Charles O. Anderson

Austin, Texas

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CHARLES O. ANDERSON, a native of Richmond, Virginia, is artistic director of the critically acclaimed afro-contemporary dance-theatre company, dance theatre X (founded in 2003) and a recent transplant to Austin, TX. Hailing from Philadelphia, Anderson has joined the Theatre and Dance faculty of the University of Texas at Austin as a tenured associate professor of African Diasporic Dance (the first position of its kind in the country). As a dancer in New York City he worked with such noted choreographers as Ronald K. Brown, Talley Beatty, Jim Self, Mark Dendy, Sean Curran, Joy Kellman, and Miguel Gutierrez. Anderson's work has been presented throughout the U.S. as well as internationally. Among his achievements in afro-contemporary choreography and dance theatre, Anderson was selected as one of “The 25 Artists to Watch” by Dance Magazine and is a Pew Fellowship in the Arts recipient. His professional work has been supported by such foundations and organizations as Dance Advance, The Independence Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, and The Philadelphia Cultural Fund. His most recent work, World Headquartters, earned both a 2010 Creative Grant and an inaugural Forth Fund Grant from the National Performance Network. His choreographic work set on undergraduate dancers has twice been nationally showcased at the Kennedy Center through the American College Dance Festival Association and he has also been twice recognized for outstanding achievement in experimental dance theatre by the The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. In August of 2011, Anderson and dtX relocated from Philadelphia to Austin to help promote, advocate for and ultimately establish an contemporary African Diasporic performance presence in the south and southwest along with a number of other outstanding Black artists working in experimental performance forms now residing in the region.