Since its founding in 1985, David Dorfman Dance (DDD) has sought to promote the understanding and appreciation of dance by facilitating the creation of new work by choreographer David Dorfman and his artistic collaborators. Keeping in line with Dorfman’s personal mission “to get the whole world dancing”, his work has been presented to broad and diverse audiences nationally and internationally. With the 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 and incite audiences in dialogue, debate, and social change.
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, and The Duke on 42nd Street. 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. DDD offers technique and repertory classes, performance and creation workshops, as well as lectures and demonstrations in each city where the company tours.
David Dorfman's latest work, Prophets of Funk, had its first public presentation at Vanderbilt University in September 2010 and official premiere on February 4th, 2011 at Connecticut College. Following the premiere, Prophets of Funk has toured throughout the United States to Contemporary Dance Theater, Inc. Cincinnati (OH), World Music/CRASHArts, Cambridge (MA), Carpenter Performing Arts Center, California State University, Long Beach (CA), Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Becket (MA), and Bates Dance Festival, Lewiston, (ME). Additionally, DDD was able to perform live with The Family Stone during Lincoln Center Out of Doors, New York (NY) in a new iteration of this project: Prophets of Funk – Concert Edition. Other recent creative projects include: Disavowal (inspired by radical abolitionist John Brown, premiered September 2008); underground (inspired by The Weather Underground, appeared in 2006 at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival); Older Testaments (2005, set to music by composer/trumpeter Frank London of The Klezmatics); Lightbulb Theory (2004, original commissioned score by Michael Wall); and See Level (2003, original commissioned score by Chris Peck and visual design by Samuel Topiary).
DAVID DORFMAN DANCE will tour the region in 2014:
Acadiana Center for the Arts | Lafayette, LA April 2, 2014 – Residency activities April 3, 2014 – Residency activities April 4, 2014 – Residency activities and evening public performance with talk back. April 5, 2014 – Evening public performance with talk back