Touch is the major communication tool of Christopher K. Morgan & Artists. As men and women lean, lift, lower, tumble and roll each other around, they rarely depend on visual cues but instead communicate through a language stemming from contact improvisation. This practice grounds the ensemble in its confident placement of weight and balance, lending a stylistic cohesion that is deeply satisfying. Clearly, the dancers trust one another other and their material.
Morgan incorporates the architecture of formal dance, which establishes both rigor and line, but without empty posing. He also displays a keen intellectual curiosity, exploring everyday relationship gestures, repeating them and changing tempos, to show how intent and content can seem to change. The touch of a hand on a check moves from being a caress to a (jealous) redirecting of another’s focus, and then to a (furious) controlling impulse that changes another’s (life) arc in “Halcyon.”