities through educational intensives, workshops and university residencies, as well as peer-to-peer artist facilitation and commissioning the work of other choreographers. CKM&A is committed to art that creates a resonance that runs deep into our shared human experience; to create a body of work that stirs audiences and enriches their lives with beauty, and to create ever expanding opportunities for audiences, students and artists to engage in this work. www.christopherkmorgan.com
More about Tiffanie Carson:
Tiffanie Carson (Assistant Director, Company Dancer) is in her sixth season with CKM&A, and has been the company’s Assistant Director since January 2014. Originally from southern California, Tiffanie earned her MFA in Dance from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and completed her BFA in Dance Performance at Chapman University. Tiffanie is currently Assistant Professor of Dance at the Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University, specializing in contemporary & commercial jazz dance. As choreographer for the Shenandoah Conservatory Dance Ensemble, Tiffanie has presented works at the 2016 New York Jazz Choreography Dance Project in NYC, the 2016 Annual VelocityDC Dance Festival at Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, DC, the 34th Annual Choreographers’ Showcase at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in Maryland, and the 2017 Pushing Progress Series in NYC. As Assistant Director and Dancer for CKM&A she has performed at the Millennium Stage at Kennedy Center, Sidney Harman Hall, The Alden Theatre in McLean, VA as well as American Dance Institute in Rockville, MD. In CKM&A’s 5th Anniversary Concert, Tiffanie was described as having “achieved a choreographic homerun” with her 2014 work Deprivation. In Mr. Morgan's work Selling Out, Tiffanie was described as a “very talented dancer”, who was “absolutely ripping the solo to shreds” (isitmoderndance.wordpress.com, criticaldance.org). As an educator, she has conducted CKM&A's annual winter and summer intensives as well as numerous residencies at regional universities, with Artistic Director, Christopher K. Morgan. Tiffanie has also traveled with the company to France to conduct an intensive at the Ècole Superieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower. Tiffanie has been a dance educator for the past 14 years traveling nationally and internationally, having been welcomed as a guest artist and master teacher in California, Hawaii, Missouri, and Taiwan.
More about Christopher K. Morgan:
Christopher K. Morgan (Artistic & Executive Director) in addition to directing CKM&A, Christopher is the Dance Artist in Residence at the University of Maryland, and Director of Dance Omi, an annual collaborative residency for international choreographers in New York. Born in Orange County, California, Christopher’s Native Hawaiian ancestry and a diverse, international dance career that moved him to San Diego, Munich, Washington DC, New York, Dublin and London, all influence his choreography. Said to be "direct, transcendent and entrancing" by The Washington Post, his choreography has been presented in 18 countries on 5 continents, addressing issues including sexuality, gender identity, race, climate change, and water conservation. Christopher founded CKM&A in 2011; the same year Dance Magazine profiled him as one of six breakout choreographers in the United States. Christopher’s 2010 work +1/-1 won the Dance Metro DC Award for Outstanding New Work that year. Performing career highlights include the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Malashock Dance & Company, the Washington National, Houston Grand, and New York City Operas, the original Olivier nominated cast of Fabulous Beast Dance Theater’s Giselle, the original cast of David Gordon’s Bessie Award Winning Production FAMILY$DEATH@ART.COMedy and the original cast of David Gordon’s NEA Masterpiece Dancing Henry V. Television and film credits include a PBS Great Performance with Placido Domingo, and dancing with Kate Winslet and Christopher Walken in John Turturro’s film Romance & Cigarettes. Christopher has served on panels for the NEA, Maryland State Arts Council and McKnight Foundation among many others. Recent awards include 2013 Native Arts & Cultures Foundation Fellowship, 2014 NPN Creation Fund Award, 2014 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, 2014 NEFA National Dance Project (NDP) Production Grant, and the 2015 Montgomery County Executive’s Outstanding Artist Award.
Help SUPPORT the 2017 Artist In Residence Initiative:
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