CHRISTINA ERNST

"I really tried to get at a visceral sense of humanity."

Christina Ernst began dancing in Switzerland, where she performed with the Zurich Opera, before moving to the United States in 1977. As a choreographer, collaborator, and performer, she has worked with various Chicago dance and performance companies including Chicago Opera Theater, the Goodman Theatre, Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble, and the MoMing Dance and Arts Center. She was the co-director and creator of Ernst/Watson Dance, an internationally touring company that blended jazz and modern dance, and is currently the co-artistic director of the Evanston Dance Ensemble.

February 11, 2016: 

a caucasian woman dancing in a black costume with black jazz shoes

"I began to want to tell more stories of the forgotten voices."

"I had been rejecting narrative so much, but they took me right back to the narrative and it was a very powerful piece."

"I felt like I was just making all these dances, but I didn't have any time to explore."

"My parents would sit me down every year and say, 'Do you still want to do this? It costs money.'"

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