Chris Ferris is the artistic director of Chris Ferris & Dancers. Her work is based on an exploration of movement from a sculptural, dynamic and emotional point of view. Its focus is to bring you design in space and time with a human element. Urban Pastoral an outdoor improvisation with 10 sculptural lights by Warren Kloner, 10 dancers, and live music by Loren Dempster and Brian Adler was presented at the Tobacco Warehouse, Brooklyn Bridge Park; The High Line, Manhattan; and Central Park NYC in Sept. 2013. Chris Ferris & Dancers performed Circuitous Body, a full evening collaboration with composer Loren Dempster, on April 22, 2012 presented by Roulette, Brooklyn NY. Circuitous Body was then presented by Green Space in Long Island City, NY with partial support by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation Late-Stage Production Stipend in Nov. 2012. Chris Ferris & Dancers’ Nov. 2011 concert, Continental Drift, was presented at CPR–Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn NY. Proximity Of Clouds (2010 full evening work), premiered at Joyce SoHo NYC; incorporating sculptures that hang, swing, slash, glow, and illuminate creating ethereal forms, a forest of moving architecture, and corporeal presences. Ferris' dances have been shown in New York at 3 season concerts at the Cunningham Studio Theater. Her work has also been presented at WestFest, Green Space Blooms, Performance Mix, Solar Powered Dance Festival, Dance Conversations at the Flea, WAXworks, d.u.m.b.o. Dance Festival, Movement Research at Judson Church, University Settlement, the 92nd Street Y, and a variety of other venues. Chris was the curator of the SWEAT Modern Dance Series and SWEAT Outdoors from 2000 to 2007. In 2005 Chris Ferris & Dancers was awarded a Meet The Composer Grant for composer Loren Dempster.
This is dance created for the love of physicality and its expression. The structure and design may be complicated but it also can be human as bodies are repelled, collide, and bound through space. We are determined to give you more action than you have seen all day and make you acutely aware of its existence in your day to day life.