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COMMUNITY CHOREOGRAPHIC PROJECTS

The Company has a history of creating works involving community members of all ages and
abilities. This commitment to community outreach is central to the Company’s mission of
making dance accessible, exciting, and collaborative.

Framework & The Carousel Dance 2009

The Company invited twelve second-grade students to join the Company for two dances.

Brazil

In 2003, the Sacatar Foundation invited Gwirtzman to create for eight weeks on the island of
Itaparica, in Bahia, Brazil. He worked with ten previously untrained dancers on the island and
twelve trained dancers from the Fundacao Cultural, a state-run dance school in Salvador, the
capital city across the bay. At the end of the two-month period, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance
Company presented an evening-length dance piece called Renascimento at the theater located
on the central square of downtown Salvador.

Finland

In 2002, the Company was in residence in Rauma, Finland for two months thanks to an invitation
from Raumars artist-in-residence program. During the residency, the Company developed the
choreography for Evoluutio, a project that brought together over sixty local people, children
through senior adults, most of whom had no previous dance or performance experience.
Additionally, the Company performed and taught in various studios, schools, universities and
theaters elsewhere in Finland.

The Yard

The Company has had a relationship with The Yard, a renown colony for the performing arts on Martha’s Vineyard, since 1998, working with students of all ages, adults and senior adults in classes and in the development of multi-generational performances. In addition to the 1998 Evolution which integrated community members–children, professionals, and senior adults–into an evening-length dance with the Company,

Carinosa

Project with 4th graders at PS 187