Artistic Director of David Dorfman Dance since 1985, Dorfman has been honored with four fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, three New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships, an American Choreographer’s Award, the first Paul Taylor Fellowship from The Yard, and a 1996 Bessie for The Family Project. His choreography has been produced in New York City at venues ranging from the BAM Next Wave Festival to The Kitchen, The Joyce Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project/St. Mark’s Church, P.S. 122 and Dancing in the Streets. His work has been commissioned widely in the U.S. and in Europe, most recently by Bedlam Dance Company (London), d9 Dance Collective (Seattle), and the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia for the musical Green Violin, for which he won a 2003 Barrymore Award for best choreography. Works Lightbulb Theory and Impending Joy toured Tajikistan, Turkey and Armenia this year through DanceMotion USA, the U.S. Department of State, and BAM.
David Dorfman indebted to Martha Myers, Daniel Nagrin, Oscar and Jeanette Dorfman, and Lisa Race/Samson Race Dorfman.
Since its founding in 1985, 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 and add a positive challenge to audiences. 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, 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. Recent creative projects include Come, and Back Again, (driven by the charged poetry and unapologetic, raw ferocity of the underground 90s Atlanta band “Smoke,” BAM’s Next Wave Festival 2013, currently touring); Prophets of Funk (inspired by the popular and populist music of Sly and the Family Stone, onstage at Connecticut College, 2011, currently touring); Disavowal (inspired by radical abolitionist John Brown, Dance Center Columbia College, Chicago, 2008); underground (inspired by The Weather Underground, ADF, 2006); Older Testaments (set to music by composer/trumpeter Frank London of The Klezmatics, The Joyce, 2005); Lightbulb Theory (original commissioned score by Michael Wall, The Duke on 42nd St, 2004); Impending Joy (original commissioned score by Chris Peck, The Duke on 42nd St, 2004); and See Level ( original commissioned score by Chris Peck and visual design by Samuael Topiary, The Kitchen, 2003). DDD is Company-in-Residence at Connecticut College, has its own Summer Intensive at the college, a Winter Intensive in NYC, and appears annually at the Tisch School of the Arts Dance Summer Residency Program at New York University.
DDD remounted Lightbulb Theory and Impending Joy as part of 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. As a part of DanceMotion USA, DDD collaborated with KorhanBasaran and a company of rising stars of Istanbul and Armenia’s growing contemporary dance scene, in July at Bates Dance Festival. This collaboration led to the premiere of UNSETTLEDat BAM’s Fishman Space in August, and is set to tour internationally in 2015 and beyond. DDD has recently embarked on a rehearsal process for a new work inspired by the classic French film “Umbrellas of Cherbourg.”