Tisch Dance Summer Residency Festival: David Dorfman Dance
David Dorfman Dance
June 22-26 2020
Since its founding in 1987, David Dorfman Dance (DDD) has performed extensively throughout North and South America, Great Britain, Europe, and Central Asia. DDD has regularly performed in New York City at major venues including The Joyce Theater, The Kitchen, Danspace Project/St. Mark’s Church, La Mama Theater, The Duke on 42nd Street, The Met Breuer, and the 92nd St. “Y”/Harkness Dance Festival. David Dorfman, the company’s dancers, and DDD’s artistic collaborators have also been honored with eight New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards. Dorfman’s work has enjoyed broad and diverse audiences nationally and internationally by sustaining a vision to create innovative, inclusive, movement-based performance that is radically humanistic.
DDD’s creative projects include: Aroundtown (2017); Come, and Back Again (2013); Prophets of Funk (set to the music of Sly and the Family Stone); Disavowal (inspired by radical abolitionist John Brown); underground (inspired by The Weather Underground); Older Testaments (2005, set to music by composer/trumpeter Frank London of The Klezmatics); Lightbulb Theory (2004, original commissioned score by Michael Wall); Impending Joy (2004, original commissioned score by Chris Peck); and See Level (2003, original commissioned score by Chris Peck and visual design by Samuel Topiary).
DDD is company-in-residence at Connecticut College, has its own summer intensive at the college, a winter intensive in Manhattan, New York, and appears annually at the Tisch School of the Arts Summer Dance Residency Program at NYU.
For thirty years, DDD has effectively engaged audiences worldwide, with community-based projects playing an important role, particularly in the 1990’s. In Out of Season (The Athletes Project) and Familiar Movements (The Family Project), the members of the company rehearsed and performed with groups of volunteer athletes or family members selected in the communities to which the company toured. In No Roles Barred, DDD examined the personal roles assumed, formed, and interwoven in our modern social construct, engaging groups ranging from corporate executives and “at-risk” youths to college administrators, doctors, carpenters, and social dance enthusiasts. The company’s three community projects have been presented over 30 times in 18 states and two foreign countries.
In March 2016, DDD performed at the opening day of the Met Breuer Museum in New York City, dancing to an original live score by Ken Thomson throughout the day in the Sunken Garden. The company embarked on a landmark tour to Athens, Greece in the summer of 2016, working with community athletes, dancers, and mixed ability movers to animate the new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center for their Metamorphosis Festival. DDD’s newest evening-length work, Aroundtown had its World Premiere at Bates Dance Festival in July 2017, and its NY Premiere at BAM’s Next Wave Festival in November 2017. In May 2018 DDD partnered with USAID El Salvador to bring dance to youth in El Salvador. Together they pledged to use their bodies for peace rather than gang warfare. All of these efforts help DDD promote its mission of Kinetic Diplomacy: the idea that if you’re dancing, you’re probably not hurting another human being.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR of David Dorfman Dance since 1987, has beenProfessor of Dance and was the Department Chair at Connecticut College from 2004-2017. Dorfman is the 2007 recipient of The Martha Hill Fund for Dance’s Mid-Career Award and a 2005 Guggenheim Foundation fellowship to continue his research and choreography in the topics of power and powerlessness, including activism, dissidence, and underground movements. This research culminated in underground, performed by David Dorfman Dance and 25-50 additional dancers around the world. He appeared on several episodes of A Chance to Dance, a reality show on OvationTV starring Dorfman’s pals, the BalletBoyz who invited David Dorfman Dance to make a three minute video for RandomAct/Channel 4UK. We Don’t Own a Dog came out of that invitation.
Dorfman has been honored with four fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, three New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships, an American Choreographer's Award, the first Paul Taylor Fellowship from The Yard, and a New York Dance & Performance Award ("Bessie") for David Dorfman Dance's community-based project Familiar Movements (The Family Project). Dorfman's choreography has been produced in New York City at venues ranging from the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Joyce Theater, The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, The Duke on 42nd Street, Danspace Project/St. Mark's Church, P.S. 122, and Dancing in the Streets. His work has been commissioned widely in the U.S. and in Europe by Bedlam Dance Company (London), d9 Dance Collective (Seattle), Eisenhower Dance Theatre (Detroit), and the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia for the musical Green Violin, for which he won a 2003 Barrymore Award for best choreography. Dorfman toured an evening of solos and duets, Live Sax Acts, with friend and collaborator Dan Froot, most recently in New York City and at the Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe, and a half-evening duet, Menne Awn Frauen, created with Stuart Pimsler.
Dorfman has been a guest artist at numerous institutions across the country and abroad. As a performer, he toured internationally with Kei Takei's Moving Earth and Susan Marshall & Co. Dorfman holds a BS in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MFA from Connecticut College ('81). With love, David thanks long-time mentors Martha Myers and the late Daniel Nagrin, his late folks Jeanette and Oscar, and his in-house family project Lisa Race and Samson Race Dorfman.
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