Otis Harris' mission in life is to inspire others through his movement and passion for the Arts. Born in Columbia TN, he received his BFA in dance at Marygrove College in Detroit MI. Otis came to visit Chicago almost two years ago and ended up training under Homer O’Bryant, Pia Hamilton, Robert McGee, and William Gill. Since he has performed for several operas, Nutcrackers, fashion shows, flash mobs, carnival, World National Jazz Congress Convention in Pittsburgh at Point Part, and even some hip-hop showcases.
Mellon fellows George Lewis, Catherine Sullivan, and Sean Griffin have joined forces with the trail-blazing new music group, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), to fashion a multimedia opera that functions not as a history of the AACM, but as a “Bildungsoper”--a coming-of age opera of ideas, positionality, and testament.