On March 22, Christopher K. Morgan & Artists (CKM&A) will visit Swarthmore to perform Pohaku, a solo dance featuring live music by Elsie Kaleihulukea Ryder of Halau Hula o Kukunaokala, and classically trained electric cellist Wytold.
The performance, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 8 p.m. in the Pearson-Hall Theatre at the Lang Performing Arts Center.
Pohaku, which translates to “stone” in Hawaiian, is a dance-theater piece bringing together storytelling, hula, modern dance, classical music, and projection design. The work is partly inspired by Morgan’s late cousin, a hula master, and incorporates Morgan’s own stories to reflect larger themes.
Morgan’s performance is supported by the President’s Office Andrew W. Mellon Grant, which supports initiatives that explore the power of the arts and humanities to engage the imagination and enable communication across different viewpoints, experiences, and perspectives. This is event is part of the College's "Unexpected Homeland" programming, which brings together students, faculty, guest artists, and staff members to create dialogue and performances that engage with one another’s understanding of homeland. Along with the Mellon Grant, the event is sponsored by Swarthmore’s Music and Dance Department.
A dancer, director, and choreographer, Morgan is the artistic and executive director of CKM&A, his resident professional dance company, and executive artistic director of Dance Place in Washington, D.C. He is also in demand as a speaker, panelist, and grants reviewer.
Prior to the event on March 21 at 2:40 p.m., there will be stone-gathering workshop to collect materials used in the performance. The workshop will meet in the lobby of the Lang Performing Arts Center.