DAVID DORFMAN DANCE

In 1987, David Dorfman founded David Dorfman Dance (DDD) with the intention of creating politically and socially relevant dance work. Now, 30 years later, David has become a mentor and inspiration to a new generation of dancers and choreographers while continuing his lifelong mission of kinetic diplomacy. Creating works that hit at heart of the human condition while radiating joy from our collective humanity, to experience a David Dorfman Dance performance is to witness a belief and lifelong dedication to the resilience of community and the human spirit. 

(A)Way Out Of My Body (Premiering 2021)

Running time: TBD (Performed with live music)
Conceived and Directed by David Dorfman
Visual Designer: Andrew Schneider
Original Score: Samuel Crawford, Jeff Hudgins, Liz de Lise
Costumes: Oana Botez

Where do our minds and spirits travel when the weight of everyday life becomes an unbearable load to carry? (A)Way Out of My Body investigates the out-of-body experience as related to intergenerational trauma, and the mental burden and physical impact of surviving personal adversity. Collaborating for the first time with Obie-Award winning, interactive electronics artist Andrew Schneider, David and his company of dancers and musicians weave together movement, live original music, technology and theater for a deeply personal, engaging evening-length dance, inviting audiences on an exploration of their own resilience and capacity for joy when overcoming physical and societal limitations.

Through a partnership with a national trauma center dedicated in assisting survivors of mental and physical trauma, DDD will develop a curriculum of multigenerational, movement-based workshops for those coping with trauma with the goal of putting art at the center of the healing process.

David Dorfman Dance Highlights Program*

Sourcing the vast archives of David Dorfman Dance, the company works with the presenting venue to create a program tailored to meet reduced running time and personnel restrictions set by the venue. Highlighting DDD’s mission to emphasize the importance of joy, resilience, and community program excerpt offerings may include adaptations from beloved works including Aroundtown, (A)Way Out of My Body and Prophets of Funk among others.

*Social Distanced Programming: Indoor and Outdoor Performance, Small Cast

VIRTUAL PRESENTATIONS

BEHIND-THE-SCENES: Making (A)Way Out of My Body

A behind-the-scenes look into the choreographic process and themes behind David Dorfman’s newest work “A(Way) Out Of My Body.” Brief excerpts of the work are screened and discussed with company members and collaborators which may include multimedia artist Andrew Schneider, musicians Sam Crawford, Jeff Hudgins, Liz de Lise, and Zeb Gould. Event may include live music performance. Event may be tailored to meet the needs of presenter and their audience.

Details:

  • Technology: Zoom is required or similar platform provided by presenter.

  • Presenter to provide virtual stage manager to run the technology and stage manage the event.

  • Company requests a virtual technical rehearsal approx. two weeks before the event to run through the technology and ensure a smooth run.

  • Running time:50-60 minutes (30-40 minute presentation/talk followed by 10-20 minute Q&A.)

MOVEMENT AS A WAY OF LIFE

Virtual Visit with Choreographer David Dorfman
An intimate evening discussion with David led by (Maura Keefe, David Kyuman Kim, Melanie George) in which they walk through the decades of David’s career starting from the moment he decided to make the move from majoring in business to making dance his life’s work. He’ll share how dance has created the lens through which he seeks to make positive societal change and to heal – ultimately working to spread the word that “movement is necessary:” physical movement, societal, communal and more. The evening will inspire you to make moves of your own.

VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE with David Dorfman Dance / Collaboration in Real Time

Join David and DDD dance artists for an evening of interactive movement exploration. David and company will share insight into how the company’s motto: “Movement is Necessary” informs how they all choreograph movement for stage and life. David’s trademark style of humor combined with physical metaphor will emerge as a tool for living and inspiring others through these tumultuous times.

MAKING MOVEMENT COUNT with David Dorfman Dance

Dancers, Musicians, and You! Join David Dorfman Dance for a virtual evening of dance, music and conversation. Imagine an entire dance company comes to your home and gives you an intimate glimpse into what it means to make movement art a way of life. You’ll leave feeling inspired and charged to continue positive presence during these bizarre times. Personnel includes: David Dorfman, 5 Dancers, 2-4 Musicians.

VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS

DAVID DORFMAN DANCE MOVEMENT WORKSHOPS

Details:

  • David + 2 company members

  • Technology: Zoom

  • 25 Students Max

  • 60 minute workshop

PERFORMING CITIZENSHIP WORKSHOP

How can we acknowledge efforts of everyday people to make sense of their lives, especially in terms of struggles with forces of discrimination, alienation, violence and dehumanization? As joy is sought, how do our bodies lead the way, react, or change?

PCW is a movement-thought lab aimed at deriving how our bodies “represent” ourselves, and how the notion of representation, presence, and agency in regard to societal behaviors in general, and those attached to citizenship in particular, govern our actions – and by extension, how our actions are governed. The workshop will be collaborative and improvisational, exploring the complex relationships between thought, emotions, politics, principles, power, social inequality, and movement/dance/text.

