David Dorfman Dance announces the world premiere of A(Way) Out of My Body at Connecticut College’s onStage Guest Artist Series February 7 & 8. The premiere, which represents a new era for the dance company as it enters its 4th decade of making dances, uses “out of body” experience as a metaphor for our times and our body politic. The dancers propel themselves through space and time, attempting to pass the barrier of reality and personal plight into the realm of positivity and growth. This collective story of searching for personal “truths” among fantastical sensations is seen through breath-taking lighting and visual design by the brilliant theater maker Andrew Schneider, highlighting the otherworldly-ness of our dreams, desires, our every day, and new worlds awaiting us. The performances feature a four piece band performing music written especially for the piece. The Friday, February 7 performance is followed by a Q&A. Saturday evening’s performance features a “Premiere After-Party” with an additional ticket charge benefiting the Connecticut dance company. Details of the party will follow with tickets available on the Company’s website. A Fall 2020 New York City premiere follows this Connecticut premiere.
Choreographer and Dancer David Dorfman received his MFA from Connecticut College in 1981 and returned as Professor in 2004, with David Dorfman Dance becoming the school’s Company-in-Residence in 2007. Connecticut College’s President Katherine Bergeron awarded Professor Dorfman the Award for Creative Impact this past spring. She invites all to “experience the transformative power of art” through the College’s onStage series.
Since its founding in 1987, David Dorfman Dance (DDD) has performed extensively throughout North and South America, Great Britain, Europe and Central Asia. DDD has regularly performed 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, The Duke on 42nd Street, The Met Breuer, and the 92nd St. “Y”/Harkness Dance Festival. David Dorfman, the company’s dancers, and DDD’s artistic collaborators have been honored with eight New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards. The Company has embarked on “kinetic diplomacy” tours in El Salvador and Panama over the past two years. David Dorfman is a 2019 US Artists Fellow in Dance.
A(Way) features collaborating dance makers David Dorfman, Lily Gelfand, Doug Gillespie, Jordan Lloyd, Kellie Ann Lynch, Lisa Race, and Myssi Robinson. The original score is composed and played live by the David Dorfman Dance house band Sam Crawford, Zeb Gould, Jeff Hudgins and Connecticut College Alum Liz de Lise. Friday, February 7 at 7:30pm, and Saturday, February 8 at 2pm and 7:30pm. Myers Studio, 3rd Floor, Crozier Williams Building at Connecticut College. For tickets ($12 student, $21 senior, $24 regular) and more information, please visit:https://www.conncoll.edu/arts-culture/onstage-at-connecticut-college/guest-artist-series/ ; 860-439-ARTS