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About The CompanySince 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.
Prophets of Funk, the company’s newest project, previewed at Vanderbilt University in September 2010, and premiere at Connecticut College on February 4th, 2011 through the generous support of National Dance Project/NEFA. The work is currently toured across the country and has been performed 34 times in 24 venues in 11 different states to date including a six night sold-out run at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, The Joyce Theater in NYC, and at Lincoln Center Out of Doors where the Company performed to the live music of the Family Stone in 2011. Prophets of Funk is a dynamic engagement of movement driven by the popular - and populist - funk sounds of Sly and the Family Stone. Other recent creative projects include Disavowal, inspired by the life and legacy of radical abolitionist John Brown, premiered in Chicago in September 2008 and premiered in New York at Danspace Project/St. Mark’s Church in May 2009, underground, which received its New York premiere in 2006 during the company’s second appearance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival (following performances at the American Dance Festival, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and tours around the world); Older Testaments, to music by composer/trumpeter Frank London of The Klezmatics; Lightbulb Theory, to an original commissioned score by Michael Wall; and A Cure for Gravity, set to music by popular composer and recording artist Joe Jackson.
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.
David Dorfman Dance has been company-in-residence at Connecticut College since 2007.