Magazine article Dance Magazine

David Dorfman Dance

Magazine article Dance Magazine

David Dorfman Dance

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If you happen to glimpse David Dorfman in civilian gear, you might wonder, ex-collegiate linebacker? Mid-level executive? His prosaic, portly frame won't ignite more exotic musings. But if you happen to catch Dorfman in his rightful milieu, on a stage, you'll immediately seize upon the surprising truth of the matter. For Dorfman, the performer, is fleet, forceful, unafraid, and Dorfman, the choreographer, displays a lithe, quirky wit and a delicate whimsy spun out through movement that is often chaotically original.

With two abstract works, Dorfman ventured back to dance in its original function--a communal enterprise, a means of human interaction and popular expression. Kilter (1993) briefly traces the whipping, flailing antics of a merry tribe. Hey, a premiere, significantly elaborates on the group dynamics. Huddled in a circle, the dancers affirm their bond. Implacable, they cast one from their midst. Rejoicing, they rush toward one another, twirling in pairs and stopping abruptly to plant happy kisses, first on this cheek, then on that. …

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