Choreographer and Dance Activist David Dorfman has been making movement-based dance theater since graduating with an MFA in Dance from Connecticut College in 1981. In 1987 he founded David Dorfman Dance in New York City with the intention of creating politically and socially relevant work. DDD has toured the world from Tajikistan to El Salvador. Closer to home, 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, NYU Skirball, The Duke on 42nd Street, The Met Breuer, and the 92ndSt. “Y”/Harkness Dance Festival. The company currently tours “(A)Way Out of My Body” which is inspired by out-of-body experiences; and in 2024 premieres TRUCE, a new evening-length work about healing and the possible reincarnation of trust. A life-long educator, David has been a professor at Connecticut College since 2004 where DDD is Company-in-Residence. David choreographed Broadway’s “Indecent,” for which he was given a Lortel for its Off-Broadway run, and has also received a 2019 USA Fellowship in Dance, a Guggenheim, 4 NEA fellowships and a Bessie. In his copious spare time, he has co-created and toured internationally a body of tragi-comic physical theater with dear friend Dan Froot, entitled “Live Sax Acts” – and he continues to dance profusely with wife Lisa Race and son Samson Race Dorfman. David is thrilled to return to ADF and gleefully considers it one of our country’s longest running support/growth systems for emerging artists.
Photo by Miles Ladin