>> 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.
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
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
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.
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
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.