Each spring term, the students of the Hollins/ADF M.F.A. 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.
For a portion of the fall term students travel to dance centers throughout the world participating in mentored studio time, the facilitation of a program of creative work, study, discussions and readings. As part of these in-depth cultural exchanges, students are able to present their work in professional venues while immersing themselves in specially designed study tracks and attending dance concerts. Students study with members of the thriving international professional and academic community. These residencies open pathways that create lifelong relationships and opportunities. Past residencies have taken place in France, Austria, Belgium and Germany.
European Study Curator and artist Christopher Roman 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. 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, 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. Christopher has co-directed his own company with former Wooster Group video designer Philip Bußmann called 2+ and has choreographed pieces 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 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 its New York premiere at the Baryshnikov Center and was 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, The Finnish National Ballet, La Scala Opera Ballet, Universal Ballet, Seoul, Boston Ballet, D.A.N.C.E. in Brussels, guest teacher for NYU Tisch School of the Arts and the dance department at Ohio State University for the groundbreaking "Synchronous Objects" project and was featured in the film on which it is based, One Flat Thing, reproduced. 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 currently the choreographic assistant to William Forsythe for his new work being produced by Sadler’s Wells for Sylvie Guillem and Nicolas Le Riche.