Christopher K. Morgan & Artists: Limited Visibility

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What do we hide from public view? Are we different people when we are behind closed doors? Christopher K. Morgan & Artists explore this idea in the evening length work, Limited Visibility.

Limited Visibility exposes and brings to light the secrets and emotions held closest to us as the dancers investigate methods of sharing personal moments with the audience. Morgan worked with the dancers to look within to reveal their struggles and create movement and themes that those watching will be able to connect with in some way.

“Each of us – performers and audience members alike – has struggles with our identity, family, values, loneliness and feelings of inadequacy,” says Morgan. “These are themes that any audience member can relate to, and yet they also have specificity to their point of origin.”

I saw the beginning structure of the work last February at the show ‘Hold Your Breath Until the End’ when Christopher K. Morgan worked with the CityDance Ensemble before they disbanded in the spring. In the first draft of the dance, the dancers turned on different forms of light onstage to show the audience their secrets. The dancers revealed intimates moments with the audience using costumes, props, and set pieces. Shadows cast by the unconventional lighting kept the viewer’s somewhat in the dark as we watched and drew connections with ourselves. The movement was bold and athletic; the dancers didn’t hold anything back.

Christopher K. Morgan & Artists worked for over 18 months on Limited Visibility, Morgan’s first evening length piece that premiered at the Alden Theatre in March.  Incorporating Morgan’s twisting, graceful movement, the work uses design, music, and athleticism to highlight the dancers’ unique abilities and stories.

Christopher K. Morgan & Artists: Limited Visibility will be performed at the CityDance Studio Theater at Strathmore on Saturday, April 21 at 8:15pm and on Sunday, April 22 at 3pm. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by going to http://www.strathmore.org or by calling 301.581.5100.