David Dorfman Dance



Since its founding in 1985, David Dorfman Dance has performed extensively in New York City and throughout North and South America, Great Britain, and Europe, most recently in St. Petersburg and Krasnoyarsk in Russia and Bytom and Cracow in Poland. David Dorfman and the company’s dancers and artistic collaborators have been honored with eight New York Dance and Performance ("Bessie") Awards.


Come, and Back Again
The raw ferocity of David Dorfman's Come, and Back Again illustrates human mistakes, joy, and romance - in simpler words - it's about mortality. Dorfman looks at the interaction between humans and their memories, whilst translating vulnerability and the human being's fragile existence into a controlled dance/musical piece on stage. 

The most powerful aspect of his work resides in how the dancers utilize their bodies to define their commitment to the dance, as if their lives depended upon it. The piece shifts through literal motions and story-telling, contrasted with moments of figurative gestures that hint at emotions. Sometimes dancers assist one another, other times they sprint away irrationally - the piece overflows with volatility, but there is always a gravitational pull between the dancers.

Dorfman integrates music by punk legend and queer activist Benjamin Smoke, who's music is coined with rawness, purity, and even mystical force. His band, "Smoke," experiments with less grungy punk, and uses banjos and cellos for a fresh twist. Live music will combine with snippets of poetry, and art installations from Brooklyn-based sculptor Jonah Emerson-Bell (in collaboration with Caledonia "Swoon" Curry) to complement the dance piece. Come, and Back Again will challenge us to question ourselves, how do we live with less, and what do we do with our mess? -Dorfman. But perhaps more importantly, the piece really speaks to how we can search and create triumph through our broken personas and emotional losses.

Prophets of Funk, the company’s newest project, previews at Vanderbilt University in September 2010, and through the generous support of National Dance Project/NEFA will be performed across the country, including the Carpenter Performing Arts Center at California State University - Long Beach in April 2011. Prophets of Funk is a dynamic engagement of movement driven by the popular - and populist - funk sounds of Sly and the Family Stone.

Community-based projects have played an important role in the life of the company. In Out of Season (The Athletes Project) and Familiar Movements (The Family Project), the members of the company rehearse and perform with groups of volunteer athletes or family members selected in the communities to which the company tours. In No Roles Barred, David Dorfman Dance examines the personal roles assumed, formed and interwoven in our modern social construct. This project has been wildly successful with groups ranging from corporate executives and “at-risk” youths to college administrators, doctors, carpenters and social dance enthusiasts. No Roles Barred continues to advance David Dorfman’s goal to “get the whole world dancing.” The company’s three community projects have been presented over 30 times in 18 states and two foreign countries. 

Performances and residencies during the 2011-2012 season include Coker College, Hartsville, SC; East Carolina University, Greensville, NC; University of North Carolina, Wilmington, NC; University of Memphis, TN; American Dance Institute, Rockville, MD; and North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

David Dorfman Dance has been company-in-residence at Connecticut College since 2007.

 

 
Kate Enman

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Prophets of Funk

Kate Enman

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Prophets of Funk

Kate Enman

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Kate Enman
Prophets of Funk

Kate Enman

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Kate Enman
Prophets of Funk

Kate Enman

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Kate Enman
Prophets of Funk

Kate Enman

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Prophets of Funk

Kate Enman

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Prophets of Funk

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underground

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Residency Activities at Duke University

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Disavowal

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Residency Activities at Duke University

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Disavowal