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Ted Johnson is originally from Iowa, and moved to New York City in the early 1980’s. He started dancing in college at Iowa State University, and began his performance career in New York with Douglas Nielsen, Laurie DeVito, Sarah Pogostin and David Alan Harris. He became a member of Ralph Lemon Company, and then danced with Bebe Miller Company for eight years. Joining the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in 2001, as an adjunct artist, he has performed in numerous works over a span of 15 years, most recently in the critically acclaimed “Healing Wars.” He also performed in the Off-Broadway sensation, “Sleep No More,” by famed British theater company Punchdrunk, for over two years.
Along the way, he has had the pleasure to work with choreographers Amy Sue Rosen, Eun Me Ahn, Cheng-Chieh Yu, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Colleen Thomas, Bill Young, and Leslie Satin, among others. His improvisational work has been featured in collaborative ventures onstage with Kirstie Simson and Gabriel Forestieri/Project LIMB. Ted has a background in visual arts (drawing, painting and design), theater and voice.
Beginning in 1989, he began exploring contact improvisation with Andrew Marcus, and has continued that exploration with several major artists in the field, K.J. Holmes, Nancy Stark Smith, Chris Aiken, Ray Chung and Kirstie Simson. He has taught Contact Improvisation for Movement Research, and for Leslie Satin at NYU.
Ted began his studies in Klein Technique™ with Barbara Mahler and Susan Klein in 1990. It has had a profound influence on his body and approach to understanding movement. It has greatly informed his dancing and remains the strongest underpinning in his work. He is currently a member of the fourth Klein Technique™ Teachers Certification Program.
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