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Christopher Roman

The Forsythe Company

Christopher Roman began his formal training and danced as an apprentice with The School of Cleveland Ballet continuing his training at The School of American Ballet in New York City. He was subsequently invited into the ranks of the Pacific Northwest Ballet and as a soloist and principal with Edward Villella's Miami City Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, The Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballett Frankfurt and The Forsythe Company, performing a prolific and diverse array of important choreographic works, originating over forty roles and touring extensively worldwide. He has been a guest artist with Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Sasha Waltz and Guests in Berlin. Christopher was co-founder, choreographer, and performer for the company 2+ with former Wooster Group video designer Philip Bussmann and has created work with 2+ and independently for The Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Festival de Danse in Cannes, Kuenstlerhaus Mousonturm, Cadance Festival Holland, Staatstheater Gärtnerplatz, Skulpturenpark in Graz and others. William Forsythe's Bessie Award-winning You Made Me a Monster was created with Mr. Roman and he is the 2009 recipient of Germany's highest theater honor Der Deutsche Theaterpreis DER FAUST for Best Performance: Dance in The Forsythe Company's, I don't believe in outer space. He is also featured in the Thierry De May film of Forsythe's work, One Flat Thing, reproduced.
As a ballet master, choreographic assistant, and administrator Christopher has staged and assisted the works of William Forsythe internationally, been a teacher of improvisational techniques, a research collaborator for the Ohio State University project Synchronous Objects, and the Score Manager and Education Coordinator for the Motion Bank initiative in association with The Forsythe Company. He is currently the curator and organizer for the MFA in Dance, European Study Program at Hollins University in affiliation with The Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company, Mousonturm, and The University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt. Since 2011 Christopher has been guest and adjunct faculty and choreographer in residence for Butler University, The Juilliard School, Hollins University, Princeton University, The Palucca Schule, Harvard University, The Goethe Institute worldwide, Steps NY, Peridance, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Springboard Dance Montreal and Dance Arts Faculty in Rome. Mr. Roman was one of the artists selected to be part of the final Solo Performance Commissioning Project with Deborah Hay for her work Dynamic and as one of the twenty artists to perform in Boris Charmatz’s curation of 20 Dancers for the XX Century at MoMA. He was the choreographic assistant to William Forsythe for the original work Rearray at Sadler's Wells for Sylvie Guillem and Nicolas LeRiche and for his newest creation for the Paris Opera Ballet entitled Blake Works I.
In September 2013, Christopher assumed the role of Associate Artistic Director of The Forsythe Company and is on the Board of Trustees for the Forsythe Foundation. In 2016, Christopher became the Artistic Director and dance artist with the DANCE ON Ensemble, a company for dancers over 40 based in Berlin. Together with the ensemble, he helped create 11 original works with Matteo Fargion, Rabih Mroué, William Forsythe, Kat Valastur, Deborah Hay, Ivo Dimchev, Johannes Wieland, and Jan Martens premiering and touring internationally and included a creation with director Ersan Mondtag and the Berliner Ensemble.
In 2018, he grounded the SALT co., a collective of renowned dancers creating work and programming with curiosity and integrity. He is currently working on a new evening with William Forsythe for Sadler’s Wells and a new work with Deborah Hay for Tanz im August, among others.

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