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Prophets of Funk


David Dorfman Dance


Joyce Theater


Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 7:30pm
Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 8:00pm
Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 8:00pm
Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 2:00pm



David Dorfman Dance

 Prophets of Funk celebrates the groundbreaking, visceral and politically innovative music of Sly and The Family Stone, one of the first major national bands integrated along race and gender lines.  The piece for eight dancers explores the prophetic possibilities of music and dance and invites everyday people to find strength and joy in the muck and mess – the funk – of everyday life. The Joyce Theater performance will be the NYC premiere of the fully staged version of Prophets of Funk and a return of David Dorfman Dance to The Joyce for the first time since 2005.

Conceived and directed by David Dorfman, choreography and text by David Dorfman Dance.  Collaborators on Prophets of Funk include OBIE Award winning dramaturge Alex Timbers, creative consultant/scholar-in-residence David Kyuman Kim, media designer Jacob Pinholster, sound designer Samuel Crawford, lighting designer David Weiner in association with Dans Sheehan, and the music of Sly & The Family Stone.


Dancers:  Kyle Abraham, Meghan Bowden, David Dorfman, Luke Gutgsell, Renuka Hines, Raja Kelly, Kendra Portier, Karl Rogers, and Whitney Lynn Tucker. 


David Dorfman Dance will perform Prophets of Funk from January 24-29, 2012 at The Joyce Theater, with shows on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm, Thursday and Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 2pm. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street), NYC.  Tickets begin at 0 and are available by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800, in person at the Box Office (Monday-Friday, 12-6pm), or online by visiting Joyce.org.


A special New York City Intensive featuring classes with David Dorfman and the Company Members in Repertory, Technique, Partnering, Unique Body Maintenance, Improvisation and more will precede the performances at the Joyce from January 16-21, 2012 for. Visit www.daviddorfmandance.org for more information. 

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