FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Sarah Snyder
College Park, MD— Choreographer David Dorfman explores the vulnerability, virtuosity and mortality of daily life in Come, and Back Again at the Kay Theatre at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center November 1 and 2 at 8 pm. Inspired by the stimulating poetry and unapologetic, raw ferocity of the underground 90’s Atlanta band “Smoke,” five dancers and a band of musicians create a kinetic anthem of reckless personal abandon. Dorfman plays the role of both dancer and saxophonist in this striking work that contemplates how time and memory influence and define our changeable human existence.
Join the artists for a Talk Back following the Friday, November 1 performance.
About Come, and Back Again
David Dorfman’s latest work looks at the messiness of everyday life and the ways in which we persevere. Dorfman says, “Come, and Back Again has been a lovely, twisted road of passionate pursuit for me and for the company and collaborators. We began with an adoration of poetic rock and roll as evidenced by Patti Smith among others. We’ve ended up with a dance about mess, joy, loss and survival of love at all costs.”
The piece features a junk-strewn set designed by Brooklyn-based sculptor Jonah Emerson-Bell (in collaboration with street artist Caledonia “Swoon” Curry), projections by video artist Shawn Hove and arrangements of Smoke’s music performed live by a band led by musician Sam Crawford. Additionally, UMD School of Music alum, Nick Montopoli, an accomplished violinist and musician in a local rock band, sings lead vocals.
About David Dorfman Dance
Founded in 1985, David Dorfman Dance (DDD) has promoted the appreciation and critical understanding of post-modern dance through the creation of new works by choreographer David Dorfman and his artistic collaborators. Dorfman’s mission “to get the whole world dancing” has attracted broad and diverse audiences nationally and internationally. Dorfman creates dance that de-stigmatizes the notion of accessibility and adds a positive challenge to audiences. By sustaining a vision to create innovative, inclusive, movement-based performance that is radically humanistic, DDD maintains a core commitment to examine and unearth issues and ideas that engage audiences in dialogue, debate and social change.
DDD has performed extensively throughout North and South America, Great Britain, Europe and 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 and The Duke on 42nd Street. David Dorfman, the company’s dancer, and DDD’s artistic collaborators have been honored with eight New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards.
Located on the University of Maryland campus and a part of the College of Arts and Humanities, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is a premier presenting arts venue and collaborative laboratory shared by the School of Music (SOM), the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) and the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library. The Center made its debut in 2001 and has grown into a national model for campus performing arts centers, presenting performances and programs by visiting artists as well as by students and faculty of SOM and TDPS in an environment of creative learning, exploration and growth. The Center remains active in the larger university community through its innovative partnerships and extraordinary experiences.
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Funding for the Maryland State Arts Council is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
The presentation of Come, and Back Again was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.