Magazine article Dance Magazine

DTW Passes Three Big Milestones

Magazine article Dance Magazine

DTW Passes Three Big Milestones

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NEW YORK CITY--Dance Theater Workshop (DTW), one of New York City's most important venues for aspiring modern dance artists, was founded thirty years ago, in 1965, by choreographers Jeff Duncan, Jack Moore, and Art Bauman as a place to make and show their own work and that of other young dancemakers whose budgets made producing at large theaters prohibitive. During the 1994--95 season DTW celebrates this anniversary as well as the twentieth anniversary of its artistic director, David White, and the tenth anniversary of the National Performance Network (NPN), an alliance of small dance and performance presenters.

By 1975 DTW had outgrown the Chelsea loft where it began. It also needed a full-time manager, and White--an erstwhile dancer with a knack for organization and a desire to increase the visibility of modern dance--assumed the role. Under his direction the fragile coalition of loosely affiliated companies acquired a solid organizational structure and funding from both private and public sources.

Banding together to share production costs was an idea whose time had come. White also realized that a coalition of small troupes could capture more public attention for chamber dance and dispel the notion that it was just a poor person's version of grand intentions. Upstairs above the Economy Tires factory on West 19th Street, DTW took over the premises of the American Theater Laboratory, an intimate black-box theater, and produced three four-week series in its first season at the new location in 1976. …

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