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Paul Christiano, gifted dancer and choreographer with a troublesome previous, is lifeless at 39

August 2015:

Paul Christiano was convicted in 1999 of buying baby pornography via the mail. The offense, dedicated when Christiano was in his early 20s, obliged him to register as a intercourse offender within the State of Illinois. Within the years that instantly adopted, although, he constructed a formidable profession as a dancer and choreographer in Chicago, breaking out with a 2001 choreographic work produced by the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago on the Auditorium Theatre. It was referred to as “Miracle, Interrupted.”

“I don’t assume there has ever been a greater work created by a Chicago choreographer,” John Schmitz, the founding father of Dance Chicago, stated on Monday.

On Wednesday of final week, three of his associates stated, Christiano went to the Forest Park house of his shut pal, the dancer and choreographer Autumn Eckman, for whom he was housesitting whereas Eckman was away educating in Maine. He wrote out a will and penned a observe, they stated, lay down in one of many beds, after which poisoned himself. His physique was discovered, Eckman stated, in her house on Saturday.

Christiano was 39.

“My life has eternally modified,” Eckman stated in an interview Monday.

The Prepare dinner County Medical Examiner had not but established a explanation for dying for Christiano on Monday, itemizing a pending toxicology report.

On the time of “Miracle, Interrupted,” Christiano, who was born in 1976 and grew up within the western suburb of Bartlett, already was dancing with the Melissa Thodos and Dancers firm. However “Miracle, Interrupted” (a piece set to the music of Vivaldi) was such a sensation on the Joffrey that the Tribune named Christiano certainly one of its 2001 Chicagoans of the Yr within the Arts. (On the time, Tribune editors have been unaware of Christiano’s conviction).

“Good choreography of any type is necessary,” wrote Sid Smith, then the Tribune’s dance critic. “Coming from such a younger novice, it augurs nice riches forward.”

Truly, nice strife and ache lay forward.

For within the age of the Web, the more and more searchable presence of Christiano’s identify on the register of intercourse offenders regularly interrupted his profession, particularly since most Chicago-area dancers complement their revenue by educating. In 2008, for instance, the Kane County Chronicle reported that the State Road Dance Studio in Geneva had minimize ties with Christiano, who had been educating there, after one of many college students found his identify and face on the register. Christiano admitted to the paper that he had not talked about his conviction to the studio, but in addition stated that he had by no means been round youngsters with out one other grownup current.

In newer years, Christiano spoke brazenly about pedaphilia to the Los Angeles Occasions and different publications, giving interviews about his lifelong attraction to younger women, all the time insisting that the criminality lay not in attraction however in motion, and claiming that he had by no means harm a toddler nor acted on his urges.

Nonetheless, his associates stated, Christiano, as a registered intercourse offender, all the time struggled to discover a authorized place to reside, inside the guidelines for intercourse offenders, and he equally struggled to seek out locations to work. Thus, they stated, his inventive output essentially turned increasingly sporadic. For 4 years, Christiano lived in Plano together with his good friend, Paula Frasz, a choreographer and dance educator and one other who spoke of Christiano’s “unbelievable expertise” on Monday. On the time of his demise, Christiano was dwelling in Chicago with one other pal, the dancer and choreographer Stephanie Martinez and her husband, looking for stability and a supply of revenue. Martinez stated she was appearing as a spokesman for Christiano’s mother and father, Phil and Jennifer Christiano.

“Paul was undeniably some of the gifted dancers and choreographers I’ve ever met,” Martinez stated. “He was steadfast in his imaginative and prescient and relentless in making his dancers execute in the easiest way potential. He actually was a artistic director; I’ve by no means recognized such a storyteller.”

Christiano’s buddies and admirers stated that his struggles might be perceived in his dancing and in his choreography. “His pure fashion of motion was abrupt, fractured and quick, giving the impact of being convulsive,” stated Laura Molzahn, a longtime freelance dance critic and presently the dance critic for the Tribune. “He was a very distinctive expertise. His fashion was unmistakable.”

“It breaks my coronary heart that he was not capable of do what he liked,” Martinez stated. “That was the place you can see his spirit. Dance was his outlet. That was how he spoke to the world. The man could not get a break. He could not deal with it any extra. All he needed was to do his work, and it was being stripped away from him. I feel his mild simply went out.”

Over the previous few seasons, Christiano had nonetheless labored with some smaller dance corporations, together with Chicago Dance Crash and Nomi Dance Firm.

“He lived with a number of guilt and frustration,” Eckman stated, additionally saying that the kindnesses of the Chicago dance group have been evident when it got here to comforting Christiano’s pals and discovering the assets for a yet-to-be-scheduled remembrance.

“Our group,” stated Schmitz, “is dealing with a void. Paul danced with such urgency. He actually was in one other dimension. One way or the other, I knew he was not going to be right here lengthy, however he by no means wasted a minute. He bravely went out every single day and gave it every thing.” ..Source.. by Observer Staff Reporter

Paul Christiano has died
Administrative Assistant and Board Member for B4U-ACT

Paul Christiano has for many years been a tireless volunteer and board member for B4U-ACT. It is with great sadness that we have to share that sometime this past weekend Paul took his own life. He was a very hard working, intelligent and articulate man who helped B4U-ACT tremendously; a talented and creative artist and dancer from Chicago; and loved by his family and friends. Here is a link to Paul's obituary.

We know that recently Paul had been facing complicated legal troubles surrounding housing and registration due to a child pornography conviction from all the way back in 2000. These issues he was facing involved technical matters surrounding residency restrictions, but the consequences for not adhering to them to the letter were actually quite severe, and he was likely facing years in prison. Among all the restrictions and mistreatment he experienced in life, he found great meaning in his dedication to both his artistic pursuits and his work with B4U-ACT. Sadly, it seems that he couldn't face the loss of being unable to pursue these passions during an unknown number of years in prison -- two of the main things that gave his life hope, purpose, and meaning.

This may be very hard news for everyone who knew or communicated with him as well as for any Minor-Attracted Person (MAP) who may be facing similar absurd housing restrictions that have such a drastic negative impact on one's life. In addition, everyone in this society, minor attracted or not, should be upset about this, and re-evaluate much of what they say and do surrounding the issues of prejudice and suicide. I hope everyone will take the time to remember Paul and also to support anyone who is pained by this tragedy.

Our community has suffered a great loss, but Paul’s family continues to support B4U-ACT and feels that our work is just as important as ever so that one day other minor-attracted people will never face such difficult challenges and decisions or feel the need to make the choice Paul did. His work with us to fight the stigma experienced by MAPs and improve the treatment of MAPs will continue; please donate to B4U-ACT in his memory to help continue this work, if you are so inclined.

We'll miss you, Paul.

His short film about his life, "Unspeakable":
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Anonymous said...

Minor attracted person?! Pedophile. The term is pedophile.

Anonymous said...

Paul never touched a child, talked inapportaly to a child. He ordered a tape that contained child ponography. That it.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I am so saddened by this. I know he suffered, but he was a good man who didn't deserve such suffering. We need to change our approach. We need to change our approach to paedophilia; if we vilify these people for an orientation they were born with, we aren't helping anyone, and we certainly aren't making children safe.

I haven't spoken with him for a couple of years and I was sitting down just now to give him a call. How sad I am to learn of this