Christal Wagner is a Performer, Choreographer, Educator, and art maker in Milwaukee, WI. She also shoots movement photography and is a collaborator with many other mediums. Christal is blessed to create, teach, and make movement art full time. Thank you to the ImagineMKE artist relief fund for making it possible to continue to live more comfortably in this time of the covid-19 pandemic.

Coming up


May 2021

Her biggest project yet, Christal was director of photography, videographer and and editor for this years Danceworks Mad Hot Rhythm Competition. View the whole competition here.

February 2021

Danceworks Performance MKE, along with Danceworks Youth Performance Company and dancers from the 50+ Performance Workshop will present a four-part dance-for-camera series, Winter of Gratitude. The series is filmed and edited by veteran DPMKE artist and filmmaker Christal Wagner, with original music by Milwaukee composer, Lawton Hall. Featuring 32 intergenerational dancers, spanning 7 decades and lifetimes of experience, the heart of this project is to share stories of gratitude, connect generations and build a stronger community.

Christal Shot and edited the video premiere of Choreographer Joe Goode’s work Real Words. Premiered at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, February 4-6, 7:30pm Virtual Stream. More Info Here

November 2020

Skillshare Discussion >>> Christal moderated a Skillshare Discussion with Tony Award Nominated Director and Choreographer Sam Pinkleton with NO STUDIOS

October 2020

Christal worked as the Cinematographer for this new opera which is 1 of 9 in a one-of-a-kind 4 part series presented by the Decameron Opera Coalition and Milwaukee Opera Theatre. Tickets Here! Available to view through December, 31 2020

Christal was paired with local musician Eliza Hanson to create a movement smorgasbord that is likely to please the mover and non mover alike. Don’t miss out on the premiere of Eliza Hanson’s – Give It Up. In collaboration with the Beet Street Music Project, Cactus Club.

Tune in to all 25 of the featured videos via https://vimeo.com/showcase/beetstreet

Christal Performed with Danceworks Performance MKE in their collaboration with Milwaukee Opera Theatre. Read The Shepherd Express Article teasing the event.

September 2020

Christal Collaborates with the faculty of the UWM Dance Department on their fall concert acting as Cinematographer for 3 of the 4 works, editor for 2 and Director for her new collaborative work, Taking Over. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

August 2020

L’homme Armé film premiere >>> Short film L’homme Armé premiered at the 2020 Li Chiao-Ping Dance Festival Aug 14th. View the short film HERE

Seed Creation Fund Award Recipient >>> Christal is set to create and debut a movement film project in August 2020. This project is being created in part with funds from Li Chiao-Ping Dance.

June 2020

BACKSTAGE TOUR PODCAST >>> This podcast housed within Waukesha Civic Theatre interviewed Christal in June. Hear all about her view on Musical Theatre Choreography and her creative process here > Backstage Tour Podcast

DESIDERATA DEBUT >>> Christal turned to this film collaboration with artist Cyenthia Vijayakumar to feature her choreography and creative work using the poetry of Max Ehrmann. View the Film.

May 2020

EXQUISITE CORPSE MKE >>> Christal Was the project head for a community film titled Exquisite Corpse MKE in collaboration with Milwaukee Dance Theatre Network. See the Video.

Thank you to all that donated to the DANCER RELIEF FUND
WE RAISED $1795!

Check out the Shepherd Express Article detailing the project as well as the feature on CBS 58

April 2020

Christal was an Imagine MKE Grant Recipient during the Covid – 19 Pandemic. Their Appreciation Video Above. Visit Imagine MKE

What people are saying…

“The show’s high point was a terrific performance by dancer Christal Wagner … This dance illuminated the music, and brought it and the audience to life.” – John Schneider

“Christal Wagner’s solo work is earthy and sensual, slowly gyrating hips and open arms that embrace the living world.” – Paul Kosidowski

“The premiere of Wagner’s physical “Trying to Get Home” found dancers Anderson, Cambra, Cotton, Kuepper, Laurenzi and Licht, along with Wagner, in an angular, somehow-airy ensemble. They danced in front of a floor-to-ceiling projection of a film by Kym McDaniel, its shifting images of sky and urban Milwaukee lifting the performance out of the theater and into the realm of the imagination.” – Elaine Schmidt

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