About The Company
Since its founding in 1987, David Dorfman Dance (DDD) has promoted the appreciation and critical understanding of dance by realizing the creation of new works by choreographer David Dorfman and his artistic collaborators. In advocating his mission “to get the whole world dancing,” Dorfman’s work has enjoyed broad and diverse audiences nationally and internationally. Dorfman creates dance that seeks to de-stigmatize the notion of accessibility and interaction in post-modern dance by embracing audiences with visceral, meaningful dance, music and text. By sustaining a vision to create innovative, inclusive, movement-based performance that is radically humanistic, DDD maintains a core commitment to examine and unearth issues and ideas that enliven, incite, and excite audiences in dialogue and debate about social change and a myriad of other topics.
DDD has performed extensively throughout North and South America, Great Britain, Europe, and in New York City at major venues, including The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Joyce Theater, The Kitchen, Danspace Project/St. Mark’s Church, La Mama Theater, The Duke on 42nd Street, and the 92nd St. “Y”/Harkness Dance Festival. David Dorfman, the company’s dancers, and DDD’s artistic collaborators have been honored with eight New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards. For over twenty-five years, DDD has effectively engaged audiences worldwide, with community-based projects playing an important role, particularly in the 1990’s. In Out of Season (The Athletes Project) and Familiar Movements (The Family Project), the members of the company rehearsed and performed with groups of volunteer athletes or family members selected in the communities to which the company toured. In No Roles Barred, DDD examined the personal roles assumed, formed and interwoven in our modern social construct. These projects have been enjoyed not only by athletes and family members but also by groups ranging from corporate executives and “at-risk” youths to college administrators, doctors, carpenters and social dance enthusiasts. The company’s three community projects have been presented over 30 times in 18 states and two foreign countries.
Come, and Back Again, DDD’s newest company dance, is an evening length elegiac exploration of the virtuosity of daily life, vulnerability, and mortality. Driven by the charged poetry and unapologetic, raw ferocity of the underground 90’s Atlanta band “Smoke,” five dancers and a band of musicians embark on a kinetic anthem of reckless personal abandon - taking on time, and how memory influences and manages our slippery, elastic existence.
Come, and Back Again was commissioned and had its New York premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s prestigious Next Wave Festival in October 2013. The work is now a featured part of the Company’s touring repertoire.
Other recent creative projects include: Prophets of Funk which is currently touring nationally and internationally (inspired by the popular and populist music of Sly and the Family Stone); Disavowal (inspired by radical abolitionist John Brown); underground (inspired by The Weather Underground); Older Testaments(2005, set to music by composer/trumpeter Frank London of The Klezmatics); Lightbulb Theory (2004, original commissioned score by Michael Wall); Impending Joy (2004, original commissioned score by Chris Peck); and See Level (2003, original commissioned score by Chris Peck and visual design by Samuael Topiary).
DDD is Company-in-Residence at Connecticut College, has its own Summer Intensive at the college, a Winter Intensive at Gina Gibney Dance in NYC, and appears annually at the Tisch School of the Arts Dance Summer Residency Program at New York University.
DDD has taken Come, and Back Again to Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, to Montgomery County Community College in Bluebell, PA, to the Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, ME, to the Loeb Playhouse at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, and will play the Quick Center at Fairfield University, CT in November of this year. Prophets of Funk toured to Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Louisiana as part of a Dance Touring Initiative/South Arts presentation in April 2014, visited Swarthmore College, PA in February 2015 and is headed University of Florida in November as well. (DDD is the only company asked back for a second tour by DTI/South Arts.)
DDD remounted Lightbulb Theory and Impending Joy as part DanceMotion USA, a program of the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and toured Turkey, Tajikistan, and Armenia in April/May of 2014. In July/August 2014 at Bates Dance Festival as part of DanceMotion USA’s US-based residency, DDD collaborated with Korhan Basaran and a company of rising stars of Istanbul and Armenia’s growing contemporary dance scene to create UNSETTLED, an evening-length meditation on reconciliation which premiered to sold-out houses at BAM’s Fishman Space August 14-16, and toured Armenia and Turkey in Spring 2015.