Multimedia Dance Piece by David Dorfman Recalling Benjamin Smoke Gets Sneak Preview at MASS MoCA

David Dorfman MASS MoCA(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.)- Come, And Back Again, a new multimedia work by David Dorfman Dance, featuring five dancers, a rock band, a junk sculpture partially built by the audience – and video projections will be stage on Thursday, October 10, 2013, at 8pm in the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA, prior to its fall premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Next Wave Festival.

Driven by the charged ferocity and poetry of punk, and inspired by 1990s Atlanta-based underground-rock band Smoke (fronted by the late Benjamin Smoke, subject of a famous eponymous documentary film), Come, And Back Again, according to Dorfman, “is an ode to how we as humans navigate our existence and the range of sensations that that entails.” Dorfman’s newest work is set to arrangements of Smoke’s music performed live by Brooklyn-based musician Sam Crawford and his band. Video artist Shawn Hove and Brooklyn-based sculptor Jonah Emerson-Bell, in collaboration with street artist and MASS MoCA alum Caledonia “Swoon” Curry, supply the environment in which Dorfman’s vision unfolds. During this truly collaborative work, the audience is encouraged to contribute to the ‘junk sculpture’ built within the performance.

Among his many honors, dancer and choreographer David Dorfman can count a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, four National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and three New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships.  Widely commissioned, Dorfman’s works have been produced and performed at New York City venues ranging from the Joyce Theater to the Kitchen and the Dance Theater Workshop. David Dorfman Dance has performed throughout three continents and is the recipient of eight “Bessie” Awards.

In addition to his role as artistic director of David Dorfman Dance, Dorfman has been a guest artist at numerous institutions across the country and abroad. He has toured internationally with Kei Takei’s Moving Earth and Susan Marshall & Co., and is currently the Professor of Dance and Department Chair at Connecticut College.

The David Dorfman Dance residency is only one of the many new works to be developed through MASS MoCA’s ongoing fabrication and rehearsal residency programs.  Since its founding in 2000, MASS MoCA has facilitated the production of more than 80 major new works of art and more than 50 performances.

David Dorfman Dance will perform Come, And Back Again in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center on Thursday, October 10, at 8 PM. Full bar, plus dinner and snacks from Lickety Split, are available before and during the show. General admission tickets are $15. Student tickets are $10. Members receive a 10% discount. Tickets are available through the MASS MoCA Box Office, located on Marshall Street in North Adams, from 11 am until 5 pm (closed Tuesdays). Tickets can also be charged by phone by calling 413.662.2111 x1 during Box Office hours or purchased online at MASS MoCA.

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