Monday, December 29, 2008

Connecticut -- David Dorfman

Connecticut – David Dorfman
David Dorfman, artistic director of his vainly named company 1985 to present, is now also William Meredith Professor of Dance and Chair at Connecticut College (since 2004). He received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2005 to continue his research and choreography in the topics of power and powerlessness, including activism, dissidence and underground movements. His research culminated in underground, performed by David Dorfman Dance and 25 additional dancers, which had its world premiere at the ADF in June 2006, had its NYC premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival in Nov. 2006 to conclude DDD’s 20th Anniversary season and continues to tour internationally. Dorfman has received 4 fellowships from the NEA, 3 New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships, an American Choreographer’s Award, the first Paul Taylor Fellowship from The Yard, a 1996 “Bessie” for his community-based dance Familiar Movements/The Family Project, a 2003 Barrymore Award for best choreography for the original musical Green Violin - Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia, and in 2007 received the Mid-Career Award from the Martha Hill Fund for Dance. Disavowal, DDD’s newest creation, inspired by the legend of John Brown/radical abolitionist, premiered at The Dance Center of Columbia College in Chicago in Sep. of 2008 and will tour extensively before coming to Danspace Project for it’s NYC premiere May 21-24, 2009.
photo by Vincent A. Scarano

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