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Paese: USA

The American born dance artist Christopher Roman began his formal training and danced as an apprentice 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 Villellaʼs 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.

Christopher was co-founder, choreographer and performer for the company »2+« with former Wooster Group video designer Philip Bussmann and has created works with »2+« and independently for The Russian Ballet Theatre, The Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Festival de Danse in Cannes, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Cadance Festival Holland, Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Skulpturenpark in Graz and others. William Forsytheʼs Bessie Award winning »You Made Me a Monster« was created with Mr. Roman and he is the 2009 recipient of Germanyʼs highest theater honor »Der Faust«, for best dance performance in The Forsythe Companyʼs »I don’t believe in outer space«. He is also featured in the Thierry De Mey film of Forsytheʼs 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 has also been 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.

He 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 Charmatzʼs 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 Sadlerʼs Wells for Sylvie Guillem and Nicolas LeRiche and has re-staged Forsytheʼs 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 companyʼs daily operations and the rehearsals and performances of the companyʼs 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.