Charlie Morrissey creates live performance on a variety of scales and in wide variety of contexts, devising and directing large and small scale pieces in different landscapes: on the shoreline, in the sea and on rivers, in fields, on cliffs, in the street, in parks, theatres, galleries, observatories, museums, and buildings ranging from a castle to a glass house.
He has directed and collaborated on performances with professionals, students and people with little or no formal dance or performance training.
The pieces he creates have ranged from elaborate installations with complex sets, costumes, lighting, pyrotechnics and large casts, through to very intimate solo, duet and small group performances in informal settings with little or no technical or production requirements.
His work is very much concerned with the context in which it happens, and with utilising the live-ness of live work as an environment for exploration and learning.
He works with both set and improvised materials as a means of exploring the immediacy of live performance. His site-specific pieces make use of the visceral and three-dimensional nature of the environments in which they happen and often bring large numbers of people together – performers and audiences, in works which celebrate and interrogate the human condition.
He has an international reputation as a performer, teacher and director and has been working for over 20 years in many different countries across the globe.
His work is informed by substantial working relationships with a number of dance artists including Steve Paxton, Lisa Nelson, Becky Edmunds, Scott Smith, Siobhan Davies, Kirstie Simson, K.J.Holmes and many others.