David Dorfman Dance Returns to the Bates Dance Festival (Jul 25 & 26) and BAM’s DanceMotion USA (Aug 14-16)

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Continuing its poignant exploration of American culture, David Dorfman Dance puts a lens on the underground music scene of the 1990s in “Come, and Back Again”. This evening-length, elegiac exploration of the virtuosity of daily life, vulnerability and mortality, will be presented at the Bates Dance Festival on Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 at 7:30pm. Featuring five dancers and five musicians, the piece embarks on a course of reckless abandon driven by the charged poetry and raw ferocity of indie, punk, and folk rock music by punk legend and queer activist Benjamin Smoke. Amid a junk-strewn set designed by Brooklyn-based sculptor Jonah Emerson-Bell, “Come, and Back Again” features projections by video artist Shawn Hove and arrangements of Smoke’s music performed live by a band led by Brooklyn-based musician Sam Crawford. Dorfman’s athletic, heroic dancers abandon themselves to the mire, exploring how time, humility, hope, and love help us manage our teetering existence. Also join us prior to Saturday’s performance for the Inside Dance: Understanding Contemporary Performance, a pre-performance talk about Dorfman’s work with dance writer Debra Cash. Sat, July 26, 7pm. Schaeffer Theatre.

For tickets to the Friday and Saturday performances (7:30pm, Schaeffer Theatre), please click HERE.

Then from August 14-16, David Dorfman Dance returns to BAM as part of the fourth season of DanceMotion USA. While touring for four weeks this past May in Armenia, Tajikistan, and Turkey, the company created a new work through a collaboration with the Turkish troupe Korhan Basaran Company and two Armenian guest artists. The work, which will be performed at BAM, features Dorfman’s progressive and community minded movement ethos combined with the innovative contemporary musical and movement styles of Korhan Başaran.

For information about the performance, please click HERE.