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Carving His Own Way

Hawaiian Choreographer Christopher Morgan takes some time out of busy schedule to speak to Ngoma about his process in creating work and what he’s currently working on in Washington.

As a choreographer what motivates you? I find that onstage and through movement I can express things that are difficult to say in other ways. There is nuance and subtlety in the moving body in performance that is both known and leaves space for multiple interpretations. This motivates me greatly. I’m always amazed at how strongly body language speaks to all people, everywhere, regardless of cultural or linguistic differences. This is where I think dance possesses endless potential. I am inspired to make dances that reflect the human experience and have meaning, so I usually find inspiration for specific pieces from personal experiences and things I observe around me. For example, my 2004 solo work The Measure of a Man – which I’ll be remounting in May for its 10-year anniversary – is about the ways the definition of being a man has evolved so much, so quickly in recent decades. That evolution makes it difficult to feel like one “measures up,” which is something anyone can relate to regardless of his or her gender. “ Interview continues on next page

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Ngoma Reader Magazine Mar/Apr 2014 Issue  

The Ngoma Reader (NR) is a Bi-Monthly online publication that gives literary voice to the minority dance artists of Washington, D.C. NR spea...

Ngoma Reader Magazine Mar/Apr 2014 Issue  

The Ngoma Reader (NR) is a Bi-Monthly online publication that gives literary voice to the minority dance artists of Washington, D.C. NR spea...

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