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 20/21)

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 originial 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.

The company is currently seeking commissioning partners and developmental residency opportunities. Contact Pentacle for details.

 

>> 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

  • 08.17.2019

    Aroundtown

    Dancers' Workshop

    Jackson, WY

  • 04.24.2020

    In the RAW: A(Way) Out of My Body

    UAlbany PAC

    Albany, NY

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