David Dorfman Dance Performs at Colorado State University March 23 and 24

New York artistic director David Dorfman will bring together community members from across Northern Colorado to perform a new dance and theater piece March 23 and 24 on the Colorado State University campus. The piece will be part of a full evening that will include live music and a variety of performances from the David Dorfman Dance repertoire.

The event, sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, will begin at 8 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Theatre. Tickets are $8 for the general public, $4 for students with activity card and $6 for seniors and children under 12. Tickets are available through the Lory Student Center Box Office at (970) 491-6444 and through the Lincoln Center Box Office at (970) 221-6730.

The community performance piece is part of a two-week residency with David Dorfman Dance at Colorado State. In addition to the community project, the residency will provide community members the opportunity to participate in master classes in dance technique. Classes in intermediate/advanced modern dance technique will be held from 9-11 a.m. on March 13, March 15, March 17 and March 20 in Studio 303 of the General Services Building on campus. Classes cost $7 each.

In addition, community members are invited to attend a series of free lectures, workshops and discussions. Topics include music therapy improvisation, directing techniques and community collaboration. For a schedule of these activities and more information about the David Dorfman residency, call the Colorado State Dance Office at (970) 491-6330 or visit www.colostate.edu/Colleges/LibArts/ddd.

Aspects of the community performance project will center on the building of the new University Center for the Arts and on how the center will benefit the community. The new center will be housed in the historic Fort Collins High School and will bring Colorado State’s music, theater and dance programs under one roof for the first time in university history.

Since its founding in 1985, David Dorfman Dance has performed extensively in New York City and throughout North and South America, Great Britain and Europe. During the past three seasons alone, the company presented debut engagements in Germany, Canada, Brazil, Greece and Denmark.

Community-based projects play an important role in the life of the company. David Dorfman examines the personal roles assumed, formed and interwoven in our modern society. This type of community project has been successful with groups ranging from corporate executives and at-risk youth to college administrators, doctors, carpenters and social dance enthusiasts. By the end of the 2000-2001 season, these community projects will have been presented more than 30 times in 17 states and two foreign countries.