Center for the Arts Welcomes David Dorfman Dance

Posted: March 12, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

David Dorfman’s daredevil company dives and leaps as if gravity didn’t exist and the world was upside down and inside out. The company makes its George Mason debut this evening at 8 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The dance group will “sneak preview” two new world premieres, Light Bulb Theory and Impending Joy.

In Light Bulb Theory, Dorfman and dancers Heather McArdle, Paul Matteson, Jennifer Nugent, and Joseph Paulson journey through a land of the helpless and the helpful, moving to an original piano score derived from pop classics like “Moon River” and played live by composer Michael Wall. The dancers observe that timeless folly of waiting for the “perfect moment.” Impending Joy, set to a commissioned electronic score played live by Chris Peck, uses fractured movements to explore the emotional fallout after a crisis, in the moment just before everything becomes all right.

David Dorfman is the recipient of four National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, three New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships, an American Choreographer’s Award, and a New York Dance and Performance Award. His choreography has been produced at venues ranging from the Brooklyn Academy of Music and The Joyce Theater in New York, to the Bedlam Dance Company in London. Dorfman has appeared as guest artist with numerous companies and institutions. His company has been performing since 1985 and is known for its fruitful collaborations with contemporary composers and visual artists.

An artistic discussion, free to ticket holders, is held 45 minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier. Tickets are $40, $32, and $20. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit

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