Details:

  • One workshop or (3) three day/three workshop series option

  • David + 2 company members

  • Technology: Zoom

  • 25 Students Max

  • 60 minute workshop

Description: Class begins with movement assignments in a Zoom class to get the students moving and expressing about their bodies and their personal/societal politics. The students are then divided into Breakout Rooms to do assignments in real time with their colleagues. The assignments are recorded and then the groups come back together to watch everyone’s contributions.

Multiple workshop option: If there are multiple workshop days, then the students will receive overnight assignments that can be loaded onto a Google Drive and are watched jointly for discussion.

VIRTUAL WORKSHOP SERIES: (A)Way Into Our Bodies

How do our bodies serve as powerful conductors of emotion, strength, vulnerability and change? In this workshop students use text, movement and music to create video assignments exploring these themes

Details:

  • Two workshop series

  • David + 2 company members

  • Technology: Zoom

  • 25 Students Max

  • 60 minute workshop

Workshop #1: Our first workshop will begin with a vocal/kinetic introduction game, a movement warm up and an introduction to DDD movement concepts. We will continue with text/movement/music assignments, in Breakout Rooms, based on how our bodies serve as powerful conductors of emotion, strength, vulnerability and change in regard to the outside world and its many complexities. After completion, these short assignments will be shared with all classmates in real time. The class will end with a wrap-up discussion, and the explanation of one trio video assignment (to be posted prior to the next workshop).

Workshop #2: (same 25 students ) We will first view video assignments from the last workshop and engage in humane critique, led by all three company facilitators. A brief energized warm-up with one short dance phrase will be given, followed by one last text/movement/music improvisation done in three groups live, observed by the other two groups. A collective de-brief will conclude the two-workshop series.

Download PDF link above for additional workshops offered by company members.

>> FAQ about David Dorfman Dance’s Outreach Activities <<

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.

Master Classes

Movement is Necessary
For DDD’s newest creation, (A)Way Out of My Body, movement of our precious bodies – in any way, shape, or form – becomes all important. In our unpredictable world, filled with daily obstacles of all kinds, how do we navigate toward positive change, resilience and empathic behavior? Our answer is to dance through life with each other: safely and with magical risk appropriate for the occasion. We need to move in new directions – discover paths we have only dreamt of. By employing improvisation combined with choreographed sequences, dancers of all ages and experiences can find joy and discovery in this workshop. We will have fun! Running time: TBD

 Kinetic Diplomacy
DDD has worked throughout the world for decades combining text and movement to access personal, political, and humorous stories – blending seamlessly both literal and abstract notions of presence, equity and agency. As we continue to construct our new evening of performance, (A)Way Out of My Body, workshop participants will move, write and speak to their most pressing issues. As our intent is always to “get the whole world dancing”, to this end, no previous dance experience is required – just a willingness to explore. If we can all move together, especially with people unfamiliar to us, we can make a more empathic world in real time. Running time: TBD

ADDITIONAL MASTER CLASSES

 Moving with Momentum
(Modern/Post-Modern Technique)
Material will range in styles from release-based post-modern work connecting with the floor, to an eclectic standing modern class. Concepts such as a weighted and grounded approach to movement, harnessing the body’s momentum and force (“throwing your weight around”), varying approaches to physical contact, emphasis on intent and focus, and compositional choices through improvisation may be included. Running time 60-90 minutes.

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. Selections of Dorfman’s repertory works may be taught as aids in broadening individuals performing range. Exposure to these dances will provide a common basis for the study and discussion of different aspects of the choreographic process. Running time 60-90 minutes.

Other Topics for Classes:
Classes for Dancers: Classes are available for dance students at a variety of levels, in most styles.
Text and Movement
Improvisational Techniques
DDD Repertory
Classes for Athletes

Schooltime Matinee: (A)Way Out of My Body
This accessible program for young audiences gives students first-hand experience on dance, video, performance and the creative process. Performances can be arranged either with the students brought to the theater or as an assembly program at the school. DDD perform sections of their repertory and show how they incorporate video, innovative movement, partnering and original music into their works. Student audience participation is often included and study guides for teachers are available. Running time: 50 minutes + 10 minute Q+A Session
Grade range: Grade 6-High-School

Artist Talk / Lecture/Demonstration
Lec/Dem 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 lec/dem 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. The company also has a lecture demonstration appropriate for dance departments or dance knowledgeable audiences. This program analyzes David Dorfman’s choreography, how he makes and assembles his work, where the movement comes from, and meanings intended with the various dances. The company performs excerpts from repertory. Running time: 50 minutes + 10 minute Q+A Session

Post-performance talks also available and encouraged. Pre-show discussions/talks also available.

  • The New York Times

  • The Village Voice

  • Bloomberg News

  • 10.16.2020

    Virtual: Artist Talk: Movement As A Way Of Live

    Stockbridge Theater

    Derry, NH

  • 11.14.2020 — 11.18.2020

    Virtual: Streaming Aroundtown + Artist Talk

    DANCECleveland

    Cleveland, OH

For more information, please contact:

Sandy Garcia

Sandy Garcia

Director of Booking

212.278.8111 ext. 3425

Nathalie Matychak

Nathalie Matychak

Booking Associate

212.278.8111 ext. 3422