Chris Yon

2011

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Photo credit: Cameron Wittig

Chris Yon, choreographer and performer, b. 1980, Los Angeles, CA. Based in Brooklyn through most of the '00's, he now lives and works in Minneapolis.

As a performer, he has worked with and for Ann Carlson, Yoshiko Chuma, Justin Jones, Karinne Keithley, David Neumann, Basil Twist and Kristin Van Loon. Yon's choreographies have been presented locally at Bryant Lake Bowl, Walker Art Center and The Southern, and nationally and internationally at Dance Theater Workshop, Performance Space 122, La Mama, Symphony Space, The Kitchen, Danspace Project, Gershwin Hotel, CBGB's, The Knitting Factory, Philadelphia Dance Project, ODC Theater, Velocity Dance Center, Highways Performance Space, Project Art Centre (Dublin), Tangente (Montreal), and CiteDanse (Grenoble).

His work has been commissioned by two repertory companies: Irish Modern Dance Theatre (Dublin) and d9 dance collective (Seattle). Named a "Very Young Hot Shot" in The Village Voice and among "25 Dancers to Watch" in Dance Magazine. He has had residencies and space grants at The Yard, SILO and BAX. Co-founder of Ur, your neighborhood dance palace in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 2003-2005. Recipient: 2003 NYFA Fellowship for Performance Art (shared with Justin Jones), 2005 BESSIE Award for Performance, 2009 SAGE Award for Choreography. BFA, NYU. Chris Yon's new work entitled ECHO PARK Dream Ballet Essay: Les Sylphides without Margot Fonteyn v. The Pips without Gladys Knight will premiere July 14-16, 2011 as part of the Momentum Series presented by the Southern Theater and the Walker Art Center.