Christopher K. Morgan & Artists

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Named Washington D.C.’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 identity, 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 a resident company of Dance Place in
Washington, D.C. 

Christopher K. Morgan is the Artistic & Executive Director of contemporary dance company Christopher K. Morgan & Artists (CKM&A). Born in Orange County, CA, Christopher’s Native Hawaiian ancestry and a diverse, international dance career influence his work as a choreographer, educator, facilitator, curator and performer. Said to be "transcendent and entrancing" by The Washington Post, his choreography has been presented in 18 countries on 5 continents. He founded CKM&A in 2011; the same year Dance Magazine profiled him as 1 of 6 breakout choreographers in the US. Recent awards include a 2013 Native Arts & Cultures Foundation Fellowship, 2014 NPN Creation Fund, 2014 NEFA National Dance Project Production Grant, 2015 Montgomery County Executive’s Outstanding Artist Award and 2017 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award.

Christopher’s performing career has been expansive, dancing for Liz Lerman, John Malashock, the Washington National, Houston Grand, and New York City Operas, among many others. He was in the original Olivier nominated cast of Michael Keegan Dolan’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 on film dancing with Kate Winslet and Christopher Walken in John Turturro’s film Romance & Cigarettes.

In demand as a speaker, panelist and grants reviewer for his informed and balanced perspective, Christopher has been involved in national and international discussions on cultural appropriation and equity. He is the Executive Artistic Director of Dance Place in Washington, DC, where he oversees the curation of over 40 weekends of performances by national and international choreographers annually, a school for youth and adults, youth enrichment programs and continues Dance Place’s leadership in creative placemaking. Christopher also directs Art Omi: Dance, an annual collaborative residency for international choreographers in New York, and has taught as guest or full time faculty member at dozens of institutions of higher learning. He and his husband, opera director Kyle Lang, reside in North Bethesda, Maryland.