American born artist Christopher Roman began his formal training with The School of Cleveland Ballet continuing 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 in Montreal, The Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballett Frankfurt and The Forsythe Company performing a huge array of important choreographic works, originating over forty roles and touring every major venue worldwide.
He has been a guest artist with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Sasha Waltz and Guests in Berlin and the Gala of International Dance Stars.
William Forsythe’s Bessie Award winning „You Made Me a Monster“ was created with Christopher 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“.
Christopher Roman was one of the artists selected to be part of the Solo Performance Commissioning Project with Deborah Hay for her work „Dynamic“ and was one of the twenty artists selected to perform in Boris Charmatz’s curation of „20 Dancers for the XX Century“ at MoMA. He is a choreographic assistant to William Forsythe most recently for the original work „Rearray“ at Sadler’s Wells for Sylvie Guillem and Nicolas LeRiche and has re-staged Forsythe work on the San Francisco Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, La Scala Opera Ballet, Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, Lyon Opera Ballet, The Paris Opera Ballet, The Juilliard School, and Staatstheater Gärtnerplatz among others.
He is on the Board of Trustees for the Forsythe Foundation and Director of Dance for the ALTANA Cultural Foundation.
As of September 2013, Christopher assumed the role of Associate Artistic Director of The Forsythe Company, responsible for the company’s daily operations and the rehearsals and performances of the company’s repertoire. In November 2015 he will assume the position of Artistic Director of the DANCE ON ENSEMBLE as well as dance as a core member of the Berlin based company for dancers over 40.
Professional and Choreographic Work
2015 Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Guest Choreographer; Stager „One Flat Thing, reproduced“
2014 Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Guest Choreographer „Minute Made“
2013 MoMA, „Three Collective Gestures: 20 dancers for the XX Century“, Participating Artist
2012 Solo Performance Commissioning Project with Deborah Hay, Selected Participating Artist for the work „Dynamic“
2005–10 The Forsythe Company, Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer, William Forsythe, Principal Artist, Choreographer, Contributing works: „Three Atmospheric Studies“, „Heterotopia“, „You made me a monster“, „Angoloscura“, „The Defenders“, „Rong“, „Yes we can’t“, „Human Writes“, „Five Fold“, „Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time“, „I don’t believe in outer space“
2005–08 „2+“, Co-Founder, Choreographer and Performer with The Wooster Group Video Designer Philip Bussmann, Works and Installations include: „Nach dem Palast ist vor dem Palast“, Volkspalast, Berlin; „Druck“, Tanzkongress, Berlin; „Persona“, Festival de Danse, Cannes and Kuenstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt am Main; „Detail“, Kuenstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt am Main; „Video/Bilder“, Gallus Kunstfoyer, Frankfurt am Main
2005–06 Sasha Waltz and Guests, Artistic Director, Sasha Waltz, Principal Guest Artist
1999–05 Ballett Frankfurt, Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer, William Forsythe, Principal Artist
1998–99 Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Artistic Directors, Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, Principal Guest Artist
1997–99 Pennsylvania Ballet, Artistic Director, Roy Kaiser, Soloist and Principal Dancer
1995–96 Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, Artistic Director, Lawrence Rhodes, Soloist Dancer
1992–95 Miami City Ballet, Artistic Director, Edward Villella, Principal Dancer
1990–92 Pacific Northwest Ballet, Co-Artistic Directors, Francia Russell and Kent Stowell, Corps de Ballet
1988–89 Cleveland/San Jose Ballet, Artistic Director, Dennis Nahat, Apprentice
Christopher has also been the subject of many fine art installations including Peter Welz’s „It’s too fucking loud, it’s too fucking fast“ and „figure inscribing a circle“ with exhibitions at the Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen; the Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; Kiasiama Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; NEXT, Art Chicago, Chicago, USA; Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderne, Rome as well as in Philip Bußmann’s „Video/Bilder“ and „Detail“ for Kunstfoyer Gallus Theater and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm respectively.
The film „im.promp.tu“, made in collaboration with Michael Slobodian and Gabriel Prokofiev, was chosen as official selection for the CINEDANS Festival in Amsterdam, FIFA in Montreal and the Leamington Underground Festival in London. Christopher is the choreographer and performer in the work. He is also featured in the Thierry De Mey film of Forsythe’s work „One Flat Thing, reproduced“.
As a ballet master, choreographic assistant and administrator Christopher has staged the works of William Forsythe internationally, been a teacher of classical ballet and 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 coordinator for the MFA European Studies at Hollins University now in affiliation with The Forsythe Company, Künstlerhaus Mouson Turm and The University of Music and Performing Arts, MA CoDe in Frankfurt. He is also the Head of Education and Development for The Forsythe Company.
Since 2011 Christopher has been guest and adjunct faculty and choreographer in residence for Butler University, The Juilliard School, Hollins University, Princeton University, Harvard University, Ohio State University, Palucca Schule in Dresden, The Goethe Institute worldwide, Steps NY, Peridance, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Movement Invention Project, Springboard Dance Montreal and Dance Arts Faculty in Rome.
Christopher Roman was twice named Dancer of the Year by the critics poll in tanz magazine’s yearbook:
Arnd Wesemann, Berlin, tanz magazine: “Christopher Roman’s concentrated experience in Dance On, the company where only experience counts.”
Irmela Kästner, Hamburg, independent critic: “Christopher Roman/Dance On in Man Made by Jan Martens and in 7 Dialogues by Matteo Fargion – a limitless spectrum of dance, playfulness and embodied thinking.”