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David Dorfman Dance Leads Community Art-Making Workshop

David Dorfman Dance Leads Community Art-Making Workshop

Ani Javian | Jan 22, 2018

Community Art-Making Workshop
W/ David Dorfman Dance

Friday Jan 26, 3:30–5 p.m., with reception and open-rehearsal directly following
Shirley Wimmer Dance Theatre
Putnam Hall

On Friday, January 26th, from 3:30-5:00 p.m., David Dorfman, Kendra Portier, and Jasmine Hearn will lead a Community Art-Making workshop for the College of Fine Arts, Ohio University, and Athens communities. They will share information about the company’s extensive repertoire of work that focuses on community engagement and engages in cultural exchange (see details below). Part-discussion, part-movement—participation is optional but recommended! This workshop is open to dancers and non-dancers, those who have interest in community engagement, and those who wish to partake in the powerful potential of movement!

At the core of this project is an ongoing commitment to engaging our students and communities in work that honors difference, is engaged in cultural exchange, and values open dialogue.

Please leave ample time for parking. Available parking within walking distance to Putnam Hall includes two metered spots behind Putnam Hall, a handful of metered spots “up the hill” on East State Street (in front of Memorial Auditorium), and many on Court Street. There is also a garage at the intersection of College and Washington (entrance is on Washington) - higher levels allow for longer parking periods.

For further information contact Ani Javian, Lecturer of Dance, and Program Coordinator, Summer Dance Institute, at


David Dorfman Dance Community Workshop 2018



In advocating his mission “to get the whole world dancing,” Dorfman’s work has enjoyed broad and diverse audiences nationally and internationally. DDD 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. 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 and debate about social change and a myriad of other topics.

DDD has effectively engaged audiences worldwide with community-based projects playing an important role. DDD is known for engaging groups from corporate executives and “at-risk” youths to college administrators, doctors, carpenters, and social dance enthusiasts. The company’s community projects have been presented over 30 times in 18 states and two foreign countries.

Some highlights of DDD’s most impressive community engagement résumé include:

Featured company in DanceMotion USA, a program of the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. In this program, they toured Turkey, Tajikistan, and Armenia, and collaborated with international communities to create an evening-length meditation on reconciliation which premiered to sold-out houses at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Fishman Space in August 2014, and toured Armenia and Turkey in 2015. While on this tour, DDD met the challenge of access and inclusion with young Muslim women who, although not allowed to dance, became active writers, observers, and verbal participants.

In the summer of 2016, the company returned from a landmark tour to Athens, Greece, working with community athletes, dancers and mixed ability movers to animate the new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.

In two choreographic works, Out of Season (The Athletes Project) and Familiar Movements (The Family Project), company members rehearsed and performed with groups of volunteer athletes and family members selected in the communities to which the company toured.

In No Roles Barred, DDD examined the personal roles assumed, formed, and interwoven in our modern social constructs.

Dorfman 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, culminating in DDD’s, underground, which toured for four years engaging community dance casts in each venue.

We believe that the core of this project is  an ongoing commitment to exposing our students to work that honors difference, is engaged in cultural exchange, and values open dialogue.


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