Born in Houston, Texas in 1979 Ayman Harper trained as a contemporary and classical dancer, choreographer and teacher at the Houston Ballet Academy while attending the High School for the Performing & Visual Arts. At the age of seventeen, Ayman began his career with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. In 1999 Harper moved to Europe to join Nederlands Dans Theater II where he worked with a broad spectrum of established contemporary artists.
In 2001 Harper was approached by William Forsythe, which led to the beginning of his inspiring relationship as dancer, guest choreographer and stager for the company. The latter of which has brought him to various companies around the globe such as Pacific Northwest Ballet, Lyon Opera, SemperOper Dresden, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and most recently Bodytraffic.
Ayman has worked with choreographers Twyla Tharp, Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Paul Lightfoot, Johan Inger, Sol Leon, Daniel Ezralow, and William Forsythe.
Parallel to his career as a dancer Harper has continued to choreograph with invitations from The Forsythe Company, NDT II, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago II, Bayerisches Staatsballet II Munich, and various German State Theaters and universities. Harper's work ranges from social projects to site-specific installations to creating musicals.
He has collaborated with fellow artists Arto Lindsay, electronic musicians Matmos, Alexander Ekman, Tino Sehgal, Ivan Liska, Antony Rizzi, Richard Siegal, Prue Lang and is currently a guest professor at P.A.R.T.S under the direction of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and NYU Tisch Dance Summer in Berlin Program (2017, 2018)
Ayman will be working with STRUT Dance on William Forsythe's methodology and choreographic principles as they build towards the delivery of Forsythe's One Flat Thing, Reproduced.