History of AntiGravity® Inc.
Christopher Harrison - AntiGravity® Creator
Christopher Harrison is the Founder and Creator of the internationally renowned entertainment and fitness brand AntiGravity®. As the Artistic Director of his company, he has conceived and produced over 400 entertainment productions from Broadway to the Olympics to the Academy Awards to Disney films to the Metropolitan Opera to flashmobs. In 2009 his was the only non-singing group invited to perform with the A-list celebrities at the Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama.
AntiGravity, established in 1991, has its headquarters and fitness training center in midtown Manhattan. The AntiGravity Theater & National Aerial Performance Training Center is based in Orlando, Florida where they have a long-running show. Team AntiGravity maintains a roster of over 80 physical entertainers and hundreds of certified AntiGravity fitness instructors around the globe.
Mr. Harrison has created entertainment for a stellar array of worldwide icons including; Rihanna, Pink, Mariah Carey, P. Diddy, Nelly, Kanye West, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Franco Dragone, George Lucas, Paul Newman, Bill Gates, Steve Forbes, Richard Branson, George Soros, Giorgio Armani, Marc Jacobs, Hal Prince, Franco Zeffirelli and The White House. As the Director of AntiGravity®, he has created works for the Metropolitan Opera House (ten seasons), Radio City Music Hall (three seasons), six Broadway shows (helping to garner 2 Tony® Awards), numerous TV specials & award shows including the Oscars, the VMA's and the Grammys as well as extravaganzas for the NFL, the NBA and two Olympic Games.
Christopher has created a movement vocabulary with unique apparatus that has been admired world-wide. As an aerial designer, he has been key to the evolution of bungee dance technology, creating his own bungee track configuration used on Broadway (Swing!). Ever the innovator, Mr. Harrison was the first to develop the AntiGravity„¢ Boots for tumbling, creating a wholly new phenomenon. When the hanging silk first emerged as a performance apparatus, Mr. Harrison redesigned it to create the "silk hammock" which generated a completely new movement vocabulary, now adopted worldwide. He took the invention to Broadway (Nine) where it helped that show win two Tony® awards. Since then, performers from Mariah Carey to Britney Spears to Pink have also used the AntiGravity Hammock in rock tours and on the Grammy Awards. Most recently he created the Opening Segment featuring his team with Supermodel Adriana Lima for The Victoria Secret Fashion Show. His choreographic work was also featured on the TV show SMASH.
Mr. Harrison discovered that the AntiGravity® Hammock also had health and fitness benefits for the general public as an exercise device and thus created "AntiGravity Yoga & Fitness". His trademarked techniques are now proliferating in gyms and studios in over 30 countries including in Madonna's Hard Candy Fitness and in Richard Branson's Virgin Active. The technique has been endorsed by Ironman's Gwyneth Paltrow as the secret to her health and fitness.
Mr. Harrison, once ranked 4th at the World Games in his gymnastics specialty, performed as a dancer on Broadway and in feature films before starting his company. He is the first dancer one sees in the hit film "Footloose". He is a member of AEA, SAG, AFTRA & SSD&C and helped choreograph "Enchanted" for Disney. He was awarded the "New Yorker of the Week" by Time Warner for his work inspiring fitness in children during the NYC Goodwill Games. He holds a special diploma from the XIX Olympic Winter Games for his participation as a creator in the spectacle events. He has been on the cover of International Gymnast Magazine and has appeared as a special guest on The View, Katie Couric, The Today Show & Good Morning America. He sits on the board of the Wendy Hilliard Foundation, dedicated to bringing fitness to underprivileged youth. Mr. Harrison holds a BFA in Theater/Dance performance from the University of Utah. At the core of all of Mr. Harrison's work is the desire to motivate and inspire others with his passion for expression through physicality.