Paul Christiano

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Paul Christiano
Born
Paul Philip Christiano[1]

(1976-02-04)February 4, 1976[1]
Diedc. August 1, 2015(2015-08-01) (aged 39)[2]
Forest Park, Illinois[2]
Cause of deathSuicide by poison[2]
OccupationChoreographer, dancer
AwardsSee § Awards

Paul Philip Christiano (4 February 1976 – c. 1 August 2015) was an American choreographer and dancer, known for his work and successful career in Chicago, Illinois.

Career[edit]

Christiano started out as a gymnast.[3][4] By age twelve, he moved into dance.[3] After high school, he spent three years on a scholarship with the Lou Conte Dance Studio.[3] He joined Hubbard Street II in 1998, Thodos Dance Chicago in 1999, and Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2008.[5] He worked for Joffrey Ballet.[6] As a contemporary concert dancer, he was lauded for his "wondrous skills"[7] and "striking acrobatic skill".[8]

In 2001, he received a Ruth Page Award for his first choreographic effort, Miracle, Interrupted.[9][10] His choreographed works have since been featured in the repertories of Thodos Dance Chicago, Joffrey Ballet, and River North Dance Chicago,[11] among other dance companies.

Personal life[edit]

Christiano grew up in the western suburb of Bartlett.[2][3] In 1999, he stepped into a federal sting operation when he ordered child pornography.[12] He avoided prison but was permanently added to the Illinois sex offender registry, and received five years of state-ordered therapy.[12][13] The presence of Christiano's name on the registry frequently interrupted his career.[2] He became "an outcast",[14] made several suicide attempts,[13] and volunteered for US-based pedophilia advocacy group "B4U-ACT".[15][16] He poisoned and killed himself at the age of 39:[2]

"Paul Christiano, who would kill himself six months later after an incident around misreporting his address to the police. [...] There was an inconsistency in the records he gave, and rather than face almost certain prison time, he decided to take his own life."[17]

Selected choreographed works[edit]

  • Miracle, Interrupted (2001)[5]
  • First Love; Second Sight (2003)[18]
  • Tyranny of the Geek (2006)[19]
  • Virgo (2007)[6]
  • Two Sides to Every Studio Apartment (2008)[6]
  • ADHDivas (2010)[19][20]
  • Immediate Gratification (2011)[21][20]
  • 101 Cures for Boredom (2011)[19]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Paul Christiano Chicagoland Dance Instructor Convicted Sex Offender Pedophile Activist Child Pornography". KTRS (AM). Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Jones, Chris (4 August 2015). "Paul Christiano, talented dancer and choreographer with a difficult past, is dead at 39". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 14 June 2019. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Smith, Sid (9 November 2001). "Dancer with a gymnastic mentality". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 15 June 2019. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  4. ^ Smith, Sid (14 November 2003). "Young choreographers get a shot in spotlight". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 15 June 2019. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  5. ^ a b "An Evening of Dance in Three Acts with Guest Choreographer Eddy Ocampo" (PDF). Dance Chicago. Nomi Dance Company. 24 November 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 August 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  6. ^ a b c Molzahn, Laura (22 April 2009). "'Movement' represents more than masculinity". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 15 June 2019. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  7. ^ Smith, Sid (15 September 2012). "DanszLoop program graceful, but plods". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 15 June 2019. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  8. ^ Shapiro, Lynn Colburn (10 July 2009). "Paul Sanasardo and Dmitri Peskov". Dance Magazine. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  9. ^ a b Schmitt, Kyle (29 April 2005). "Terpsichore dancers show off collection". Antioch News. Lakeland Media. p. B3. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  10. ^ a b Mauro, Lucia (8 March 2002). "Thodos furthers dance". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 15 June 2019. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  11. ^ Warnecke, Lauren (6 August 2015). "Dancer/Choreographer Paul Christiano dies at age 39". Art Intercepts. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  12. ^ a b Zarembo, Alan (14 January 2013). "Many researchers taking a different view of pedophilia". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 21 March 2019. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  13. ^ a b Zarembo, Alan (20 January 2013). "In Focus: The pedophile next door". Portland Press Herald. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  14. ^ Molzahn, Laura (16 August 2015). "Dance for Life 2015: laughs, tears and dance". Hartford Courant. Archived from the original on 14 June 2019. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  15. ^ Luces, Kim (1 November 2013). "Pedophilia erroneously classified as a sexual orientation in medical manual". GMA Network. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  16. ^ Maluyao, Hannah (25 October 2013). "Pedophilia Now Classified As A Sexual Orientation". Neon Tommy. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  17. ^ Campea, Matthew (2016). "Tackling a Tough Subject: Why I Made a Documentary About Pedophiles". CBC.ca. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  18. ^ Kleiman, Kelly (26 June 2003). "Ritual Power". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  19. ^ a b c Kleiman, Kelly (28 September 2011). "Critics theater picks; early Halloween, Chicago Dance Crash(es), and 'Brand' yourself". WBEZ. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  20. ^ a b Whittenburg, Zachary (13 September 2011). "Chicago Dance Crash: "Immediate Gratification"". Time Out. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  21. ^ Cammarata, Natalie (3 October 2011). "Chicago Dance Crash's Immediate Gratification". ChicagoNow. Tribune Publishing. Archived from the original on 14 November 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  22. ^ Smith, Sid (30 December 2001). "Chicagoans of the Year". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 15 June 2019. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  23. ^ "FY02 Artists Fellowship Awards Round Two". Illinois Arts Council. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  24. ^ "Welcome to Dance Chicago 2014!". Dance Chicago. 2014. Archived from the original on 29 December 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  25. ^ "Mystery plays of fifth century revived for special University production, May 14–15". University of Chicago. 13 May 2004. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  26. ^ Whittenburg, Zachary (16 December 2010). "The dancing men of 2010". Time Out. Archived from the original on 17 December 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2019.

External links[edit]

"Unspeakable", 2011 documentary about (and co-created by) Christiano on Vimeo