|_____ Zach Morris _ Tom Pearson _ Jennine Willett|
"a lavish delight for the senses" Caroline Ballard, The Village Voice
|Zach Morris is a Bessie Award-winning choreographer whose work includes site-specific performances, installation art, video and multi-media projects, and immersive performance environments. He is particularly interested in creating projects that place contemporary art and performance in non-traditional contexts.
Zach is fascinated by colliding dream-like, archetypal images with the pedestrian, highly personal realities of everyday life to create juxtapositions and metaphors that resonate on a fundamental, intuitive level and allow us access to more elusive but equally potent ways of understanding ourselves and our world. Critics have described his work as "visually stunning," "wickedly clever," and "hauntingly melancholy." Others have said, "there is no escaping the feeling that you have been doing drugs for the past hour. Good drugs."
Zachs work has been seen internationally, at several theaters around the U.S. and at numerous venues in New York City including: Danspace Project, The Abrons Arts Center, Joes Pub, the South Street Seaport as part of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Councils Sitelines Series, Dance Theater Workshop, La Mama E.T.C., University Settlement/ The New York Fringe Festival, Dixon Place, the Williamsburg Art Nexus, and The Merce Cunningham Studio. He is the recipient of a New York Dance and Performance Award for Creation/Choreography, the Henry Boettcher Award for Excellence in Directing, and the NYC Fringe Fest Award for Excellence in Choreography. Zach has been granted residencies or commissions from Abrons Arts Center, Danspace Project, The Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, Dance Theater Workshop, Topaz Arts, La Mama, LMCC, the Swarthmore Project, Epiphany Theatre Company, and others.
Zach is Co-Director of Third Rail Projects, organizer and moderator of the NYC Dance Film Lab, and creator of the annual Steampunk Haunted House in New York City. He has previously served as the Co-Creator and Co-Director of the Westbeth New Works Program; the National and International Programs Associate at Dance Theater Workshop; the Bartender at a number of questionable establishments; the Dance Program Coordinator at the LEVELS teen-center in Long Island; and as adjunct faculty for Florida State University. Zach has a BFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University.