All students of Hollins' M.F.A. program in dance travel off site to dance centers throughout the world. In an effort to expand experiences beyond the campus setting, students will study, present their work in various settings, view concerts, and immerse themselves in specially designed "study tracks."
Specifically designed to promote exchange within a larger dance community and to better understand the internationalization of dance education, these residencies open pathways that will create lifelong relationships and opportunities.
The Forsythe Company studio space in Frankfurt, Germany
Students travel to dance centers throughout the world to study with members of the thriving international professional and academic community. Students experience mentored studio time and the facilitation of a program of creative work, and take part in discussions and readings. Past residencies have taken place in France, Austria, Belgium, and Germany.
Artist Christopher Roman started his formal dance training at the age of 14 in Wilmington, Del., 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. For the past 12 years he has been a principal dancer with the Forsythe Company in Germany, formerly known as the Frankfurt Ballet, under the direction of William Forsythe. He has been a full company member as a soloist and principal with the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, Miami City Ballet with Edward Vilella, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, and Pennsylvania Ballet in Philadelphia. He was a guest artist with Complexions Contemporary Ballet in New York City and Sasha Waltz and Guests in Berlin. Roman has codirected his own company, 2+, with former Wooster Group video designer Philip Bußmann and has choreographed pieces for the Russian Ballet Theatre, Pennsylvania Ballet, 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 in collaboration with William Forsythe, which premiered at the Venice Bienale in 2005, won the 2007 Bessie Award for Best Installation and New Media for its New York premiere at the Baryshnikov Center, and has been performed at every major dance festival worldwide. He has worked as a teacher and ballet master for the works and improvisational technologies of William Forsythe with such companies and institutions as the Lyon Opera Ballet, Staatsballett München, Finnish National Ballet, La Scala Opera Ballet, Universal Ballet (Seoul), Boston Ballet, and D.A.N.C.E. in Brussels. He has been a guest teacher for the Tisch School of the Arts and for Ohio State University for the groundbreaking "Synchronous Objects" project. He was featured in the film on which it is based, One Flat Thing, reproduced. He is an alumnus of the Atlantic Acting School in New York City and was recently awarded the Faust Theater Prize, Germany's highest theatre honor, as best performer in William Forsythe's I don't believe in outer space. He is currently the choreographic assistant to Forsythe for his new work being produced by Sadler's Wells for Sylvie Guillem and Nicolas Le Riche.