Christopher Knowlton

Christopher Knowlton (performer) is a freelance movement artist, independent choreographer and PhD candidate in Bioengineering based in Chicago. Since 2009, he has worked as a collaborative performer with numerous independent dance artists and groups from the burgeoning Chicago scene, including technology performance group ATOM-r/Anatomical Theatres of Mixed Reality (Mark Jeffery & Judd Morrissey), Erica Mott Productions, Khecari (Jonathan Meyer & Julia Rae Antonick), Same Planet Performance Project (Joanna Rosenthal), Synapse Arts (Rachel Damon), Sildance/AcroDanza (Silvita Diaz Brown), The Power of Cheer (Matthew Hollis), The Inconvenience (Erin Kilmurray), visual artist Claire Ashley and many others.

His own work, which ranges from dance, science education, comedy, storytelling, film, education and puppetry has been featured locally and internationally. In 2012, Science Magazine chose Chris’s dance film as a finalist in their international Dance Your Ph.D. contest. He has also created original works for the 2011 Chicago Fringe Festival, the 2013 Puebla Baila Festival in Puebla, Mexico, the independently organized TED talks in Chicago TEDxWindyCity in 2013, the 2013 Illinois One State Together in the Arts (Illinois Arts Council’s biennial arts conference), JRV Majesty’s (Joseph Varisco) Queer, Ill & Okay in 2014 in Chicago, the 2015 DANscienCE Festival in Brisbane, Australia, Chicago Moving Company’s D49 and Dance Shelter 2015 in Chicago and the 2017 Chicago International Puppet Theatre Festival. Chris has worked as a teaching artist-in-residence with ATOM-r at the Theatre Academy of Helsinki in Finland and the University of Chichester in England. He is a published contributing author in Drawn Together through Visual Practice, an anthology that discusses various visual practices ability to communicate and facilitate sensemaking. In addition to performing, Chris is currently completing his Ph.D. in Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a published researcher of joint biomechanics at Rush University Medical Center.