David Dorfman Dance Company

David Dorfman Dance Company

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Summer Dance Institute presents David Dorfman Dance Company

The Dance Division presents guest artists David Dorfman Dance company, as part of the Summer Dance Institute, performing “Aroundtown,” a low-tech, high impact performance, their latest work-in-progress, Saturday June 24 at 7 p.m. in the Shirley Wimmer Dance Theater, Putnam Hall.

Fresh from a Creative Development Residency at Jacob’s Pillow Dance/The Lumberyard (formerly ADI), on its way to a premiere at the Bates Dance Festival and recently included in the new season at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in November, this performance of “Aroundtown” is a chance to catch world class New York City dance right here in Athens, Ohio.

The first ever Summer Dance Institute, June 18-30, is a two-week intensive dance and movement workshop series led by nationally celebrated guest company David Dorfman Dance. Participants will engage in daily classes in technique, composition, repertory and other elective topics. Nightly activities will include open David Dorfman Dance rehearsals, wellness workshops, improv jams and more.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Ani Javian is coordinating the summer institute and excited to bring Dorfman’s company to Athens for the first program of its kind to be offered through the Dance Division.

“By bringing a world class company like Dorfman’s to Athens, we hope to provide the opportunity for our students, faculty and the dance community in the region to experience something new, to be challenged and stretched in ability and imagination,” said Javian.

Since 1987, David Dorfman Dance has promoted the appreciation and critical understanding of dance by realizing the creation of new works. In advocating his mission “to get the whole world dancing,” Dorfman’s work has enjoyed broad and diverse audiences across the country 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.

He describes his company’s approach to intensive workshops as non-traditional. “It’s team taught and collaborative, using a combination of text and movement. We include impromptu writing exercises along with group movement, often asking for participants feedback along the way.”

Company artists leading workshops include David Dorfman, Lisa Race, Aya Wilson, Simon Thomas-Train, Kendra Portier, Nik Owens, Jordan Demetrius Lloyd and Jasmine Hearn.

The workshops are aimed at inclusiveness, and are open to a wide range of skill levels from professionals to amateurs with an interest in dance and movement studies.

“We have so much to teach each other that it’s like a round robin, each of us teaching the other over and over again. There’s always going to be a point where you want to do two things: bring those who aren’t confident in their abilities to learn from those who are more experienced, and provide intense experiences to more experienced people through engagement with others,” said Dorfman.

“I like to say, if people were dancing more, they’d be hurting and killing less.”

“Aroundtown” (David Dorfman Dance)
A low-tech, high impact performance of an in-progress work
Saturday June 24, at 7 p.m.
Shirley Wimmer Dance Theater
Putnam Hall, Ohio University
Q & A and reception directly following the performance

Conceived and Directed by: David Dorfman

Choreography and Text by: David Dorfman, Jasmine Hearn, Jordan Lloyd, Nik Owens, Kendra Portier, Simon Thomas-Train, and Aya Wilson
Guest Performer: Lisa Race
Musical Director: Sam Crawford
Composers: Sam Crawford, Zeb Gould, and Liz de Lise
Performing Musicians: Sam Crawford and Liz de Lise
Costume Designer: Ásta Hostetter


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