Dates Available for Touring
Fall 2018 – Spring 2019
Performers: 8 dancers/3 musicians
Production Staff: 2
Administrative Staff: 1
Repertory Available 2018/19
Original Score: Samuel Crawford, Liz de Lise, Zeb Gould
Visual Media: Shawn Hove
Lighting Design: Tuce Yasak
Performed with live music
An evening-length work about truth and compassion in these difficult times, Aroundtown is about finding intimacy, joy and love when our daily lives are bombarded by hate, lies, cruelty and violence. It is about listening generously to what we don’t want to hear, so we can move forward with the enemy, the other, ourselves. Accompanied by a constellation of original electric folk songs performed live, Aroundtown’s dancers leave nothing behind – propelling themselves onto the stage with earnest and gorgeous abandon. The work premiered at the Bates Dance Festival in summer 2017 and is presented as part of the BAM Next Wave Festival in November 2017. The company offers a special residency option for dancers from the local community or dance department to be part of the public performance.
“You will leave Aroundtown changed — I’ll guarantee it…it’s about all of us.” – David Dorfman
David Dorfman Dance excels in community outreach activities. The company has vast experience working with presenters to tailor workshops for special audiences around the world. Specialized offerings include but are not limited to workshops for students with learning disabilities and/or anyone with limited movement capabilities.
The company offers a 3 – 7 day residency, where they will work one-on-one with dancers from the local dance department or community, incorporating them into the evening performance of Aroundtown. Participants are required to attend a minimum of three rehearsals, each 3 hours in length.
Classes for Dancers: Classes are available for dance students at a variety of levels, in most styles including Text and Movement, Improvisational Technique and company repertory.
Classes for Athletes: David Dorfman has used his own experience as a sports athlete and a dancer to create a class specifically designed for athletes. Practicing a selection of movement from Dorfman’s dance vocabulary, athletes will strengthen and stretch their bodies – aiding in reducing stress and risk of injury. In addition, the class will teach athletes how to be aware of their bodies while in motion – improving their quality of movement on the playing field. Choreography Class: Students will study choreography as social and personal commentary. Working in class on both solo and group projects, students will be encouraged to find compositional means for exploring areas about which they are passionate.
SCHOOLTIME MATINEE: Aroundtown (50 minutes/includes Q&A session) In this performance for student audiences, David Dorfman Dance performs an abbreviated version of Aroundtown, allowing the full company to engage in a meaningful Q&A session with students on the themes related to the work.
Grade range: Grade 6-High School.
Artist Talk / Lecture Demonstration Lecture Demonstration is available for groups such as Rotary, Kiwanis, senior homes and local athletic teams. These events can be held anywhere from a local gymnasium to an open area in a senior home. The Lecture Demonstration focuses on the interrelationship between dance and athletic or pedestrian/everyday movement. Excerpts from repertory are performed – assuming the site allows – to demonstrate these points.
Open rehearsals, pre-performance talks and post-performance talks also available.
About the Company
Since 1987, David Dorfman Dance (DDD) has promoted the appreciation and critical understanding of dance by realizing the creation of new works by choreographer David Dorfman and his artistic collaborators. In advocating his mission “to get the whole world dancing,” Dorfman’s work has enjoyed broad and diverse audiences nationally and internationally. Dorfman creates dance that seeks to de-stigmatize the notion of accessibility and interaction in post-modern dance by embracing audiences with visceral, meaningful dance, music and text. By sustaining a vision to create innovative, inclusive, movement-based performance that is radically humanistic, DDD maintains a core commitment to examine and unearth issues and ideas that enliven, incite, and excite audiences in dialogue and debate about social change and a myriad of other topics. DDD has performed extensively throughout North and South America, Great Britain, Europe, and in New York City at major venues, including The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Joyce Theater, The Kitchen, Danspace Project/St. Mark’s Church, La Mama Theater, The Duke on 42nd Street, and the 92nd St. “Y”/Harkness Dance Festival. David Dorfman, the company’s dancers, and DDD’s artistic collaborators have been honored with eight New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards. 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. These projects have been enjoyed not only by athletes and family members but also by 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 abroad. In 2014, the company was invited by DanceMotion USA to perform and conduct outreach activities in Turkey, Armenia, and Tajikistan. In summer 2016 the company traveled to Athens, Greece for a week of performances and outreach activities.
David Dorfman, Artistic Director
David Dorfman founded his dance company David Dorfman Dance (DDD) in 1987. He has been Professor of Dance at Connecticut College since 2004 and Chair (2007-2017). As DDD begins its 30th Anniversary year, the company sets its sights on Brooklyn Academy of Music’s prestigious Next Wave Festival (for the fourth time) with Aroundtown in Nov. 2017. Dorfman received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005 to continue his research and choreography in the topics of power and powerlessness, including activism, dissidence, and underground movements, culminating in DDD’s, underground, which toured for four years engaging community dance casts in each venue. Dorfman has also 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 DDD’s community-based project Familiar Movements (The Family Project). His work has been commissioned widely in the U.S. and in Europe, most recently by AXIS Dance Company (Oakland), Bosoma Dance Company (Boston), Bedlam Dance Company (London), d9 Dance Collective (Seattle), and Eisenhower Dance Theatre (Detroit). His forays into theater include choreography for the original musical Green Violin at the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia, for which he won a 2003 Barrymore Award for best choreography, and INDECENT, by Paula Vogel, currently on Broadway’s Cort Theater. In 2014/15 DDD traveled to Armenia, Turkey and Tajiskistan via DanceMotion USA, a project of the US State Department, produced by BAM. The work culminated in a project on reconciliation entitled UNSETTLED. 2012 found Dorfman appearing on several episodes of A Chance to Dance, a reality show on OvationTV starring his friends the Ballet Boyz. The Boyz also invited DDD to make a short video for BBC Channel 4 Random Acts. We Don’t Own a Dog can be seen at http://www.balletboyz.com/videos/we-dont-own-a-dog-c4-random-act/. Dorfman tours an evening of solos and duets, Live Sax Acts, with dear friend/collaborator Dan Froot, most recently in New York City and at the Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe. As a performer, he toured internationally with Kei Takei’s Moving Earth and Susan Marshall & Co. Dorfman hails from Chicago and holds a BS in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis (1977), and an MFA in dance from Connecticut College (1981). Dorfman continually thanks the late Daniel Nagrin and the indomitable Martha Myers, for being his dance mom and dad; and his late parents, Oscar and Jeanette for inspiring him to dance to heal and instilling the importance of a good joke; and his in-house “Family Project”, Lisa and Samson, for sharing with him the practice of unconditional love.