founder of I-DANCE
Artist Christopher Roman began his experience at the age of 9 on stage in theatre and musical theatre and forged his relationship with dance on the streets, break dancing, popping and locking. He started his formal dance training at the age of 14 in Wilmington, DE and moved to Cleveland at the age of 16 to study with Nicole Sowinska, Daniel Job and William Griffith at the School of Cleveland Ballet, joining the company there as an apprentice under the directorship of Dennis Nahat the following year. He moved to New York soon after to continue his studies on full scholarship at the School of American Ballet at Juilliard, official school of the New York City Ballet, as well as open himself up to the dance world of New York City in it's entirety, studying with everyone from Willy Burmann to Mia Michaels, Maggie Black to Michael Owens, David Howard to Suzie Taylor, Frank Hatchet to Joe Lanteri and Chet Walker as well as studying at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. For the past 12 years he has been a principal dancer and collaborator with the Frankfurt Ballet and The Forsythe Company in Germany under the direction of William Forsythe. He has also been a full company member and a soloist and principal with the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, The Miami City Ballet with Edward Vilella, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, the Pennsylvania Ballet in Philadelphia and was a guest artist with Complexions Contemporary Ballet in New York City and Sasha Waltz and Guests in Berlin. Through these affiliations he has had the great honor to perform on just about every major stage and theatrical venue in North, Central and South America, Europe and Asia and perform the choreography of every major and up and coming choreographer to date.
Christopher has co-directed his own company with former Wooster Group video designer Philip Bußmann called 2+ and has choreographed pieces as 2+ and independently for The Russian Ballet Theatre, The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Festival de Danse in Cannes, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, Kuenstlerhaus Mousonturm, Cadance Festival Holland, Skulpturenpark in Graz and others.
As a freelancer and guest artist, he has performed in many galas and installations worldwide, most notably You made me a monster, a performance installation made in collaboration with William Forsythe which premiered at the Venice Bienale in 2005 and won the 2007 Bessie Award for Best Installation and New Media for it's New York premiere at the Baryshnikov Arts Center and was performed at every major dance festival worldwide. 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 and also in Philip Bußmann's Video /Bilder and Detail for Kunstfoyer Gallus Theater and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm respectively.
He has worked as a teacher and ballet master staging the works of William Forsythe and improvisational technologies with such companies and institutions as the Lyon Opera Ballet; Staatsballett München; The Finnish National Ballet; La Scala Opera Ballet; Universal Ballet, Seoul; Boston Ballet; Oregon Ballet Theater in Portland; D.A.N.C.E. in Brussels; The Goethe Institute; guest teacher for NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Butler University, Juilliard and the dance department at Ohio State University for the groundbreaking "Synchronous Objects" project and was featured in the Thierry De Mey film of the piece on which it is based, One Flat Thing, reproduced. The award winning Synchronous Objects became the inaugural score for Motion Bank, an organization founded by William Forsythe in pursuit of examining and archiving choreographic process. In 2010, Mr. Roman became the Score Manager and Educational Coordinator of Motion Bank in collaboration with Scott deLahunta.
Christopher is also a ballet, hip-hop and jazz teacher and has taught for various institutions including the Miami Magnet Program, professional ballet companies and various dance schools and academies worldwide. Christopher is a certified Dynamic Yoga teacher studying under the guidance of Godfrey Devereux. He is an alum of the Atlantic Acting School in New York City and was recently awarded The Faust Theater Prize, Germany's highest theater honor, as best performer in William Forsythe's 'I don't believe in outer space'. He is a teacher and co-founder of Movement Progressive in collaboration with former dancer and teacher Steffi Arndt and sports scientist Patrick Rump with the goal to bring awareness, understanding and support to the dancer's physicality and artistry and host's workshops throughout Europe to that end. He is currently the choreographic assistant to William Forsythe for his new work produced by Sadler's Wells for Sylvie Guillem and Nicolas Le Riche called Rearray.
In 2011 Christopher assumed the role of European Study Curator for the Hollins University Dance Department's MFA Program. Last year's curation included workshops and lectures from William Forsythe, Jonathan Burroughs, Michael Keegan-Dolan, Thomas Mcmanus, Florian Jennet, Scott deLahunta and Roman himself among others. In 2012 and 2013 he will also be guest faculty and choreographer with Butler University; Juilliard; Hollins University; The Goethe Institute China, Japan and Turkey; Steps NYC; Peridance, NYC; NYU Tisch School of the Arts; Princeton University with Susan Marshall; Metamorphosis pre-MFA dance program in Beijing; Panorama Sur in Buenos Aires and Santiago, Chile; Dance Arts Faculty in Rome as well as guest faculty and choreographer in residence at Harvard University's Office of the Arts. He will also appear in the lead role of Horst in the English Theater's Production of Bent, perform at Festival Luminal in Chris Ziegler's installation Corpus Pygmalon and participate as a selected artist in Deborah Hay's Solo Performance Commissioning Project for the work 'Dynamic' and will be guest choreographer for the Carbon Dance Company in Philadelphia, and for the iDance initiative in Lima, Peru which is a choreographic exchange with American nations for underprivileged communities.