David Neumann Premieres New Solo Works at MASS MoCA's Hunter Center Tonight
Interdisciplinary choreographer David Neumann will present an evening of solos tonight, April 26 at 8pm at MASS MoCA's Hunter Center for the Performing Arts. A co-presentation by Jacob's Pillow Dance and MASS MoCA, the retrospective evening spans Neumann's career from his first choreographic endeavor, DOSE, to his current work-in-progress, I Understand Everything Better. The program, also including tough the tough (redux) (2008) and You Are In Control (2009), captures Neumann's exploration of lines between theatre and dance, audience and performer, movement and voice, mundane and theatrical.
Ella Baff, Executive and Artistic Director of Jacob's Pillow, comments, "David colors outside the lines and makes the boundaries of dance and theatre irrelevant. He's smart and witty. He is a compelling performer - someone we warm up to, because he knows the pitfalls, pratfalls and triumphs of life."
As Artistic Director of New York City-based Advanced Beginner Group, David Neumann has presented work at a number of prominent venues, including previous engagements at the Jacob's Pillow Season Opening Gala and a Jacob's Pillow world premiere on shared program with choreographer Jodi Melnick, both in 2011. He previously performed in the Berkshires in 2007, at MASS MoCA. In response to Neumann's work Claudia La Rocco of The New York Times comments, "By now the line on Mr. Neumann is well established: He is the smart joker of dance. What's not said as often is how deeply felt and deeply moving his work can be." As both a performer and choreographer, he works in theatre, opera and film, and is a renowned teacher having served on the faculties of NYU, Yale, and Barnard. He is currently a tenured professor at Sarah Lawrence College. In addition to his collaborations with such directors as Hal Hartley, Laurie Anderson, Lee Breuer, and JoAnn Akalaitis, he has created two duets for himself and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Neumann and his company have received four Bessie Awards and a number of grants, including Creative Capital, BUILD, and MAP funds. Most recently, he was awarded a 2011 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award for Dance and a 2013 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Choreography.