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Mapping a Hit in New York and Charlotte

Artistic and Executive Director, choreographer, teacher and still very much principal dancer, Daniel Gwirtzman performed his signature dance solo Mapping to critical and public acclaim in March.  Says Gwirtzman, “Dancing at this pitch, at this point in my life is an amazing experience.”  The Dance Enthusiast, a critical dance site, offered the following review from ITE Inception to Exhibition‘s Second Annual Dance Festival.  “Mapping, Daniel Gwirtzman’s self-choreographed solo, differentiates itself with a lack of props, collaborators, or external distractions. A neutral white-noise soundscape and an all black costume allow the movement to speak for itself. What start as tense, balletic gestures dissolve into languid articulations. Gwirtzman systematically isolates various body parts to create a constant contrast between gentle and aggressive; harsh, clenched fists segue into the soft descent of a cheekbone to meet the floor.” Photo: Amanda MacLeod

Full review is here:

DGDC Apprentices Premiere “Go!” at Zuckerman Museum of Art

Saturday, March 14, 6-8pm, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company Apprentices, premiered Go!, a durational dance choreographed for the opening of Pause at the Zuckerman Museum of Art in Atlanta.  The dance for six, which featured dance majors at Kennesaw State University, was in continuous performance for the two-hours of the opening.

Featuring over sixty multimedia works from local and nationally-acclaimed artists, including Merce Cunningham, Andy Warhol, Dawoud Bey, Kehinde Wiley and Rineke Dijkstra, Pause focuses on contemporary ideas of stillness and artists’ attempts to change or slow time. Themes of death, time, ethnicity, gender, class and identity emerge from portraits and figures that suspend animation, stop, withdraw and interrupt the flow of movement.

Exhibition highlights include:

  • Andy WarholSleep, a 50-minute excerpt of the five hourlong anti-film depicting Warhol’s sleeping friend, John Giorno, who is suspended by seeming stillness. Giorno’s sleep is punctuated by micro-movements for the patient viewer/voyeur.
  • Jeroen EisingaSpringtime, a black-and-white film recording Eisinga’s foray into “bee-bearding.” After a caged queen bee is placed below Eisinga’s chin, 150,000 bees engulf him over the course of 19 minutes.
  • Christina A. West- Pause, a larger-than-normal figure of unnatural color is positioned mid-gesture. While appearing to be frozen in time and space, movement is projected onto the figure’s eyes to simulate the animation of the inanimate.
  • George S. Whiteley, IV- Daguerreotypes and tintypes from the 1800s are exhibited from the vast collection of Atlanta-based photography expert George S. Whiteley. The ten portraits in Pause, selected to represent how photography broke down class barriers, depict post-mortem subjects and a head and neck brace used to resist movement during long exposure.

Gwirtzman’s Mapping–March 12, 2015, 8pm

  ITE’s 2nd Annual Contemporary Dance Festival, March 11-15, will bring together some of NYC’s most talented emerging and established choreographers for an immersive focus on contemporary concert dance. The festival will feature two world premieres, a New York premiere, as well as six works-in-progress and re-staged pieces.  DGDC’s acclaimed solo Mapping will be performed [...]

DGDC receives CUNY residency

The Company has been awarded a residency through the City University of New York (CUNY) Dance Initiative, a program providing rehearsal and performance space to New York City choreographers and dance companies.  In its second year, CDI opens the doors of CUNY campuses to New York City choreographers and dance companies by assisting the colleges [...]

New Year New Partnerships

DGDC in Encore

The Company’s beloved Encore enters its eighth year in active repertory.  Since its premiere at New York’s Joyce SoHo in 2007, there has never been a year when the work has not been performed, and by multiple companies, not only by DGDC.  It was prescient of The New Yorker to write at that time: “Encore [...]

Falling in all Directions

For Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, fall’s curriculum covers a range of stimulating projects, in academia, the professional field and the general community. It is the diet we follow and love, what keeps us in prime shape. October 17-18 DG participates in the Tennessee Association of Dance’s annual Tennessee Dance Festival, Chattanooga, TN October 23-26 DGDC [...]

BAM Season: May 30-June 1

The Oracle at BAM Fisher

The ORACLE World Premiere May 30, May 31, June 1, at BAM Fisher. Read all about the performance on our ORACLE page.  

Rock The Boat

DG in Rock The Boat

The last film of The Brazil Series is the rollicking fun Rock The Boat. Classical, improvisational and hip-hop forms blend into a picnic of delights when this seaman’s obsession with dance animates a series of empty boats.  Watch it HERE on our Fifteen Anniversary Page.

Crab World

Daniel Gwirtzman in Crab World

It’s a crab’s world after all. Daniel Gwirtzman and filmmaker Rafael Silva de Carvalho collaborated on Crab World, a two-minute film shot on location in Misericordia, Bahia, a tiny village on the island of Itaparica, across the Bay from Salvador. Watch the film HERE!

Into The Streets

Nana and Leonardo

With wit, great will and a cast of Brazilian dancers of diverse backgrounds, Daniel leads the enthusiastic literally into the streets of  Salvador da Bahia, the former capital of Brazil.   Filmed at the time of historic protests this film is a peaceful response to the violent uprisings.  In the heart of Afro-Brazil, just blocks [...]