Posted: November 1, 2002
VT - The David Dorfman Dance Company helped launch Middlebury College's
Center for the Arts (CFA) a decade ago. To celebrate its 10th anniversary,
the center is featuring return visits this year by many favorites, including
David Dorfman Dance for two performances, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15
and 16, both at 8 p.m., in the CFA Dance Theatre located on South Main
Street (Route 30).
Known for athleticism and a wry tone, maverick choreographer David Dorfman and his company will perform two pieces. In "To Lie Tenderly," Dorfman explores the idea that movement can lie. In "Subverse," he recounts memories of the New York dance club scene of the late 1970s and 1980s. In addition to its namesake, the company consists of five members, including Paul Matteson, a 2000 Middlebury graduate and winner of a 2002 Bessie-a New York Dance and Performance Award.
Earlier this year, the company performed both works in Seattle. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer wrote that the productions "showcase a mature artist whose ability to interweave stunning visual images with an exuberant sense of fun is firmly rooted. For almost 20 years now, David Dorfman has been refining his prodigious talent. It is profoundly rewarding and incredibly exciting to see him hit his mark dead on."
Dorfman's approach onstage offers a new perspective. The audience can expect dancers to speak, musicians to dance, and dancers to play instruments as they move. The look of Dorfman's company is far from the glamorous ideal of the dance world. Instead, its members strive for individuality that more closely resembles everyday people.
Since it formed in 1985, the company has amassed an impressive list of critical honors, including seven Bessie awards. Dorfman himself has been the recipient of four fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and an American Choreographer's Award. The company has performed and collaborated extensively in New York City, where it is based, as well as across North and South America, Great Britain and Europe.
Dorfman is also an avid collaborator who frequently works as a guest artist at institutions across the United States and abroad, including the American Dance Festival, Scottish Youth Dance, the University of Colorado and New York University. His teaching efforts range from college campuses to corporate workshops, all with the purpose of stretching people's conventional ideas of dance and its participants. "I want to put life onstage," he told The Miami Herald.
He did just that in a series of community-based projects in recent years. To much critical and popular acclaim, Dorfman reached out to a host of different volunteer groups in cities across America-athletes, family members, young people and professionals. In each case, the company worked intensively for a couple of weeks with people who had never danced onstage before, presenting a work at the end of each project.
David Dorfman Dance is sponsored
by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series, the Center for the Arts,
and the Department of Theatre and Dance.
Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors. For tickets or information, contact the College box office at 802-443-6433. Online tickets or information are available at http://www.middlebury.edu/cfa.