Daniel Gwirtzman–producer, director, educator, filmmaker and dancer–celebrates twenty-one years as a New York choreographer and company director. His diverse repertory has earned praise for its humor, stylistic versatility, musicality, charisma and accessibility. “A flair for the entertaining,” says critic Elizabeth Zimmer. “Mr. Gwirtzman does know that in dance less can be more. And that’s a good thing for any choreographer to know” writes The New York Times. The New Yorker describes him as a choreographer of “high spirits and skill.”
For the New York City-based Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company he has created more than one hundred repertory works known for their playfully virtuosity, blending robust physicality with universal themes. His choreography has been performed at venues throughout the country and abroad. He has been awarded commissions, residencies and fellowships from institutions including the Joyce Theater Foundation (NY), The Yard (MA), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (MA), Djerassi Resident Artists Program (CA), Sfakiotes (Greece), Raumars (Finland) and the Sacatar Foundation (Brazil).
A master teacher, Gwirtzman has worked at numerous universities. Daniel holds degrees from The University of Michigan and The University of Wisconsin. He danced in the companies of Garth Fagan Dance and the Mark Morris Dance Group among others. He co-founded Artichoke Dance Company in 1995, which The New York Times called “a welcome addition to the New York dance scene.” As a dancer he has been described as a willowy John Travolta, sensual, playful, a rag doll, unusually supple, and one who moves like the wind. Summer 2016 he will be in residence at the Maison Dora Maar in France and the Aktuelle Architektur der Kultur in Spain.